The name is a fitting nod to the water that she will travel, andto her sister ship. The Department of Transportation and Public Works has chosen thename Petit Princess for the new car ferry that will sail PetitPassage between Digby Neck and Long Island, Digby Co. Her sistership in New Brunswick is also regally named — the Deer IslandPrincess II. Grade 7 student Felicia Frost proposed Petit Princess in a namingcontest for the new $4-million ferry. Transportation and PublicWorks Minister Ron Russell selected her entry from 66 namessubmitted by students at Islands Consolidated School in Freeport. “Our goal was to find the best name for the new ferry with thehelp of students who will sail aboard her for years to come,”said Mr Russell. “With so many well thought-out names submitted,students clearly benefitted from their research in this contest.” Mr. Russell and Felicia revealed the name at a ceremony at theHalifax Shipyard today, Nov. 18. The minister presented Feliciawith $500 for winning the contest. Transportation and PublicWorks also gave Islands Consolidated School $1,000 to fund aschool project. “The contest made students think about the uniqueness of wherethey live, and the importance of the ferry system as atransportation link to the mainland,” said Loretta Crocker,principal of Islands Consolidated School. “The studentsresearched the history of the islands and we all learnedsomething new.” The ferry is being built at the Halifax Shipyard and will becommissioned early in 2004. The Petit Princess is a 42-metrevessel with a capacity of 24 cars, 95 passengers and four crew.It is wheelchair accessible and is replacing the Joshua Slocum,which was built in 1974. In 1974, the Slocum carried 38,000 vehicles a year; that numberhas now skyrocketed to 96,000 a year, mainly as a result ofincreased tourism.