With the crack of a wine bottle, the newest addition to NovaScotia’s ferry fleet was officially christened today, June 23, atEast Ferry in Digby County. Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation and Public Works, smasheda bottle of Nova Scotia wine across the hull of the PetitPrincess, the new car ferry that sails Petit Passage betweenDigby Neck and Long Island, as part of the ceremony. “This event is being held to recognize the importance of thePetit Princess to the residents of this area,” said Mr. Russell.”Not only will the ferry carry goods and people safely but itwill also encourage economic growth through tourism in thisbeautiful part of the province.” The $4-million ferry was built at the Halifax Shipyard and madeits maiden voyage across Petit Passage in March of 2004. ThePetit Princess is 42 metres long with a capacity of 24 cars, 95passengers and four crew. As part of a naming contest at Islands Consolidated School, theferry was named Petit Princess after the water it crosses, PetitPassage. The name was proposed by Felicia Frost, a Grade 7student. The Petit Princess replaces the 29.1-metre Joshua Slocum, builtin 1974. The province sold the Slocum but retained the name forfuture generations as a way to celebrate the feats of NovaScotian Joshua Slocum, the first person to navigate solo aroundthe world. The Slocum ferry was renamed The Lost Joshua prior tosale.