Thimble Islands Ferry Service
Dock/Boat Phone: 203-483-6659 Office: 203-889-8365
The Thimble Islands Ferry Company is a small family-operated business in Branford, CT owned and operated by Bill and Jenny Smith. Bill is a US Coast Guard certified captain and holds a 100 ton master's license.
The Adriaen B is a 26-foot double-ender whale boat originally serving as tender to a US Naval ship. She is Coast Guard certified for 14 passengers and one captain. Her name honors Dutch explorer Adriaen Block, who is credited with the discovery of the Thimble Islands and Block Island, RI. Half the vessel is covered and protected from wind.
The Hendrick, in honor of Adriaen's fellow captain, is a 27-foot Carolina Skiff certified for 14 passengers. It is mostly uncovered and is wheelchair accessible.
We are fortunate to have a team of experienced captains including Bob Lillquist, Phil Brencher, Jim Robinson, Jeff Weber, Dave Atkinson and Martha Ifkovic. All of our captains hold US Coast Guard master 's licenses.
Transportation for islanders and their visitors:
Our priority is providing prompt and reliable service to and from the islands. No reservations needed for individuals and groups under 8 traveling on our regular schedule. After-hour and off-schedule trips can be arranged by reservation. Deliveries are available from several local business (see Deliveries page for details). Riders may request pick-ups from one of the islands by calling the boat phone 20 minutes before the hour: 203-889-8365.
Public trips to Outer Island:
The public is welcome to ride on any of our regularly scheduled trips to and from Outer Island. Fare is $7.50 each way. Visitors to Outer Island are encouraged to visit www.outerisland.org or the Friends of Outer Island website for information: www.friendsofouterisland.org. Large groups are asked to call ahead for availability.
Student Trips to Outer Island and Horse Island:
We are happy to accommodate student groups to Outer Island and Horse Island. Coordinators are asked to call ahead to make reservations. We will schedule these trips around our regular runs. The student group rate is $6/student each way; groups are asked to present payment on the day of travel.
We primarily offer transportation to the islands; passengers seeking narrated and chartered tours around the area are encouraged to contact one of the tour boat companies:
The Sea Mist : www.thimbleislandcruise.com; 203-488-8905
The Volsunga: www.thimbleislands.com; 203-481-3345
The Islander: www.thimbleislander.com 203-397-3921
If space is available, we are glad to have the public ride along on our regularly-scheduled trips. The charge is $13 and the route will depend on our daily schedule.
Weddings and Parties:
We will gladly accommodate guests for weddings, parties, and events throughout the season. We can arrange for our second boat to carry additional passengers if necessary and will work to meet your scheduling needs. Deposit required to make reservation for party of 20 or more.