City of Jacksonville

St. Johns River Ferry

Vessel Information 

Photo of the St. Johns River Ferry vessel Jean Ribault.
Jean Ribault
Engines (2) Detroit Diesel 12V149
Horsepower 1,500 combined
Speed 11 Knots
Length overall 153.6 feet
Beam 56 feet
Draft 7 feet
Gross tons 1,131 ITC
Net tons 567 ITC
Vehicles 40
Passengers 206
Crew 7

Named after the renowned French explorer, the Jean Ribault (shown above) launched from Atlantic DryDock and Marine in Jacksonville in 1996. The 40-car capacity Jean Ribault is the primary vessel used in the St. Johns River Ferry service. The vessel features two independent computerized propulsion systems, as well as modern navigation systems including radar, DGPS and communication equipment.


Photo of the St. Johns River Ferry retired vessel Blackbeard.The 50-car capacity Blackbeard (shown left) was retired in 2008 and is in dry dock storage in Green Cove Springs, Fla.