Croydon Ferry

 “The ferry was run by the Cochrane family, who were also guides on hunting parties out of Jasper.  Later it was run by Tom Wilson.  The Cochranes and Tom Wilson had come in originally with the railway construction, the latter being a river man on the barges.  At first the ferry was just a number of rowboats, but then we got a ferry big enough for horses and wagons, and then cars.  If you were on the south side and you wanted to go across, you just went to the river and hollered.  If the wind was blowing in the wrong way or the ferryman was asleep, you could holler and holler and holler!  However if all was well it didn’t matter what time of the day or night it was – Tom would come on the run with a joke and a cheerful word.  He always said, ‘The scenery is just beautiful, but it makes darned poor soup!’

The vehicles had to stop in just the right place on the ferry so that it wouldn’t upend.  One night the ferry was on the south side and a car drove on and right off the other end.  Two women were drowned that night in the only accident that ever happened on the ferry.”  (Talitha Rosin, 1978)

 

Photo:  Croydon Ferry, 1936.  L to R: Mrs. Long, Mr. Long, Margaret Smart, Morris Long, Tom Wilson, Louise Workman, (front).  Valley Museum and Archives, Dunster Women’s Institute.