By Mary McTamaney Labor Day weekend just marked the end of summer vacation for most people. Soon school and work will consume everyone’s days. A few lucky families may plan winter holiday breaks to Florida or out into the warmer ocean currents on cruises into the Caribbean and beyond. For Newburghers a generation ago, a … Continue reading Hudson River Cruises – The Last Century’s Mini-Vacations
By Mary McTamaney One hundred eight years ago this week, ten thousand people gathered along the shore at Newburgh just where the modern boat launch meets the gates to the former Consolidated Iron Works scrap yard. That was the location of the great Marvel Shipyards where vessels of many types were designed and built in … Continue reading Proudly Launching A Newburgh Giant
This is the high time of year for seeing cruise boats o the Hudson. All sizes and types of boats are taking people out for sightseeing, for dinner or for a longer trip up the valley and back again. Newburghers enjoy counting the many new boats they see passing our shores (and hoping more of them will stop at our shore in years to come). Watching a couple of attractive-looking long-distance river cruisers go by this week prompted me to look back at some of the chronicles written about river trips of long ago. From the days of sail and booking a berth on a packet sloop through the days of the grand “floating palaces” – the steamboats – the Hudson River has been our road through eastern New York and the water road into the interior United States for many decades.