A complete history of the ferryboats which once operated across the Hudson River to Manhatten fron New Jersey and that were owned and operated by various railroad companies in conjunction with their commuter and long distance trains. This work also covers the Staten Island Ferry.A complete history of the ferryboats which once operated across the Hudson River to Manhatten fron New Jersey and that were owned and operated by various railroad companies in conjunction with their commuter and long distance trains. This work also covers the Staten Island Ferry.Read Less
Near Fine. 9780823219544. B&W Illustrations; 4to 11"-13" tall; 276 pages; Large-format paperback in glossy pictorial covers. Bright, snug and neat; no marks. A pair of mild stress creases to the front cover. Profusely illustrated with B&W photographs and reproduced maps, engravings and wood cuts. NF...Oversize book may require additional charges for expedited or international shipping.
This item is printed on demand. Railroad Ferries of the Hudson and the Stories of a Deckhand is a complete business, economic, technical, and social history of the ferryboats that were once operated across the Hudson River to Manhattan from New Jersey an.
Railroad Ferries of the Hudson and Stories of a Deckhand is a Jem of a book! This is the kind of book that evokes a time and place so completely that you are left feeling that you were there! It is, as so many of the very best non-fiction books are, a detailed primer of the operators (in this case Railroads) and the objects (the vessels of their fleets -(beautiful old wooden double-ender ferries). The work is peppered with great black and white photos, some plans, tables with pertinent builder information and a healthy quantity of masterfully written text. The second section takes the information you have just learned and humanizes it with the memoirs? and memories of people who were actually associated with the job of ferrying commuters between New Jersey and Manhattan during the "Golden Age" of American Travel (1920s-1960s).
The Six "Railroad Navies" of the Hudson River (Pennsylvania, New York Central, Erie, Lackawannah, Central of New Jersey and Public Service...an Upper Hudson Street Railway) are profiled in great depth.
This is a true keeper and has long been a personal favorite.
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