The ferry named after Nova Scotia civil rights activist Viola Desmond docked on the Dartmouth side of the harbour on Sunday, but its maiden voyage won't be for another couple of weeks.

Halifax Transit's newest ferry will officially launch July 7 at 10:00 a.m. at Nathan Green Square in Halifax.

Viola Desmond

Viola Desmond's case is credited with ending segregation in Nova Scotia in 1954. (CBC)

The public voted to name the ferry after Viola Desmond. Out of 19,239 votes, she received just under a third.

Desmond — who ran a barbershop and beauty parlour in Halifax — was arrested in New Glasgow in 1946 when she sat in the whites only section of a movie theatre. She fought the charges and won an appeal in court. Desmond's case is credited with helping end segregation in Nova Scotia in 1954.

The ferry was built by A.F. Theriault & Son Ltd., which is located in Meteghan River, N.S.