Of the sea ferries- in the New World
o-ae of the most successful is that which runs b&twoeri Cape Charles and Norfolk across Ciieapsake Bay, a distance of ,36 ;tniies in the open sea. The utility of ■ this 'ferry'may .be gathered from the fact that it transports over 60,000 cars
and 70,000 tons of goods every year. The equipment of tHe line includes a number of flat cargo barges, some fitted with. three-rail trades, the rest with four tracks. These floats are towed to and from their destination by tug boats, over waters that arc often as rough as those of the open ocean. New York' Bay is the scene of the operations of four ferry lines, handling millions of -tons of goods annually. The, longest trip is that from Long Island to Gren•ville Station, a distance of 85 miles. Over the waters of San Francisco Bay both passenger coaches and freight cars are carried by up-to-date ferry boats from San Francisco to Oakland, a distaiices of 4J miles, and from Port Benocia to Port Costa, a distance of seven miles. The Salono here is one of the largest steamers in the world, with a ■tonnage of 'M'y\l. She ir. 424 feet long and 64 feet wide, and can carry yon her four-rail tracks' 27 passenger or 42 freight cars.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8807, 2 March 1914
AMERICAN FERRIES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8807, 2 March 1914
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