Hudson River Day Line: The Story of a Great American Steamboat Company

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Dust jacket notes: "Enlivened by remarkable illustrations, this book relates the history of steamboating on the Hudson River from the days of Robert Fulton to the present. Although the emphasis is on the Hudson River Day Line, almost all the companies who operated on the river are also covered, since they were either predecessors, successors or competitors. The men who worked on the river, whether captains or deckhands, took great pride in their occupations, to such an extent that this pride gave the line its special character and color. Author Ringwald, in his vignettes of the Day Line's personnel, highlights the Yankee flavor of these men. Millions of people fondly remembered the beautiful scenery along the banks, and chose this slower method of transport over the cinders and noise of the much faster trains. Besides, the Day LIne offered art displays, chamber music, cool decks to stretch one's legs and a de luxe cuisine to be leisurely enjoyed. The company stressed PASSENGERS ONLY and so achieved a cachet of elegance the freight carriers could not boast. It reached its zenith of operations in the 20s, and at that time had the largest and finest fleet of steamers to be found on any river. The hard times of the 30s began the decline of the line as a through carrier to Albany, despite a flurry of activity during World War II. Today only the Alexander Hamilton remains in service, running each summer on a shortened version of the original route. She was the last of the sidewheelers to be built for the line and she's the last of her type in service on American rivers."

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