Deck hand Bill Schleire of Sistersville, W.Va. , peers off the side of the City of Sistersville II on the Ohio River after closing the ferry's gate on Wednesday November 14, 2012. The City of Sistersville II is motorists' only means of crossing the Ohio River in Tyler county West Virginia.
Deck hand Bill Schleire of Sistersville, W.Va. hands change to Denny Crawford of Paden City, W. Va. The ferry is utilized most commonly by commuters who live on one side of the river but need to drive to their jobs on the other side. When the ferry is closed in the winter months, locals are forced to detour to bridges in neighboring counties. For some, this means adding a great deal of time to their morning travels.
Captain Donny Villono mans the helm of The City of Sistersville II while ferrying a patron across the Ohio River on November 14, 2012.
Deck hand Bill Schleire throws a rope used to secure The City of Sistersville II to the W.Va. coastline while Captain Donny Villono oversees from the wheelhouse of the vessel on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 .
Captain Donny Villono waits for ferry patrons on the shore of Fly, Ohio on November 14, 2012. Villono worked on barges for several years before becoming captain of The City of Sistersville II.
Deck Hand Albert Gram rests while waiting for more clients to utilize the ferry service in Sistersville, W. Va. on November 19, 2012. Though the ferry in use during peak times, those who work the ferry often have periods of downtime throughout the day.
After flipping the ferry service sign on coast of Fly, Ohio, Deck Hand Albert Gram walks toward the vessel during the mid-day break in service. The ferry is suspended during the slowest hours for traffic from 9AM to 3PM weekdays.
Captain Donny Villono enjoys a smoke at the prior to the conclusion of ferry service on Wednesday November 14, 2012. The amount of traffic the ferry transports varies regularly. The 10 minute
The glow of the radar illuminates Captain Donny Villono before the ferry's final run back home to Sistersville, W.Va. on the evening of November 14, 2012.