Around Manhattan Island and Other Maritime Tales of New York

Around Manhattan Island and Other Maritime Tales of New York

Around Manhattan Island and Other Maritime Tales of New York

Around Manhattan Island and Other Maritime Tales of New York

Synopsis

This book contains six different stories about six different maritime subjects, each involving the port of New York in a central and important way. A second theme common to all six stories - perhaps the only other one - is sheer personal interest on my part. The stories also include one or more appendices found at the end of the book (before the index).

Excerpt

This book contains six different stories about six different maritime subjects, each involving the port of New York in a central and important way. A second theme common to all six stories--perhaps the only other one--is sheer personal interest on my part. I do not profess that these six tales deal with the six most central or important developments in the overall history of the port of New York. I simply assert they are six stories that I believe are interesting and deserve telling. The sequence in which they are told here is quite arbitrary.

Chapter 1 is a history of around-Manhattan Island sightseeing service and was written to help commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Circle Line in 1995. An earlier and somewhat shorter version of this chapter was published in the Fall 1995 issue of Steamboat Bill I must acknowledge the encouragement that William Rau, that journal's editor, gave me in preparing the original version. I must also thank Joseph A. Moran, president of Circle Line-Statue of Liberty Ferry, Inc., for taking time to share his recollections of Circle Line's early days. Circle Line's current leadership--Chairman Karl Andren and President August Cerridini-- were generous in discussing current policy and future plans. And for insights into actual Circle Line operations--both in the wheelhouse . . .

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