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Cape May-Lewes Ferry to Healthcare Workers: Bravo Zulu!

What's That Sound?

During the month of June, if you're in or around the North Cape May, NJ area at 5:45pm, or the Lewes, DE area at 7:30pm, make sure to keep an ear out for a series of signals emanating from the Cape May-Lewes Ferry terminals. 

You'll hear a long blast, followed by three short bursts, then another two long blasts followed by two short bursts. It'll sound a little something like this:

What Does That Mean?

What you hear there is the vessel sounding “Bravo-Zulu," which is a naval signal meaning “Well Done” with regards to actions, operations, or performance. We'll be sounding a "BZ" on the horn each evening at 5:45 p.m. in Cape May, and 7:30 p.m. in Lewes through June 30, 2020 to show support and appreciation to health care providers on both sides of the Delaware Bay who are on the frontlines of the battle with COVID-19. 

“We wanted to show our appreciation to the healthcare workers in our community and to let them know we are thinking of them,” said Derek Robinson, Cape May Lewes Ferry Port Captain. “Our ships will sound BZ fifteen minutes prior to leaving the respective ports on the last departures for the day. These are challenging times, but we’ll get through this together!”

Why 5:45 and 7:30pm?

Other marine operations have been performing this symbolic tribute in other parts of the country, typically at 7:00 p.m. We're coordinating the signal with the Ferry’s departure schedule to ensure that the vessel will be docked at the time of signal transmission, so no confusion will occur with Delaware Bay vessel traffic.