Around Manhattan Island and other maritime tales of New York by Brian J. Cudahy

By Brian J. Cudahy

The port of recent York, big apple Harbor, is usually bustling; any resident of or customer to big apple is fast to acknowledge the critical half the port performs within the lifetime of the town, however the vessels that continue it alive are hardly ever interested by. In those six tales, Brian Cudahy offers us with a different and beautiful journey of the port of recent York during the twentieth century. From the Iron Steamboat corporation to the Norwiegan Cruise strains, round ny Island is a treasure for all with an curiosity in maritime background, and for all who love long island.

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All were painted traditional steamboat white; all but Traveler were built as steam-powered and later converted to diesel; Traveler retained her original steam engine for all of her days. ) Circle Line's Tourist, incidentally, was not the old Tourist from the days of Roberts and Goodwin; though bearing the same name, she was a different and slightly newer vessel that was launched in Boston in 1906. The name Circle Line seemed quite appropriate for the service the company was offering. Its stock in trade was to sail around Manhattan Island, and while the route was hardly a true circle when traced out on a map, the name was sensible and quickly caught on.

And foreign ports. In many cases, the military-to-civilian conversion of an LCI(L) involved little more than a fresh coat of paint. For service around Manhattan Island, though, definite conversion specifications were developed. The original pilothouse amidships would not clear the Harlem River bridges. It had to be replaced with a lower structure, and the obvious place to put it was further forward. This fortunate happenstance gave those LCI(L)s converted for around-Manhattan Island service a distinctive and very balanced low and long look of their own, one that was quite unlike the ships' appearance in their wartime configuration.

Like Circle Line, Day Line inaugurated sightseeing service with its yachts painted traditional steamboat white. This lasted only a A 1953 advertisement for Hudson RIver Day Line's around-Manhattan sightseeing service. Page 27 season or two, though, presumably because the rigors of competition demanded vessels whose ownership was obvious at first glance, and what was more obvious than a distinctive color scheme? Day Line first tried a grey, white, and yellow design and later went for a black hull with buff-orange and white trim.

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