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Ferries, Ferries, and still more Ferries


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#281 railiner

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Posted 25 June 2018 - 07:56 AM

Actually, longer and heavier, but lower capacity. The real monsters are ferries like the ones running Norway to Denmark on Color Lines in Europe, they carry way less passengers, but huge numbers of cars and big trucks. They have cabins, bars, restaurants, and entertainment, not bench seating. The 2 biggest are almost 75000 tons, but they are doing trips almost a full day long and pull 20kts.

I hadn't noticed the new ferries are actually longer, and heavier...thanks for pointing that out.   Wonder why that is, if they are carrying less...were the Barberi class perhaps considered 'overloaded' at full capacity?

 

 

Those big Euro ferries are almost like ocean liner's...some even go overnite, and offer staterooms.

The largest ship I was on, that at one time did carry a few cars in its "garage", was the now retired RMS QE2.  It was close to 70000 GRT.   It is now serving as a hotel in Dubai.


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Posted 25 June 2018 - 09:02 AM

The Lake Champlain ferrys aren't particularly large, but I always enjoy the crossings, but in the winter the year round crossings are cold.

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Posted 25 June 2018 - 08:25 PM

Railiner:  Yep, I forgot the San Francisco Bay ferries:   SF to Sausalito and SF to Angel Island.

I forget who the operator was.  It was the late 70s and early 80s when I lived in the South Bay Area.


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Posted 25 June 2018 - 08:44 PM

In July 1957, I rode the Alaska ferry from Juneau to Haines which was shortly after service was started.

Since then I have risen the following routes:

Bellingham, Wash. to Ketchikan

Ketchikan to Juneau

Juneau to Skagway

Homer to Unalaska (Dutch Harbor)

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Posted 01 July 2018 - 08:19 PM

The ultimate Alaska State Ferry trip is the one that leaves from Seward or Homer out to various ports along the Aleutians.  It's on my to-do list.


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Posted 02 July 2018 - 05:33 AM

The ultimate Alaska State Ferry trip is the one that leaves from Seward or Homer out to various ports along the Aleutians.  It's on my to-do list.


You can catch it from Homer or Kosinski. I recommend going from Homer after you tour the Kensington Peninsula. Plan to spend some time in Homer. It is a beautiful place and the halibut fishing is great.

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Posted 03 July 2018 - 03:44 AM

The Toronto Islands.....are pedestrian only and linked by three ferry routes from downtown Toronto.

https://goo.gl/maps/pR7FotouTq12

A couple of weeks ago there was a Dragon Boat Festival on the Islands and the Ferries were packed.

The 108 year old Trillium arrives at Centre Island with an equally loaded Sam McBride operating as a 'Second Section' right behind.

https://www.thestar....waterfront.html

The McBride immediately returns to the mainland empty for another load.

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Posted 03 July 2018 - 03:46 AM

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Posted 03 July 2018 - 11:00 AM

More great shots, thanks for posting!   Is it still steam-powered?


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Posted 03 July 2018 - 11:02 AM

Fantastic photos and a great way to spend some pleasant time in Toronto the Good!😎
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