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A specially constructed vessel to bring passengers and property across rivers and other bodies of water from one shoreline to another, making contact with a thoroughfare at each terminus. The landing place for a boat. A right or privilege to maintain a vessel upon a body of water in order to transport people and their vehicles across it in exchange for payment of a reasonable toll. Technically a ferry is considered a continuation of a highway from one side of the body of water that it passes over to the other.

The privilege of handling a ferry is called a franchise. A ferry franchise is a permit from the state to a specifically named individual giving that person the authority to operate a ferry. It is a general prerequisite to the lawful establishment of a public ferry. The operator of a ferry is not relieved of the duty to obtain a franchise by formation of a company, since the franchise becomes a contract between the owner and the state.

Usually the grant of a ferry franchise implicitly gives the recipient the power to collect tolls. Ferriage is the fare that the ferry operator may charge. The unauthorized establishment of another ferry within competing distance of an already existing one constitutes an infringement of the ferry franchise, even in the absence of physical interference.

A ferry franchise can be terminated either by expiration of its term or by revocation by the licensing authorities. It is generally subject to renewal, for which the original owner is usually given a preference.

A public ferry is for use by the public at large, whereas a private ferry is operated solely for the benefit of its proprietor.

The state has intrinsic authority to regulate and control ferries that operate within its borders. It may exercise such power by law or by contract with the operator. The state may regulate the transportation of dangerous articles, the nature and frequency of service, and the location of terminals. In addition, it may impose a license fee or tax on the operation of ferries within its boundaries.


a legal right to charge for transporting passengers by boat. See REGALIA MINORA.
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After spending some time with Ferris it is easy to see how he made such a big impact behind the scenes without being overstated - a skilled operation if ever there was one.
At the High Court in Edinburgh, Lord Turnbull told Ferris, of Motherwell, his guilty plea had saved him from a 12-year sentence.
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Muchos de los pasajeros de la rueda Ferris estaban ahi para estudiar su mecanismo y copiarlo.
But Mr Ferris admitted he had only one witness to support his evidence.
A video of Shepherd aboard the Ferris wheel at the Navy Pier, modeled after the original Chicago World's Fair designs, can be viewed below.
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But Ferris offered an upbeat assessment on his Twitter account when he declared: "Thanks for all the messages.
Morrow, the organizer of the visit, said that the goal was to encourage the Polymer Ambassadors to help increase enrollment in this one-of-a-kind program at Ferris State University.
In 2005, Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy gave up a chance to participate in May Day celebrations to meet with Ferris and me, residents of Briarwood Mobile Home Park in Eugene.