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I could have called this post about this vessel out there on a hazy midday “people movers 15″, because this is a cruise ship, unique in many ways:  size, shape, and place of origin.  I could also have called it “newest hull in the sixth boro 11″ because it is, although there are three other […]

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Some cruise ships look great after having sailed for many years.  For example, Artania entered the sixth boro a few weeks ago.  She was launched as Royal Princess in 1984 in Finland, 756′ x 97′ and carried around 1200 passengers with 537 crew. The even older Stockholm still sails as well.  Rich Taylor caught it here three […]

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Crown Princess moves lots of people; the collection of all the newest ferries in the sixth boro move even more people, and although one might expect that the addition of this new fleet would be a win-win for the city and the builder.  I rode one of the ferries on the first day of operation […]

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Sunliner –I find — delightful as a throwback in design, a stylistic left-over from a half century back, plying the Chicago River, as the surroundings change. As an amateur, I see fused influences in the Bertrand Goldberg building to the right . . . some Buffalo grain elevator and some Zaha Hadid. Photos and sentiments […]

People Movers 11

Here are more photos from May 1.  Betsy Ross is a product of  Yank Marine in Tuckahoe, New Jersey.   Here, r to l, are three generations of sixth boro people movers . . . Betsy Ross, Garden State, and the new NYCFerry known as H202 for now.  Garden State was launched in 1994. H202 […]

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I read the sign and decided to wait until the greeters had left and then bought a round trip ticket at Pier 11 for less than what I’d pay for a bagel and coffee and got on the next ride to the Rockaways.  If you want to know specs and dimensions and such right now, […]

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Lomer-Gouin and Alfonse Desjardins are twin 1971 ferries, or traversiers operating between Quebec City and Levis, but the organization has ferries between many other points on the St. Lawrence as well. The word traversiers is easy to trace and associate, but the derivation of ferry is from Norse.  These are no double ended ferries like those big […]

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On the river Rouge, SS Ste Claire languishes, a slightly younger sister of SS Columbia, both designed by Frank Kirby. I’m reminded in saying this that I have some updated photos of Columbia, but plan to devote an entire post to her. City of Algonac is one of two ferries that traverse the St. Clair River between […]

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Here are the previous posts. The 1980 Innisfree works the Chicago River, but it has New England roots. The rest of the boats in this post work in the waters around Mackinac Island.  Anna May is Wisconsin-built, 1947. Felicity is a Shepler’s Ferry boats.  For a history of the business, click here. Straits of Mackinac II […]

Earth-on-Water Day 2

If you hop on a plane today, you might still catch the last two days of this flower parade in the land and specific region of my father;  my mother grew up farther east on the Rhine. Here’s an English version of what’s going on;  Westland is a region connected by waterways, not a town. […]