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Ferries on San Francisco Bay (Images of America)

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Publisher Comments:

Decades before San Francisco Bay was crisscrossed by bridges, an extensive network of ferries plied these green waters, moving passengers, vehicles, and freight between San Francisco, Alameda, Marin, Solano, Sonoma, and Contra Costa Counties. Very few of the ferries survive today, but at one time, elegant and sturdy vessels like the Santa Clara, Sacramento, Encinal, Eureka, Oakland, and Tamalpais ruled the waves and supported the critical commerce of this region. From the early days of single-enders, double-enders, stern-wheelers, and side-wheelers burning coal and crude oil, to more modern designs of diesel-powered craft, these vessels have long been an important link in Bay Area transport, along with their railway connections. Equipped with up to four decks, the ferries' cargoes included commuters, livestock, automobiles, mail, convicts, express packages, and even entire railroad trains.

Book News Annotation:

Like other books in the publisher's "Images of America" series, historical photos are the heart; and, happily, those presented here are largely from the private collection of an individual to whom quality graphics, even from bygone decades, meant a great deal. While it is mediocre Trimble has included a map (a frequent, egregious absence in books in this series). Coverage includes the ferries' origins and operation, and their disposition when the bridges starved this romantic means of transportation. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Transportation historian Paul C. Trimble, author of Railways of San Francisco, presents here an impressive collection of early ferry images. Tapping the archives of ferry historian William Knorp, the National Maritime Museum, Northwestern Pacific Railroad Historical Society, and other private collections, Trimble brightens the fading memories of the elegant and bygone ferry era with images of these impressive leviathans and the people who worked and rode them.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780738547312
Author:
Trimble, Paul C.
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing (SC)
Author:
Knorp, William
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Maritime History
Subject:
Ca
Subject:
United States - State & Local - West
Subject:
Mar
Subject:
California
Subject:
Ferries
Subject:
Ferries -- California -- San Francisco Bay.
Subject:
World History-General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Images of America
Publication Date:
20070331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
200, Black and White
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
9.13x6.69x.35 in. .70 lbs.

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