Naming competition for new Matinicus Isle ferry pumps brakes on ‘tomfoolery’

PORTLAND, Maine — Not every ferry can visit Matinicus Isle, which is 22 miles offshore in Knox County. The harbor is just too small and full of rocks.

Among the Maine Department of Transportation’s fleet of ships serving the Penobscot Bay Islands and beyond, only the M/V Everett Libby has the diminutive dimensions required to safely wriggle to Matinicus Dock.

However, the Libby has been in service for 63 years – since 1960, when John F. Kennedy beat Richard Nixon for president. It is to be replaced in 2024. But before the new ferry makes its maiden voyage to the island, it needs a name.

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