Railroad Ferries of the Hudson: And Stories of a Deckhand

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First edition of this fascinating history of ferries in the New York City and Hudson area. This 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 and that were owned and operated by various railroad companies in conjunction with their commuter and long-distance passenger trains. The work also covers the Staten Island Ferry (formerly operated by the B&O Railroad) and New York Waterway's present-day revival of services connecting with New Jersey Transit commuter-train services. About a quarter of the book is an equally interesting look at the work life of the deck hands who served on these boats, providing a glimpse of the working conditions, cultural mores, etc. of the working class before World War II. With ferry rosters. Illustrated throughout with black and white photos. 254 pages with index.

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Raymond J. Baxter worked on the New York Harbor waterfront for almost forty years, serving first as a railroad deckhand and then as a railroad police officer. Arthur G. Adams is founding president of the Hudson River Maritime Center at Roundabout Landing in Kingston. In 1981, he was given a special award of merit for outstanding achievement in Regional Studies by the State University of New York. He is Executive Vice President of the Hudson River Navigation Company is trustee of the Victor Herbert Performance Trust Fund.

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