Ask the average American anywhere in the country to answer the word association question Staten Island and you get Ferry in immediate response. What is regularly billed as America's favourite boatride - not least because a round trip still costs an astonishing twenty-five cents - is the last public survivor of New York Harbour's once immense fleet ...Read MoreAsk the average American anywhere in the country to answer the word association question Staten Island and you get Ferry in immediate response. What is regularly billed as America's favourite boatride - not least because a round trip still costs an astonishing twenty-five cents - is the last public survivor of New York Harbour's once immense fleet of those doughty double-ended ferryboats.Read Less
Fair. Good copy for reading, may have heavy page wear with writing textual notes highlighting or be an heavily used ex library copy with library markings, stickers or stamps. Dust jacket or accessories may not be included.
Very Good+, Very Good+ Square 4TO, 472 pgs., B/W, Color Phot, Hardcover. Hardcover: Light gray cloth binding with title on spine in black. Light soil to bottom foredge. Dark blue paste-downs and first endpapers are spotless. Double page illustrated title is crisp and clean. Text and photo pages are printed on crisp, matte paper. A round trip still costs and astonishing twenty-five cents and it is the last public survivor of New York Harbor's once immense fleet of double-ended ferryboats. Stories, charts, maps, photographs, diagrams, route lists, fleet rosters of some four hundred ferryboats tell us about this. Illustrated. Nice tight binding. Jacket: Excellent condition. Photo illustrated front cover. Minor edgewear. Very attractive/desirable copy in protective mylar.
4to Grey cloth stamped in black on spine. 472 pages plus section of color photos printed on slick paper. Many black and white photos. Dust jacket with nearly invisible repaired tear on front. Clean. Tightly bound. Fine/ Very good.
Over and Back has been one of my most prized possessions for several years now. I was surprised to find that it had no review on Alibris. Since it does not I will take some time to weigh in on my opinion.
Brian Cudahy is one of the greatest American authors of transportation subject matter who has ever lived and Over and Back is without question one of his greatest works.
Aspects of material culture...the machines and the structures which inform men's surroundings in time and place and which ultimately enable his forward progress...of those things which we all too often take for granted including the lowly and utilitarian ferryboat... attention must be paid. Historians and those interested in American Maritime Enterprise and Regional Commerce know just how supremely important is the Port of New York and what the engine powered double-ender ferries meant to that vital city. What Cudahy ambitiously attempts is no less than the identification and cursory history of EVERY ONE of the cities private and municipal double-ender ferryboats since the inception of steam power. Aditionally, he also discusses all of the operators and all of the routes over which these ferries ran (about 200 years of history). How well he succeeds may only be known by Cudahy himself, since no one else alive knows as much or has invested as much time and energy in the undertaking.
In my perfect world this author would perform the same treatment with other East Coast Cities such as Philadelphia and Boston, which also had extensive ferry operations, though by no means to the extent of New York.
If you hold any interest in maritime commerce, water-borne transit, New York history or if you simply enjoy the intersection of deep scholarship and accessibly great writing than this is surely the book that you never knew you always wanted! A+
Publishers Weekly, 1990-01-12 The first steam-propelled ferry crossed the Hudson River in 1812; by 1900, five major railroads operated ferryboat services to Manhattan. Before the Civil War, ferries were the only system of mechanized transport for local short-haul trips in, around and across New York Harbor; they were operated by private companies, railroads and, after 1905, the city. Cudahy's ( Under the Sidewalks of New York ) well-documented, exhaustive history covers nearly two centuries, tracing technological improvements in engine and vessel design and changes in service caused by bridges and tunnels. Enthusiasm for his subject leads to a great deal of minutiae, such as identifying the ferryboats Lincoln used on his inaugural journey to Washington. The Staten Island ferries (capacity, 6000) are described with a look at special-purpose ferries (from the city morgue to Potters Field on Hart Island). For transportation historians and ferryboat buffs, here is a treasure trove. Illustrated. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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