BALBOA ISLAND — Gay Wassall-Kelly brought $2 with her to Thursday's re-dedication ceremony for the Balboa Island Ferry's historic marker, which was first dedicated in 1970 by the Newport Beach Historical Society.
"I figured it was a good time to pay back my fares," said Wassall-Kelly, 71, of Newport Beach. "As a girl, we'd cheat by jumping off the ferry midway."
The fare for the four-minute ride cost about 10 cents then, she said, comparing that with today's rates, which are $1 for pedestrians, $1.25 for bicyclists and $2 for cars.
"So, I don't really owe that much money," said Wassall-Kelly, adding later that it was an "easy swim."
Wassall-Kelly was one of two dozen local residents who met at the ferry's Balboa Island landing not only to re-dedicate the marker with a new metal plaque, but to also honor the ferry's owner and former operator, Seymour Beek, 77.
"We'd ride half way, until the guy who's supposed to collect our nickels would catch up with us and we'd jump," said Balboa Island native Don Dickey, 81. "He'd get so upset , he'd just come undone. We did it just to tease him, mainly."