2-9. Ferry Reconnaissance Report Form (DA Form 1252). When more detailed information
is needed about a ferry or a ferry site, a DA Form 1252 (Figure 2-12 and Figure 2-13,
page 2-24) is used to provide a permanent record of ferry information. Information is
Items 1 through 11. Enter all information that identifies the ferry by route, map
sheet, grid reference, ferry serial number, classification, geographic location, and
the name of the stream or body of water.
Item 12. Enter any limiting features that could affect ferry operations (such as
condition of vessels and terminals, floods, low water, freezing, and tides). Also, give
seasons and dates for any limiting climatic conditions.
Items 13 through 15. Record the depth of the stream or body of water at low,
mean, and high water levels; the crossing time; and the length of the course.
Item 16. Record the pertinent design features of the vessels used. This information
includes the number; construction type; method and power of propulsion; length;
beam; draft, gross, and net tonnage; and capacity of the vessels.
Item 17. Designate the geographic direction of the banks by circling the
appropriate abbreviations (N, E, S, W). Enter the name, the dimensions of the
slips, specific docking approaches, the number of rail lines on or near the slip, and
the number of sidings.
Item 18. Enter facilities for transferring freight, and indicate those cases where
railroad cars are loaded directly on the ferry. In addition, use this space to amplify
details given in Items 1 through 17. Include obstructions, navigational aids,
availability of and distances to alternate crossings, and other pertinent data not
recorded elsewhere. To support the DA Form 1252, photographs should be taken of
all ferries reconnoitered. These photographs should include the ferry site, the ferry
slips, the ferryboats, and the approach routes. If the ferryboats are not self-
propelled, the photographs should include auxiliary equipment (such as cables,
towers, and winches).
Items 19 and 20. Draw a sketch showing the route alignment plan and two
sketches showing terminal views on both sides of the crossing. The route
alignment plan should indicate the geographical course of the ferry, terminals, and
approaches to the slips. Take particular care in recording instructions. Show
navigational aids (such as buoys and lights). Make two separate sketches showing
each terminal, including the geographical position of each bay and details of the
slips, ramps, and bumper piles (Figure 2-13).