Around Manhattan Island and Other Maritime Tales of New York by Brian J. Cudahy

By Brian J. Cudahy

The port of latest York, long island Harbor, is usually bustling; any resident of or customer to ny is quickly to acknowledge the indispensable half the port performs within the lifetime of town, however the vessels that continue it alive are hardly eager about. In those six tales, Brian Cudahy presents us with a special and lovely journey of the port of latest York throughout the twentieth century. From the Iron Steamboat corporation to the Norwiegan Cruise strains, round ny Island is a treasure for all with an curiosity in maritime historical past, and for all who love long island.

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And foreign ports. In many cases, the military-to-civilian conversion of an LCI(L) involved little more than a fresh coat of paint. For service around Manhattan Island, though, definite conversion specifications were developed. The original pilothouse amidships would not clear the Harlem River bridges. It had to be replaced with a lower structure, and the obvious place to put it was further forward. This fortunate happenstance gave those LCI(L)s converted for around-Manhattan Island service a distinctive and very balanced low and long look of their own, one that was quite unlike the ships' appearance in their wartime configuration.

S. and foreign ports. In many cases, the military-to-civilian conversion of an LCI(L) involved little more than a fresh coat of paint. For service around Manhattan Island, though, definite conversion specifications were developed. The original pilothouse amidships would not clear the Harlem River bridges. It had to be replaced with a lower structure, and the obvious place to put it was further forward. This fortunate happenstance gave those LCI(L)s converted for around-Manhattan Island service a distinctive and very balanced low and long look of their own, one that was quite unlike the ships' appearance in their wartime configuration.

Jeremiah Driscoll's independent streak not to mention his temper boiled over from time to time. Once, a local political organization arranged a seemingly routine charter trip aboard Manhattan. But when told that the city's mayor, William O'Dwyer, was part of the group that was ready to come aboard, Captain Page 12 Captain Jeremiah Driscoll's Manhattan approaches Battery Park after a leisurely cruise around Manhattan in 1957. Page 13 Driscoll took a fire axe from a bulkhead rack and threatened to swing away if His Honor so much as set foot on his boat.

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