With Patience and two swings of a wine bottle, Crissy Christens

Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam christened her first ship – actually, a ferry boat named Patience – on Friday at Serodino Shipyard in the town of Guild, reports the Chattanooga TFP. It took two swings with a group of about 100 people watching the ceremony.

On first swing, the bottle cracked a little and a small amount of wine seeped out. But not much.

….Haslam was nervous. She had never done this before. She didn’t know what to expect, but she thought it would be more dramatic than the results of her first swing. So she gripped the bottle again, swung it again, and cracked it again.

The bottle opened a little more and the wine sprayed a little more, and that was that. Nothing too dramatic. Then Haslam… toured the boat with Pete Serodino of Serodino Shipyard, and others in attendance soon followed.

“You did a beautiful job on this boat,” she told the shipyard employees. “I can’t imagine. I know nothing about building a boat. I might could have painted something. That’s about it. That’s about all I could have done.”

…Today, the ferry and its barge will start a 10-day journey from the shipyard in Guild to Cumberland City, Tenn., where it will replace a 32-year-old Cumberland River ferry and a 36-year-old barge.

TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said the department operates two ferries. This one comes out of a $3 million grant from the Federal Highway Administration. The other, the Benton-Houston ferry, runs across the Tennessee River between Benton and Houston counties.