Boats We Rode NYS Excursion & Ferries By Franklin Roberts & John Gilles SC
Boats We Rode NYS Excursion & Ferries By Franklin Roberts & John Gilles SC
Boats We Rode NYS Excursion & Ferries By Franklin Roberts & John Gilles SC
Boats We Rode NYS Excursion & Ferries By Franklin Roberts & John Gilles SC
Boats We Rode NYS Excursion & Ferries By Franklin Roberts & John Gilles SC
Boats We Rode NYS Excursion & Ferries By Franklin Roberts & John Gilles SC
Boats We Rode NYS Excursion & Ferries By Franklin Roberts & John Gilles SC

Boats We Rode NYS Excursion & Ferries By Franklin Roberts & John Gilles SC

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Boats We Rode NYS Excursion & Ferries By Franklin Roberts & John Gilles SC
 
The Boats We Rode NYS By Franklin Roberts & John Gillespie
Soft Cover
Copyright 1974
100 Pages
A quarter century of New Yorks excursion boats and Ferries

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction  4
City of New York  5
Meseck Line  16
Keansburg Steamb0at Company  18
St. John's Guild  20
Manhattan Excursion Tours Inc. of N. Y.  22
Wilson Line, Inc.   23
Sandy Hook Lines  29
Normandy Sightseeing Boats  31
Panorama Line     34
Sutton Line  36
Hudson River Day Line, Inc.  37
Day Line, Inc.  40
Day Line Sightseeing  42
Wills Line, Inc.  45
Circle Line Statue Ferry  47
United States Government  50
Electric Ferries, Inc.  55
Sunrise Ferries, Inc.  56
Circle Line Sightseeing Yachts  59
Rockaway Boat Lines  76
Catholic Youth Organization  79
Holiday Outings, Inc.  80
Erie Railroad Company 81
Hoboken Ferry Company  82
Central Railroad of New Jersey  88
New York Central  90
Tolchester Line  92
Sound Steamship Lines  93
Fairwater Excursions, Inc.  94
American Hydrofoil Corporation  97
Orange Steamship Lines  98
Casey Line, Inc.  99
Index    102

INTRODUCTION
During the past quarter century, a wide variety of local passenger vessels operated in New York Harbor. Excursion boats sailed up the Hudson River toward Bear Mountain and other points, down the bay CO Rockaways Playland, or beyond the harbor entrance to New Jersey shore resorts and their beaches. Others cruised through the East River into Long Island Sound for Playland, Rye Beach and Bridgeport. While sightseeing yachts circumnavigated Manhattan Island, others offered harbor cruises. In addition, ferries carried busy commuters, general travelers and heavy automotive traffic.
The excursion boat offered a happy and exciting means of travel to your destination. While young children watched the engine, their elders could dine on board, dance or relax to music provided by a real orchestra, enjoy cooling breezes or have a shipboard romance. Advertising proclaimed: "The Largest Marine Ballroom Afloat", "Dancing and Broadway Showboat Review'', "Staterooms obtained for your own private use", "Bar and Restaurant facilities available on board the steamer", "New York's Newest, Most Modern Excursion Vessel". These special features attracted prospective passengers but each ship also had its own history. Perhaps it was at the Normandy Invasion, or maybe was once a gambling ship, or would later be sold to South America. Some were convened from fishing boats, freighters or aristocratic private yachts. Others were expressly built to provide enjoyable passenger transportation. But by 1973, excursion travel declined so that only a few boats remained. An exception, however, is the popular three hour, 35 mile sightseeing cruise around Manhattan Island which presently has ten vessels operating at close intervals.
The connecting ferry routes in New York were many and varied. At their peak back in 1929, there were some 44 different routes in operation. Three remain today. Of these, only the world-famous Staten Island Ferry is available to the general public.
Recently many people have asked: "What happened to the boats we rode"? To answer their questions is the purpose of this work. Represented are all the passenger boats that operated in New York during the past 25 years, arranged by managing company. While not a corporate history, nor a detailed study of each vessel, it is intended as a pictorial review highlighting the careers of each ship. All of the facts presented have been gathered over many years from shipping registers and records, newspaper articles, brochures and personal knowledge received through written or oral correspondence.
Many people have helped to make this work possible by contributing time and material, including: the talented marine artist, William G. Muller; Circle Line Officials Frank P. Clair and Joseph A. Moran; Department of Marine & Aviation Commissioner Vito J. Fosella and his able assistant, Patricia Green; Steamship Historical Society editor Peter Eisele; the noted author Richard V. Elliott; and naval experts Paul W. Hering and Chester P. Gugala. Also Dr. E. Hoyt Palmer of St. Johns Guild, Frank Tokar of the Catholic Youth Organization, Wilson G. Duprey and Jan Hudgens of the New-York Historical Society, Roger Arcara, Edward Boyle, James Durna, Peter Eagleton, Edward Gibbs, Dr. Richard Gottlieb, Joseph Luppino, Grace Luppino, Conrad Milster, Richard Moncrief, Ethel Mooney, Elmont Nelson, Donald D. Nevin, Captain Collin Plotzky, and Edward G. Sawtell.
Encouragement was given the authors by Gladys Roberts and Alice Gillespie. Finally an extra special vote of thanks to Mr. Robert A. Miller of the Queens Borough Public Library for his valuable assistance in arranging and reviewing the text of this work.

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