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The ferryboat Dongan Hills, filled with commuters, about to dock at a New York City pier, circa 1945.
The ferryboat Dongan Hills, filled with commuters, about to dock at a New York City pier, circa 1945.
The ferryboat at Kei Mouth with the former Transkei opposite on the eastern bank, ca.2006.
The ferryboat at Kei Mouth with the former Transkei opposite on the eastern bank, ca.2006.

A ferry is a form of transport, usually a boat or ship, but also other forms, carrying (or ferrying) passengers and sometimes their vehicles. Ferries are also used to transport freight (in lorries and sometimes unpowered freight containers) and even railroad cars. Most ferries operate on regular, frequent, return services. A foot-passenger ferry with many stops, such as in Venice, is sometimes called a water bus or water taxi. Download high resolution version (1438x1065, 299 KB)The ferryboat Dongan Hills, filled with commuters, about to dock at a New York City pier, ca. ... Download high resolution version (1438x1065, 299 KB)The ferryboat Dongan Hills, filled with commuters, about to dock at a New York City pier, ca. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1600x1200, 350 KB) Author: Gregorydavid 18:51, 10 January 2007 (UTC) I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1600x1200, 350 KB) Author: Gregorydavid 18:51, 10 January 2007 (UTC) I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... The Great Kei River is a river in South Africa. ... Flag of Transkei bantustan Political Map of South Africa prior to 1994 Transkei, as of 1978 The Transkei — which means the area beyond the Kei River — is a region situated in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. ... Ferry may refer to: Ferry, a form of transport across water Ferry, Alaska, a census-designated place The Ferry Building, a structure in San Francisco Ferry County, Washington Ferry Farm, the childhood home of George Washington Ferry Field, a stadium in Ann Arbro, Michigan Ferry Island, in British Columbia Ferry... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Italian Full rigged ship Amerigo Vespucci in New York Harbor, 1976 A ship is a large watercraft capable of offshore navigation. ... This is the top-level page of WikiProject trains Rail tracks Rail transport refers to the land transport of passengers and goods along railways or railroads. ... Venice (Italian: Venezia, Venetian: Venezsia, Latin: Venetia) is a city in northern Italy, the capital of region Veneto, and has a population of 271,251 (census estimate January 1, 2004). ... A water taxi in Auckland A water bus in Bristol Harbour An Abra in Dubai A Thames Clipper in London A New York Water Taxi A water taxi or water bus is a boat used to provide public transport, usually in an urban environment. ... A New York Water Taxi docks at Pier 11 near Wall Street. ...


Ferries form a part of the public transport systems of many waterside cities and islands, allowing direct transit between points at a capital cost much lower than bridges or tunnels. Skytrain Bangkok. ... volcanic rock. ... A disused railway tunnel now converted to pedestrian and bicycle use, near Houyet, Belgium A tunnel is an underground passage. ...

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Notable ferry services

The busiest seaway in the world, the English Channel, connects Great Britain and mainland Europe sailing mainly to French ports, such as Calais, Boulogne,Cherbourg-Octeville, Caen, St Malo and Le Havre. Ferries from Great Britain also sail to Belgium, Denmark, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Ireland. Some ferries carry mainly tourist traffic, but most also carry freight, and some are exclusively for the use of freight lorries. Download high resolution version (1280x960, 317 KB)Star Ferry of Hong Kong. ... Download high resolution version (1280x960, 317 KB)Star Ferry of Hong Kong. ... Lower deck of a Star Ferry in the morning Old Star Ferry Pier in Central, Hong Kong. ... Satellite view of the English Channel The English Channel (French: , the sleeve) is an arm of the Atlantic Ocean that separates the island of Great Britain from northern France and joins the North Sea to the Atlantic. ... World map showing the location of Europe. ... Calais (Kales in Dutch) is a town in northern France, located at 50°57N 1°52E. It is in the département of Pas-de-Calais, of which it is a sous-préfecture. ... Boulogne is the name of several communes in France: Boulogne in the Vendée département Boulogne-Billancourt, in the Hauts-de-Seine département Boulogne-sur-Mer, in the Pas_de_Calais département This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share... Cherbourg-Octeville is a town and commune in Normandy, north-west France. ... Caen (pronounced /kɑ̃/) is a commune of northwestern France. ... Categories: France geography stubs | Communes of Ille-et-Vilaine ... Le Havre is a city in Normandy, northern France, on the English Channel, at the mouth of the Seine. ... Motto: Je Maintiendrai (Dutch: Ik zal handhaven, English: I Shall Uphold) Anthem: Wilhelmus van Nassouwe Capital Amsterdam1 Largest city Amsterdam Official language(s) Dutch2 Government Parliamentary democracy Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Beatrix  - Prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende Independence Eighty Years War   - Declared July 26, 1581   - Recognised January 30, 1648 (by Spain...


Large cruiseferries sail in the Baltic Sea between Finland, Sweden, Germany and Estonia, and from Italy to Albania and Greece. In many ways, these ferries are like cruise ships, but they can also carry hundreds of cars on car decks. In Britain, car-carrying ferries are sometimes referred to as RORO (roll-on, roll-off) for the ease by which vehicles can board and leave. Pride of Bilbao, a cruise ferry operated by P&O Ferries. ... The Baltic Sea is located in Northern Europe, from 53°N to 66°N latitude and from 20°E to 26°E longitude. ... Pacific Sky sails under Sydney Harbour Bridge A cruise ship or a cruise liner is a passenger ship used for pleasure voyages, where the voyage itself and the ships amenities are considered an essential part of the experience. ... Skaugran Oslo Loading a Ro Ro passenger car ferry The Cetus Leader A Canadian RORO Ferry A PCC ships starboard side showing side ramp. ...


In Australia, two Spirit of Tasmania ferries carry passengers and vehicles 300 kilometres across Bass Strait, which separates Tasmania from the Australian mainland. These run overnight but also include day crossings in peak time. Both ferries are based in the northern Tasmanian port city of Devonport and sail to Melbourne, Victoria. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Spirit of Tasmania (first ship). ... Map of Australia with Bass Strait marked in light blue Bass Strait (IPA: ) is a sea strait separating Tasmania from the south of the Australian mainland (Victoria in particular). ... Capital Hobart Government Constitutional monarchy Governor William Cox Premier Paul Lennon (ALP) Federal representation  - House seats 5  - Senate seats 12 Gross State Product (2004-05)  - Product ($m)  $16,114 (7th)  - Product per capita  $33,243/person (8th) Population (End of September 2006)  - Population  489,600 (6th)  - Density  7. ... This article is about the geomorphological/geopolitical term; MAINLAND is also a cheese brand owned by Fonterra, a New Zealand dairy company. ... Devonport City Council shown in green in map of Tasmania Devonport is a city in the north-west of Tasmania, Australia, at the mouth of the Mersey River. ... Melbourne (pronounced ) is the second most populous city in Australia, with a metropolitan area population of approximately 3. ... Slogan or Nickname: Garden State, The Place to Be Motto(s): Peace and Prosperity Other Australian states and territories Capital Melbourne Government Constitutional monarchy Governor David de Kretser Premier Steve Bracks (resigning effective 30th July 2007) (ALP) Federal representation  - House seats 37  - Senate seats 12 Gross State Product (2004-05...


In New Zealand, ferry services known as the Interislander and Bluebridge connect Wellington in the North Island with Picton in the South Island, across Cook Strait. Toll Shipping is a division of Toll Holdings. ... For other uses, see Wellington (disambiguation). ... North Island The North Island is one of the two main islands of New Zealand, the other being the South Island. ... The South Island The South Island is the larger of the two major islands of New Zealand, the other being the more populous North Island. ...


Hong Kong has the Star Ferry and the First Ferry. Lower deck of a Star Ferry in the morning Old Star Ferry Pier in Central, Hong Kong. ... New World First Ferry (First Ferry) is a ferry company in Hong Kong. ...

Ferries docking at the Gateway of India, Mumbai
Ferries docking at the Gateway of India, Mumbai

Due to the numbers of large freshwater lakes and length of shoreline in Canada, many provinces and territories have ferry services. BC Ferries carries travellers between Vancouver Island and the British Columbia mainland on the country's west coast. This ferry service operates to other islands including the Gulf Islands and the Queen Charlotte Islands. Canada's east coast has been home to numerous inter and intra provincial ferry and coastal services, including a large network operated by the federal government under CN Marine and later Marine Atlantic. Private and publicly owned ferry operations in eastern Canada include Marine Atlantic, serving the island of Newfoundland, as well as Bay, NFL, CTMA, Coastal Transport, and STQ to name but a few. Canadian waters in the Great Lakes once hosted numerous ferry services, however these have been reduced to those offered by Owen Sound Transportation and several smaller operations. There are also several commuter passenger ferry services operated in major cities, such as Metro Transit in Halifax, Toronto Island Ferry in Toronto and SeaBus in Vancouver. Download high resolution version (1796x1428, 524 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Download high resolution version (1796x1428, 524 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... The Gateway of India as seen from the water. ... , “Bombay” redirects here. ... British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. ... Vancouver Island is separated from mainland British Columbia by the Strait of Georgia and the Queen Charlotte Strait, and from Washington by the Juan De Fuca Strait. ... Motto: Splendor Sine Occasu (Latin: Splendour without diminishment) Capital Victoria Largest city Vancouver Official languages English Government - Lieutenant-Governor Iona Campagnolo - Premier Gordon Campbell (BC Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 36 - Senate seats 6 Confederation July 20, 1871 (6th province) Area  Ranked 4th - Total 944,735 km... Map showing the location of the Southern Gulf Islands The Gulf Islands is the name collectively given to the islands in the Strait of Georgia between Vancouver Island and the mainland Pacific coast of British Columbia, Canada. ... Leaving Skidegate Inlet aboard BC Ferries M/V Queen of Prince Rupert The Queen Charlotte Islands or Haida Gwaii (Land of the Haida) are an archipelago off the northwest coast of British Columbia, Canada, consisting of two main islands, Graham Island in the North, and Moresby Island in the south... CN Marine was a Canadian ferry company headquartered in Moncton, New Brunswick. ... Marine Atlantic ferry ports and current routes Marine Atlantic Inc. ... For other uses, see Newfoundland (disambiguation). ... Bay Ferries Limited (Bay Ferries) is a ferry company operating in eastern Canada and headquartered in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. ... Northumberland Ferries Limited (NFL) is a ferry company operating in eastern Canada and headquartered in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. ... The Coopérative de transport maritime et aérien (CTMA) is a Canadian transportation company operating in Quebec and Prince Edward Island. ... Coastal Transport Limited (Coastal Transport) is a ferry company operating in eastern Canada and headquartered in Saint John, New Brunswick. ... The Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ), or Quebec Ferry Corporation in English, is a Canadian provincial Crown corporation in the province of Quebec which operates some inter-provincial ferry services. ... The Great Lakes from space The Laurentian Great Lakes are a group of five large lakes in North America on or near the Canada-United States border. ... This is an historical account of the Owen Sound Transportation Company, Limited (OSTC), the forerunner of the enterprise that currently operates the vehicle and passenger ferry - M.S. Chi-Cheemaun - between Tobermory on the Bruce Peninsula, and South Baymouth on Manitoulin Island. ... Metro Transit is a Canadian public transport agency operating buses and ferries in Nova Scotias Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM). ... Motto: {{Unhide = {{{}}}}} E Mari Merces (Wealth from the Sea) Logo: Location City Information Established: April 1, 1996 Area: urban area 79. ... Ferry service to Toronto Islands is provided by the City of Toronto Parks and Recreation Department (formerly Metro Toronto Parks and Culture Department). ... The SeaBus heading toward downtown Vancouver. ... Motto: By Sea, Land, and Air We Prosper Location of Vancouver within the Greater Vancouver Regional District in British Columbia, Canada Coordinates: , Country  Canada Province  British Columbia Region Lower Mainland Regional District Greater Vancouver Incorporated 1886 Government  - Mayor Sam Sullivan (NPA)  - City Council List of Councilors Suzanne Anton (NPA) Peter...


Washington State Ferries operates the most extensive ferry system in the United States, with ten routes on Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca serving terminals in Washington and Vancouver Island. In fiscal year 1999, Washington State Ferries carried 11 million vehicles and 26 million passengers. The Staten Island Ferry in New York City, sailing between the boroughs of Manhattan and Staten Island, is the nation's single busiest ferry route by passenger volume. Washington state maintains the largest fleet of passenger and auto ferries in the United States and the third largest in the world. ... Puget Sound For the liberal arts university located in this region, see University of Puget Sound. ... The Strait of Juan de Fuca separates Vancouver Island of British Columbia from the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state. ... Staten Island Ferry, with the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in the background The Staten Island Ferry is a passenger ferry operated by the New York City Department of Transportation between Whitehall Street at the southernmost tip of Manhattan near Battery Park (South Ferry) and St. ... The Transportation System of New York City is a unique cooperation of complex, unique and grandiose systems of infrastructure. ... Manhattan is a borough of New York City, New York, USA, coterminous with New York County. ... Staten Island (IPA: ) is one of the five boroughs of New York City. ...


The San Francisco Bay Area has several ferry services, connecting with cities as far as Vallejo. The majority of ferry passengers are daily commuters and tourists. The only way to get to Alcatraz is by ferry. USGS satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay Area. ... Vallejo (pronounced IPA: in English; in the original Spanish) is a city in Solano County, California, United States. ... Alcatraz Island is located in the middle of San Francisco Bay in California. ...


Until the completion of the Mackinac Bridge in the 1950s, ferries were used for vehicle transportation between the Lower Peninsula of Michigan and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, across the Straits of Mackinac in the United States. Ferry service for bicycles continues across the straits for transport to Mackinac Island, where motorized vehicles are almost completely prohibited. The Mackinac Bridge (pronounced , with a silent c), is a suspension bridge spanning the Straits of Mackinac to connect the non-contiguous Upper and Lower peninsulas of the U.S. state of Michigan. ... Regions and major cities of the Lower Peninsula can be seen here. ... The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is the northern of the two major land masses that comprise the U.S. state of Michigan. ... The Straits of Mackinac, spanned by the Mackinac Bridge, seen from the southern shore View of the Straits from Mackinac Island The Straits of Mackinac (pronounced , like MACK-in-aw, note the silent c) is the strip of water that connects two of the Great Lakes, Lake Michigan and Lake... This mountain bicycle features oversized tires, a sturdy frame, front shock absorbers, and handlebars oriented perpendicular to the bikes axis Bicycle may also refer to Bicycle Playing Cards. ... Mackinac Island (pronounced or MACK-in-aw) is an island covering 3. ...


Types of ferries

Ferry designs depend on the length of the route, the passenger or vehicle capacity required, speed requirements and the water conditions the craft must deal with.


Hydrofoil

Hydrofoils have the advantage of higher cruising speeds, succeeding hovercraft on some English Channel routes where the ferries now compete against the Eurotunnel and Eurostar trains that use the Channel Tunnel. Passenger-only hydrofoils also proved a practical, fast and relatively economical solution in the Canary Islands but were recently replaced by faster catamaran "high speed" ferries that can carry cars. Their replacement by the larger craft is seen by critics as a retrograde step given that the new vessels use much more fuel and foster the inappropriate use of cars [1] in islands already suffering from the impact of mass tourism. The Jetfoil Toppi is a ferry which connects Yakushima, Tanegashima Island and Kagoshima port in Japan. ... A Hovercraft, or Air-Cushion Vehicle (ACV), is an amphibious vehicle or craft, designed to travel over any sufficiently smooth surface - land or water - supported by a cushion of slowly moving, low-pressure air, ejected downwards against the surface close below it. ... A Eurostar on the CTRL going through the Medway Towns Eurostar is a train service connecting the UK with Paris (Gare du Nord), Lille and Brussels (Brussels South). ... Map of the Channel Tunnel. ... Anthem: Arrorró Capital Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Santa Cruz de Tenerife Official language(s) Spanish Area  â€“ Total  â€“ % of Spain Ranked 13th  7,447 km²  1. ... It has been suggested that Catamaran History be merged into this article or section. ...


Hovercraft

Hovercraft were developed in the 1960s and 1970s to carry cars. The largest was the massive SRN4 which carried cars in its centre section with ramps at the bow and stern between England and France. The hovercraft was superseded by catamarans which are nearly as fast and are less affected by sea and weather conditions. Only one service now remains, between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1756x1128, 581 KB) Summary SR.N4 Hovercraft (Mountbatten Class). ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1756x1128, 581 KB) Summary SR.N4 Hovercraft (Mountbatten Class). ... SR.N4 Hovercraft arriving in Dover on its last commercial flight - 1st October 2000 The Mountbatten class hovercraft or SR-N4 was built by BHC, the British Hovercraft Corporation. ... , Dover is a major channel port in the English county of Kent. ... A Hovercraft, or Air-Cushion Vehicle (ACV), is an amphibious vehicle or craft, designed to travel over any sufficiently smooth surface - land or water - supported by a cushion of slowly moving, low-pressure air, ejected downwards against the surface close below it. ... For other places with the same name, see Portsmouth (disambiguation). ... The Isle of Wight is an English island and county, off the southern English coast, to the south of the county of Hampshire, between the Solent and the English Channel. ...


Catamaran

Stena Voyager (HSS) en route to Belfast from Stranraer
Stena Voyager (HSS) en route to Belfast from Stranraer

Catamarans are normally associated with high-speed ferry services. Stena Line operates the largest catamarans in the world, the Stena HSS class, between the United Kingdom and mainland Europe or Ireland. These waterjet-powered vessels, displacing 19,638 tonnes, are larger than most catamarans and can accommodate 375 passenger cars and 1,500 passengers. The Luciano Federico L is one of the fastest catamaran ferries in the world and can hold up to 450 passengers and 52 cars. It is largely based on Advanced Mulihull Designs (AMD) type 1130 catamaran and has an overall hull length of 77.32m, a beam of 19m (excluding fenders) and a full load draught of 2.15m. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (3072x2304, 1371 KB) Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (3072x2304, 1371 KB) Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... HSS 1500 Stena Explorer leaving Holyhead en route to Dún Laoghaire The High-speed Sea Service, or Stena HSS is the name commonly given to type of high-speed craft operated by the Stena Shipping Line. ... It has been suggested that Catamaran History be merged into this article or section. ... Stena Line is one of the worlds largest ferry operators, with ferry services around the UK and Scandinavia. ... HSS 1500 Stena Explorer leaving Holyhead en route to Dún Laoghaire The High-speed Sea Service, or Stena HSS is the name commonly given to type of high-speed craft operated by the Stena Shipping Line. ... Typical jet ski pump jet A pump-jet is a marine propulsion system that creates a jet of water for impulse. ... The Luciano Federico L is a high-speed B60 catamaran ferry, which can carry up to 450 passengers and 52 cars. ...


Ro-ro

Lorries preparing to unload from the Pont-Aven. The Brittany Ferries Flagship.
Lorries preparing to unload from the Pont-Aven. The Brittany Ferries Flagship.

Roll on-roll off ferries (RORO) are large, conventional ferries named for the ease by which vehicles can board and leave. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1095x821, 95 KB) Lorries prepariong to unload from the Brittany Ferries Flagship Pont-Aven at Plymouth I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1095x821, 95 KB) Lorries prepariong to unload from the Brittany Ferries Flagship Pont-Aven at Plymouth I, the creator of this work, hereby grant the permission to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free... Current Brittany Ferries logo Brittany Ferries is a French ferry company that runs ships between France, the UK, Ireland and Spain. ... Skaugran Oslo Loading a Ro Ro passenger car ferry The Cetus Leader A Canadian RORO Ferry A PCC ships starboard side showing side ramp. ...


Cruiseferry

The Pride of Rotterdam, One of P&O Ferries' Flagships operating the Hull-Rotterdam Route
The Pride of Rotterdam, One of P&O Ferries' Flagships operating the Hull-Rotterdam Route

A cruiseferry is a ship that combines the features of a cruise ship with a RoRo ferry. In many cases the ships generate a large portion of their revenue from cruise passengers. Image File history File links PrideofRotterdam. ... Image File history File links PrideofRotterdam. ... The Pride of Rotterdam (along with its Sister Ship The Pride of Hull) is P&O Ferries flagship of the fleet and is one of the worlds largest ferries, working the route between the ports of Hull and Rotterdam. ... Pride of Bilbao, a cruise ferry operated by P&O Ferries. ... Pacific Sky sails under Sydney Harbour Bridge A cruise ship or a cruise liner is a passenger ship used for pleasure voyages, where the voyage itself and the ships amenities are considered an essential part of the experience. ... A cruising sailboat anchored in the San Blas Islands, in Panama. ...


Fast RoPax Ferry

Fast RoPax ferries are conventional ferries with a large garage intake and a relatively large passenger capacity, with conventional diesel propulsion and propellers that sail over 25 knots. Pioneering this class of ferries was Attica Group, when it introduced Superfast I between Greece and Italy in 1995 through its subsidiary company Superfast Ferries. Superfast Ferries is a ferry company founded in 1995. ...


Cable ferry

One of several self-propelled cable ferries that cross the lower reaches of the Murray River
One of several self-propelled cable ferries that cross the lower reaches of the Murray River

Very short distances may be crossed by a cable or chain ferry, where the ferry is propelled along and steered by cables connected to each shore. Sometimes the cable ferry is human powered by someone on the boat. Reaction ferries are cable ferries that use the perpendicular force of the current as a source of power. Examples of a current propelled ferry are the four Rhine ferries in Basel, Switzerland (see http://www.faehri.ch/). Cable ferries may be used in fast-flowing rivers across short distances. Cable ferries are referred to in Australia and New Zealand as "punts". Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2032x1354, 748 KB) Mannum cable ferry - photo by Scott Davis, 16 January 2005 File links The following pages link to this file: Cable ferry Murray River crossings User:ScottDavis/Images Mannum, South Australia ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2032x1354, 748 KB) Mannum cable ferry - photo by Scott Davis, 16 January 2005 File links The following pages link to this file: Cable ferry Murray River crossings User:ScottDavis/Images Mannum, South Australia ... The Murray River, or River Murray, is Australias second-longest river in its own right (the longest being its tributary the Darling). ... Coin operated cable ferry at Espevær in Bømlo, Norway A cable ferry or chain ferry is a means of water transportation by which a ferry or other boat is guided and in many cases propelled across a river or other larger body of water by means of cables... A reaction ferry is a ferry that uses the current of the river to propel the vessel across the river. ... Basel (British English traditionally: Basle and more recently Basel , German: , French: , Italian: ) is Switzerlands third most populous city (166,563 inhabitants (2004); 690,000 inhabitants in the metropolitan area stretching across the immediate cantonal and national boundaries made Basel Switzerlands second-largest urban area as of 2003). ... Look up Punt in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

The Lower Kingswear to Dartmouth ferry, Devon, England. The pontoon carries eight cars and is towed across the River Dart by a small tug. Only two ropes connect the tug to the pontoon

Free ferries operate in some parts of the world, such as at Woolwich in London, England (across the River Thames); in Amsterdam, Netherlands (across the IJ waterway); in New York Harbor, connecting Manhattan to Staten Island; and across many lakes in British Columbia. A cable ferry that charges a toll operates on the Rivière des Prairies between Sainte-Dorothée and Île Bizard in Quebec, Canada. Download high resolution version (750x703, 89 KB)The Lower Kingswear to Dartmouth ferry, south Devon, England. ... Download high resolution version (750x703, 89 KB)The Lower Kingswear to Dartmouth ferry, south Devon, England. ... , Woolwich town hall dates from when this was a borough in its own right. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto)1 Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Monarch Queen Elizabeth II... The Thames is a river flowing through southern England, and one of the major waterways in England. ... It has been suggested that Mokum be merged into this article or section. ... Satellite image of Amsterdam and surroundings showing whats left of the IJ, its polders, and the North Sea Canal. ... New York Harbor, a geographic term, refers collectively to the rivers, bays, and tidal estuaries near the mouth of the Hudson River in the vicinity of New York City. ... Manhattan is a borough of New York City, New York, USA, coterminous with New York County. ... Staten Island (IPA: ) is one of the five boroughs of New York City. ... Motto: Splendor Sine Occasu (Latin: Splendour without diminishment) Capital Victoria Largest city Vancouver Official languages English Government - Lieutenant-Governor Iona Campagnolo - Premier Gordon Campbell (BC Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 36 - Senate seats 6 Confederation July 20, 1871 (6th province) Area  Ranked 4th - Total 944,735 km... A reaction ferry is a ferry that uses the current of the river to propel the vessel across the river. ... This is a list of bridges and other crossings of the Rivière des Prairies from the Saint Lawrence River upstream to the Ottawa River. ... For the train station, see : Sainte-Dorothée (AMT) Sainte-Dorothée is a borough in Laval, Quebec. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... , Motto: Je me souviens (French: I remember) Capital Quebec City Largest city Montreal Official languages French Government - Lieutenant-Governor Pierre Duchesne - Premier Jean Charest (PLQ) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 75 - Senate seats 24 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area  Ranked 2nd - Total 1,542,056 km² (595...


Victorian inventions

Along the shore of Brighton there was a "ferry" on rails: the Brighton and Rottingdean Seashore Electric Railway had carriages mounted 100 ft above rails that were under water at high tide. It ran between Brighton and the nearby coastal village of Rottingdean. Brighton is located on the south coast of England, and together with its immediate neighbour Hove forms the city of Brighton and Hove. ... Pioneer on the 18ft gauge railway. ...


Air ferries

In the 1950s and 1960s, travel on an "air ferry" was possible—aeroplanes, often ex-military, specially equipped to take a small number of cars in addition to "foot" passengers. These operated various routes including between the United Kingdom and Continental Europe. Companies operating such services included Corsair. An Air ferry is a service, at which cars are transported by planes, which travels regulary. ... Continental Europe, also referred to as mainland Europe or simply the Continent, is the continent of Europe, explicitly excluding European islands and, at times, peninsulas. ... Boeing 747 Corsairfly Corsairfly is an airline based in Paris, France. ...


The term is also applied to any "ferrying" by air, and is commonly used when referring to airborne military operations.


Docking

Ferry boats often dock at specialized facilities designed to position the boat for loading and unloading, called a ferry slip. If the ferry transports road vehicles or railway carriages there will usually be an adjustable ramp called an apron that is part of the slip. In other cases, the apron ramp will be a part of the ferry itself, acting as a wave guard when elevated and lowered to meet a fixed ramp at the terminus — a road segment that extends partially underwater. A ferry slip is a specialized docking facility that receives a ferryboat. ...


First, shortest, largest

Halifax (HRM) ferry departing Dartmouth for Halifax, NS

On 11 October 1811 inventor John Stevens' ship the Juliana, began operation as the first steam-powered ferry (service was between New York City, and Hoboken, New Jersey). Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 510 pixelsFull resolution (2592 × 1654 pixel, file size: 460 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 510 pixelsFull resolution (2592 × 1654 pixel, file size: 460 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Metro Transit is a Canadian public transport agency operating buses and ferries in Nova Scotias Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM). ... is the 284th day of the year (285th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1811 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... Col. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into articles entitled steam and water vapor, accessible from a disambiguation page. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Map of New Jersey highlighting Hoboken Image of Hoboken taken by NASA (red line shows where Hoboken is). ...


The world's shortest regular ferry route runs a scant few feet across the harbor of Edgartown, Massachusetts to the island of Chappaquiddick off Martha's Vineyard Island. Although it operates with no set schedule, it runs every day, hence its name "On-Time"."


The oldest ferry service in continuous operation may be the Sundbåt ("Sound/Strait Boat") shuttle in Kristiansund, Norway. Started in 1876, the small motor ferry crosses the harbour from Kirklandet to Innlandet, then Nordlandet, Gomalandet, and back to Kirklandet, repeating the round trip in half-hour intervals morning to evening on weekdays. County Møre og Romsdal District Nordmøre Municipality NO-1503 Administrative centre Kristiansund Mayor (2004) Dagfinn Ripnes (H) Official language form BokmÃ¥l Area  - Total  - Land  - Percentage Ranked 426 23 km² 22 km² 0. ...

Halifax (HRM) ferry, close-up, departing Dartmouth for Halifax, NS

Another contender for oldest ferry is the Mersey Ferries service from Liverpool to Birkenhead, England. There is evidence that there has been a ferry service over the river for over 800 years. Liverpool's city charter in 1207 specifies rights of passage across the river payable by a toll. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1944 × 2592 pixel, file size: 624 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1944 × 2592 pixel, file size: 624 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Metro Transit is a Canadian public transport agency operating buses and ferries in Nova Scotias Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM). ... The River Mersey is a river in the north west of England. ... Location within England Coordinates: , Sovereign state United Kingdom Constituent country England Region North West England Ceremonial county Historic county Merseyside Lancashire Admin HQ Liverpool City Centre Founded 1207 City Status 1880 Government  - Type Metropolitan borough, City  - Governing body Liverpool City Council Area  - Borough & City 43. ... Map sources for Birkenhead at grid reference SJ3088 Birkenhead is a town on The Wirral Peninsula, Merseyside, on the left bank of the River Mersey, opposite Liverpool. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto)1 Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Monarch Queen Elizabeth II...


Two of the world's largest ferry systems are located in the Strait of Georgia, in the Canadian province of British Columbia, and Puget Sound, in the U.S. state of Washington. BC Ferries in British Columbia operates 34 vessels, visiting 47 ports of call, while Washington State Ferries owns 28 vessels, travelling to 20 ports of call around Puget Sound. The Sydney Ferries Corporation in Sydney, Australia operates 31 passenger ferries in Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour), carrying 18 million passengers annually. It operates catamarans and other types of ferries on these routes, with the most famous likely being the Circular Quay-Manly route. Between 1938 and 1974 this route operated the South Steyne, billed at the time as the largest and fastest ferry of its type. Sydney Ferries became an independent corporation owned by the government in 2004. Strait of Georgia at sunset The Strait of Georgia (also known as Georgia Strait and the Gulf of Georgia) is a 240 km (150 mi)-long strait between Vancouver Island (as well as its nearby Gulf Islands) and the mainland Pacific coast of British Columbia, Canada. ... Motto: Splendor Sine Occasu (Latin: Splendour without diminishment) Capital Victoria Largest city Vancouver Official languages English Government - Lieutenant-Governor Iona Campagnolo - Premier Gordon Campbell (BC Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 36 - Senate seats 6 Confederation July 20, 1871 (6th province) Area  Ranked 4th - Total 944,735 km... Puget Sound For the liberal arts university located in this region, see University of Puget Sound. ... Official language(s) English Capital Olympia Largest city Seattle Area  Ranked 18th  - Total 71,342 sq mi (184,827 km²)  - Width 240 miles (385 km)  - Length 360 miles (580 km)  - % water 6. ... British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. ... Washington state maintains the largest fleet of passenger and auto ferries in the United States and the third largest in the world. ... Two ferries- Narrabeen (rear) and Alexander (foreground) Sydney Ferries is a state owned corporation of the New South Wales Government providing passenger ferry services in Sydney Harbour and on the Parramatta River. ... This is about the city of Sydney in Australia. ... Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge located on Port Jackson Port Jackson, containing Sydney Harbour, is the natural harbour of Sydney, Australia. ...


Some of world's busiest ferry routes include the Star Ferry in Hong Kong and the Staten Island Ferry in New York City. Lower deck of a Star Ferry in the morning Old Star Ferry Pier in Central, Hong Kong. ... Staten Island Ferry, with the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in the background The Staten Island Ferry is a passenger ferry operated by the New York City Department of Transportation between Whitehall Street at the southernmost tip of Manhattan near Battery Park (South Ferry) and St. ... The Transportation System of New York City is a unique cooperation of complex, unique and grandiose systems of infrastructure. ...


Metrolink Queensland operates 21 passenger ferries on behalf of Brisbane City Council, 12 being single-hulled ferries and 9 CityCats (catamarans), along the Brisbane River from the University of Queensland through the city to Brett's Wharf. Brisbane (pronounced ) is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of Queensland, as well as the third largest city in Australia. ... The University of Queensland (UQ) is the longest-established university in the state of Queensland, Australia, and a member of Australias Group of Eight. ...


Ferries in antiquity

The profession of the ferryman is embodied in Greek mythology in Charon, the boatman who transported souls across the River Styx to the Underworld. The bust of Zeus found at Otricoli (Sala Rotonda, Museo Pio-Clementino, Vatican) Greek mythology is the body of stories belonging to the Ancient Greeks concerning their gods and heroes, the nature of the world and the origins and significance of their own cult and ritual practices. ... In Greek mythology, Charon (in Greek, Χάρων — the bright[1]) was the ferryman of Hades. ... For other uses, see Styx River (disambiguation) River In Greek mythology, Styx ([river of] hate) is the name of a river which formed the boundary between earth and the underworld, Hades. ... In Greek mythology, the underworld indicates the kingdom of deaths. ...


Speculation that a pair of oxen propelled a ship having a water wheel can be found in 4th century Roman literature “Anonymus De Rebus Bellicis”. Though impractical, there is no reason why it could not work and such a ferry, modified by using horses, was used in Lake Champlain in 19th century America. See “When Horses Walked on Water: Horse-Powered Ferries in Nineteenth-Century America" (Smithsonian Institution Press; Kevin Crisman, co-authored with Arthur Cohn, Executive Director of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum). (3rd century - 4th century - 5th century _ other centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 4th century was that century which lasted from 301 to 400. ...


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