The forward deck and pilot house of the Steamer Greater Buffalo, circa 1915-20s. For more details about the postcard click the image.
Lighthouse Ship Diamond stationed off the North Carolina coast near Morehead City, postcard postmarked 1946.
Time for a trip down the Mighty Mississippi...
No exaggeration here! Just as it was caught - a fine example of the halibut catch in the Alaska fisheries circa late 1940s to early 1950s. Click on image for further postcard details.
City of Munising, one of the steamers belonging to Michigan State's Auto Ferry service, linen postcard
The state of Michigan initiated an auto ferry service in 1923 to connected the upper and lower peninsulas of the state between Mackinaw City and St Ignace. The service ran 34 years until 1957 when as part of the state law establishing the building and opening of the Mackinac bridge crossing the Mackinac Straits, the ferry service was discontinued to remove competition between the ferries and the bridge.
Some 12 million vehicles and more than 30 million passengers were ferried across the Straits of Mackinac during the Michigan State Auto Ferry years of service.
More details about the ferry service may be found here.
Full details on the ferry postcards can be found by clicking on the image above and below.
The card below shows the Auto Ferry docks at St Ignace Michigan in the 1940s.
The breakwater lighthouse at Portland Maine - or Bug Light as it is known locally - was built in 1855, being replaced in 1874 when the original structure decayed and the breakwater was extended further.
A tiny dwelling, a wood-frame structure with two rooms, was finally built adjacent to the lighthouse in 1889.
The house presented an unusual and precarious-looking appearance as it hung over the edge of the breakwater on both sides. The outhouse connected to a central shaft to the sea below. One resident reported that he was careful to check wind & tide before using the facilities!
The keeper's house was demolished in 1935 and the light extinguished in 1942 during wartime. Fortunately, steps towards conservation were taken in 1985 and renovations in 1989 and late 1990s saw a relighting ceremony in 2002.
Click the image for further details on the postcard. You can find out more about the history of the light here.
I've added more ship postcards to my store. Here's a sampling of new additions.
Click on the picture for complete listing details. The ships category can be found under the Topics category on the store page.
I'm now adding Ohio postcards to my Postcard Depot web store at the-postcard-depot.com.
Here's a sample of cards listed so far. More to come.
Please click on picture to see complete listing.
Ohio River Car Ferry between Fly Ohio & Sistersville Virginia Ferry circa 1965 postcard
Shelter Island Car Ferry Boat Greenport Long Island New York postcard
Car ferries - and before them wagon ferries - were a common sight in the development of the United States. Where the road was punctuated by a river, lake, or the sea, often the quickest and cheapest way to continue the journey was to float one's way across. Broad, flat bottomed craft, the ferries were built for load over a short and shallow journey; grace and style were left for the paddle steamers and ocean liners. Money for bridges would come later as the economy grew and eventually result in the disappearance of the car ferry.
These postcards provide a sample of car ferries still operating in the 1950s and 1960s.
The Ohio River ferry boat between Fly, Ohio and Sistersville, West Virginia, nears Fly, OH on one of its many trips across the river. The caption on the card notes that the ferry was still operating in 1965, the year of publication, despite may other ferries having given way to modern bridges.
The "Islander" approaches its slip in Greenport, Long Island, New York, completing a routine trip from Shelter Island off Long Island, loaded with cars and a truck and their passengers.
The ferry operating across Lake Champlain between Grand Isle Vermont and Plattsburg New York was operated by the Lake Champlain Transportation Co.. Built in 1953, the card's caption reports it was 138 feet long, 37 feet wide and powered by two 425 horsepower diesel engines delivering a speed of 11 knots. A fine vessel like this could carry up to 26 cars. On the day of this photo, it looks like it was a light day with six cars and a bus!
Grand Isle Car Ferry Boat Lake Champlain Burlington Vermont 1950s postcard
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