By Brian J. Cudahy

The port of latest York, big apple Harbor, is often bustling; any resident of or customer to manhattan is quickly to acknowledge the fundamental half the port performs within the lifetime of town, however the vessels that maintain it alive are not often excited by. In those six tales, Brian Cudahy presents us with a distinct and beautiful travel of the port of latest York during the twentieth century. From the Iron Steamboat corporation to the Norwiegan Cruise traces, round ny Island is a treasure for all with an curiosity in maritime historical past, and for all who love big apple.

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The Landing Craft Infantry (Large) The LCI(L) was a product of wartime necessity for transporting battle-ready troops across open water and landing them on hostile, enemy-held beaches. A flotilla of LCI(L)s was designed to substitute for a large transport steamer and its associated landing craft during such assaults; the first action the LCI(L)s saw was Operation Husky, the cross-Mediterranean invasion of Sicily. The little ships were built to haul about two hundred troops each, and although accommodations were anything but luxurious, they were tolerable for the four Page 14 or five days the soldiers might be aboard.

Postwar LCI(L) conversions that retained the original pilothouse amidships and many did produced some rather awkward-looking civilian vessels. The first LCI(L) to be converted for around-Manhattan Island sightseeing service was the 646, and when Nugent executed his conversion he included a new second deck from immediately abaft of the new forward pilothouse all the way to the stern. On Nugent's boat, this second deck was fully open and exposed; later it was partially covered with a canvas awning, and when Circle Line subsequently got into the business of turning LCI(L)s into around-Manhattan Island sightseeing yachts, semipermanent enclosures were included on newly built upper decks.

Indeed, if the wind was right, passengers on one boat could sometimes even hear the lecturer on the other one. But competition was competition, and while the lecturers on each vessel would call attention to countless items of maritime and shoreside detail throughout the trip, one thing no lecturer would ever identify, describe, or even acknowledge the presence of was that other sightseeing boat of that other company that was continually just a few hundred yards away. ) Like Circle Line, Day Line inaugurated sightseeing service with its yachts painted traditional steamboat white.

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