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Around Manhattan Island and other maritime tales of New York by Brian J. Cudahy

By Brian J. Cudahy

The port of latest York, ny Harbor, is often bustling; any resident of or customer to ny is fast to acknowledge the indispensable half the port performs within the lifetime of the town, however the vessels that retain it alive are hardly ever excited about. In those six tales, Brian Cudahy presents us with a distinct and lovely travel of the port of recent York throughout the twentieth century. From the Iron Steamboat corporation to the Norwiegan Cruise traces, round big apple Island is a treasure for all with an curiosity in maritime heritage, and for all who love long island.

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Caswell the very first vessel to offer around-Manhattan Island sightseeing service. Page 4 This unassuming little steamboat, the Herman S. Caswell, may well have been the first vessel to offer around-Manhattan sightseeing service, circa 1905. ) Captain Roberts's sightseeing fleet eventually expanded to include four different vessels, though all did not necessarily operate in the around-Manhattan Island service. Beginning about 1909, for instance, Roberts ran a two-deck launch named Observation on a sightseeing tour from Manhattan out to Ambrose lightship and back, although Observation was also used in around-Manhattan Island service from time to time.

Chapter 5 tells a story that is a follow-on to something in chapter 1. In fact, it's something I learned about only while doing research for chapter 1. A vessel that makes a mere cameo appearance in the story of around-Manhattan Island sightseeing service is a little two-deck steamboat whose final name was Observation. After her brief sighseeing career was over, Observation kicked around the harbor for a variety of owners until she was purchased by the Forsyth family of Staten Island, around 1930.

The company acquired such a vessel, converted it into a sightseeing boat, and added it to the fleet as Circle Line II. Smaller than the LCI(L)s, she still featured the same general design that had by then become the company standard. Circle Line II was sold in 1958 and enjoyed a long post-Circle Line career. In fact, on the day Circle Line celebrated its fiftieth anniversary June 15, 1995 tied up at nearby Pier 84 amid a cluster of independently owned charter and party Circle Line-Sightseer moored in the head position at Pier 83.

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