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Essex Ferry may close for Winter

"The canal is shut down for the winter, so even if a [new] ferry was available, it would have to be dismantled at Whitehall and put back together to get it up to Lake Champlain," Sayward explained. "This could take months."

Palmer noted that LCT can't be blamed for the shortage of winter-worthy ferries.

"Trey Pecor's hands are really tied," she said, "he only has as many boats as he has."

LCT has already taken to ordering a new ferry, said Stewart, which will be built in Florida and delivered in October 2010.

Until then, ferry riders can go to www.ferries.com to sign up for alerts and updates through either e-mails or cell phone texts.

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