From the info so far it sounds like there was a hard landing that 4 people were not prepared for. I always tried to be near the docking end and at one of the posts on that end, lean on post and read my paper riding to the MK, stroll off and enter the kingdom. Same on the return, brace for contact and then stroll off after the crew ties off.
As long as I have been alive, there have been identical type ferries that crossed Lake Champlain from Vermont to New York State and back every day all day 365 days a year. They even reinforced the hull to make them icebreakers in the winter. Lake Champlain is a very windy open lake 187 miles long and up to 14 miles wide in places. To my knowledge those have never hit the dock area (again almost identical design to WDW). Has to make one wonder what the real story is.
Well, damn, the things I miss by living in North Carolina. So one time in my 73 years then. To still put a finer point on it that last count I remember they have 8 ferry's traversing the lake all day long, every day without the benefit of the usually calm waters of Seven Seas Lagoon. Wicked bad timing though! I didn't see a date on there so I don't know for sure when it happened.
So… where can I find these ghost stories!? Care to tell or any links? A quick google search turned this up from 2003 but no info really.Fun fact: that boat is also known as the haunted one. It was involved in an accident with a guest on a rented boat(those little 1 or 2 seaters) and the mother was killed. CMs have many stories of things happening that make no sense!
It ranges from a figure appearing in the window to a passing ferry boat to weird things in dry dock. Usually things like trash can doors popping open on their own when the boat was totally shut down and tied up. I can ask in the watercraft CM facebook group
In general, employees / cast are not typically scheduled 12 + hour shifts. More typical is to be scheduled an extra day of the week.Somebody fact check me on this, but I heard from an unnamed source that these ferry captains work 12 to 15 hour shifts.
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