Monthly Archives: November 2012

Central-Hudson Steamboat Co.

Source: Historic Wallkill and the Hudson River Valleys; 1912
Information here is for archival purposes, and is not current
The express service at freight rates which this company renders is most complete and perfect service on the Hudson River


Executive Offices, Newburgh, N. Y.                Herbert R. Odell, General Manager


The Benjamin B. Odell is unique, in that she is the first river steamer built in the United States under the rules of the English Lloyds. As a result of this, she is of a stronger and heavier construction than any other steamer in a similar trade in this country, having a carrying capacity of 3,412 passengers, 65 staterooms, with 6 large parlors and 6 bedrooms beautifully decorated, brass beds instead of metal berths, with which the other rooms are equipped. The ventilation and sanitation is as scientific as modern methods can produce to give comfort and rest.

This steamer is a steel-constructed propeller, 280 feet long and 50 feet beam, with a speed of 19 miles an hour. She has four decks extending the full length of the boat, and is a combination of passenger and freight carrier.

No other boat on the Hudson can offer greater accommodations, being especially designed for day, as well as night service. No vessel built for inland water service has so many comforts and conveniences to give rest and comfort to the tired traveler, who will appreciate these few hours of recreation. She is so constructed as to make travelling to points along the Hudson River safe and more convenient than by rail.

Every precaution that experience and foresight could suggest has been utilized by builders of this steamer for providing safety and comfort to her passengers. The main saloon and galleries, as well as the staterooms, are magnificently furnished. The interior and staterooms are large and comfortable. Everything that is modern and up-to-date has been used in con­structing this boat to secure comfort, pleasure and happiness.


Hudson-Fulton Celebration: Naval Rendezvous

The Hudson Fulton Celebration of 1909
Source: Official Program: Hudson Fulton Celebration; 1909
Information here is for archival purposes, and is not current



NAVAL RENDEZVOUS. The Hudson-Fulton Celebration will open on Saturday, September 25, 1909, by the formal recognition of the presence of the American and Foreign Naval Vessels and Official Guests. The International Naval Fleet, the vessels of which will have arrived on or prior to the 25th, will be anchored in the Hudson River opposite the City of New York from Forty-second street northward. The Commission has already received advices of the presence of the following vessels:


United States. 16 battleships, 3 armored cruisers, 3 scout cruisers, 12 torpedo boats, 4 submarines, 2 parent ships (Dixie and Castine), 1 tender (Yankton), 2 supply ships (Celtic and Culgoa), 1 repair ship (Panther), 1 torpedo vessel (Montgomery), 1 tug (Potomac), and 7 colliers (Abarenda, Brutus, Hannibal, Lebanon, Leonidas, Marcellus and Sterling). Total, 53; under command of Rear-Admiral Seaton Schroeder, U.S. N. In striking contrast with the powerful warships will be the replica of the Clermont, the steamboat with which Robert Fulton inaugurated steam navigation upon the Hudson River in 1807. This vessel, built by the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission, is but 150 feet long and 18 feet wide.

The Netherlands will be represented by Her Majesty’s Ship Utrecht, under command of Capt. G. P. van Hecking Colenbrander, R. N. N., and by the replica of the little ship Half Moon, in which Henry Hudson explored the riser in 1609. The Half Moon will be under command of Lieutenant Commander Lam, R.N.N., impersonating Henry Hudson. This little vessel, of 80 tons burden, measures only 63 feet (Amsterdam measure) on the water line. It will be manned by a crew from H. M.S. Utrecht in costumes of the period which it represents. It is a present from the people of Holland to the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission.

Germany will be represented by the turbine cruiser Dresden, the training ships Hertha and Viktoria Luise and the cruiser Bremen.

Great Britain will tend the Inflexible, the Drake, the Argyll and the Duke of Edinburgh, under command of Admiral of the Fleet Sir Edward Seymour, who will fly his flag from the Inflexible.

France will send a squadron of three battleships, under command of Admiral Jules L. M. le Pord.

Italy will be represented by the man-of-war Etruria and the schoolship Etna. The latter will have on board the cadets of the Royal Naval Academy – the future official personnel of the Italian Navy.

Mexico will be represented by the gunboat Bravo, under the command of Capt. Manuel K. Izaguirre.

Cuba will be represented by the revenue cutter Hatuey.

The Argentine Republic will send the warship Presidente Sarmiento.

Guatemala expects to send a coast patrol boat.

Hudson River by Daylight


Source: Historic Wallkill and the Hudson River Valleys; 1912

Information here is for archival purposes, and is not current



The Most Charming Inland Water Trip on the American Continent


The “Hedrick Hudson,” “Robert. Fulton” and “Albany”



DIRECT connection at Newburgh with Orange County Traction Co. Railway for Orange Lake, Walden, etc.
A trip on one of these famous steamers on the noblest stream in the country offers rare attractions. They are fitted up in the most elegant style, exclusively for passengers.

The Attractive Route for Summer Travel to and from Catskill Mountains, Hotel Champlain, and the North, Niagara Falls and the West, and Thousand Islands and the St. Lawrence River. Their great speed, fine orchestra, spacious saloons, private parlors and luxurious accommodations in every respect render them unexcelled. Send 5 cents in stamps for “Summer Excursion Book.”

No automobiles, horses, carriages or freight of any description are carried by the Steamers of this line.
A charge of fifty cents each is made on baby carriages.
Dogs will not be taken unless in crates; then a charge of half fare will be made. Crates can be obtained on board Steamer.
A coat room is provided on main deck, where passengers can check their small valises, parcels, etc., and have them cared for free of charge.
In the Restaurant on the main deck aft meals are served a la carte from 7:00 A.M. Table d’hote breakfast at seventy-five cents until 9:30 A.M., also table d’hote dinner at one dollar between the hours of 11:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M.
Coffee, sandwiches, fruits, pastry, etc., can be obtained during the day at the lunch-room, entrance by the stairway from the main deck forward. 

F. B. HIBBARD, General Passenger Agent
E. E. OLCOTT, General Manager