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Published on Nov 18, 2011
As bottles of champagne were broken against her bow, the blast of her horns cut through the clear fall air and huge columns of water rose into the sky from a tugboat just offshore, the 265-foot-long ferry John W. Johnson was christened this morning to the cheers and applause of more than 300 guests at the headquarters of the Texas Department of Transportation's Galveston-Port Bolivar Ferry System.
The distinguished gentleman for whom the vessel is named was a member of the Texas Transportation Commission from 1999 until 2007, including four years as its chairman. Mr. Johnson, now chairman of the Houston-based Permian Mud Service Inc., is the latest in a series of TxDOT leaders whom the department has honored by commissioning a ferry bearing his name.