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The Magic Of The Hudson

Information here is for archival purposes, and is not current

300 miles north of New York City, up in the Adirondack Mountains, a tiny stream trickles southward through fragrant spruce and pine trees. This is the beginning of the Hudson River. Gathering force and volume on its downward course, it emerges at Albany as a well defined river and continues south into New York Bay.

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Along the banks, nature lavishly shows itself in stupendous rocky cliffs, picturesque waterfalls and towering mountains, while man’s achievements dot the shores in far flung bridges, historic mansions, palatial castles and huge industrial works of many kinds.

As long as people are people, a boat ride on the legendary Hudson River will have die same magical appeal. It has cast its spell over many generations of Americans. Every year it calls to thousands of young and old who dance, dine and play on the broad and leisurely decks of their favorite Hudson River Day Line Steamer-the Robert Fulton, the Alexander Hamilton or the Peter Stuyvesant.

A trip on the Day Line is a favorite American institution. Its thrills are known to all. It is a unique entertainment experience, bound up with amiable traditions and sentiments of good fellowship. It is the only way to become acquainted with America’s most beautiful river.

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Whether for commerce, or for history, or for folklore, or for just good looks, the Hudson is pretty hard to beat. Taken altogether, the combination is unsurpassable. It is the Hudson which has made New York City what it is—the greatest seaport in the world.

The heroism of George Washington, the treachery of Benedict Arnold, the antics of Washington Irving’s immortal Rip Van Winkle and Ichabod Crane, the busy whirr of business, of Fulton-Vanderbilt steamboat wars and the color and tradition of the 129-year old Hudson River Day Line—these and many other dramas have been played against the Hudson’s handsome and picturesque background.

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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
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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.

Morton’s Peekskill And New York Day Line

Morton’s Peekskill And New York Day Line

Source: Gems of the Hudson: Peekskill and Vicinity
Compiled by G. M. Vescelius, Peekskill NY (Book, Date Unknown- circa 1914)
Information here is for archival purposes, and is not current.
ONE of the big advantages that the Village of Peekskill enjoys is service of an excellent freight boat line to New York City. This is the Morton Day Line, which has carried freight between Peekskill and New York so long that it seems a part of the village itself or, at least, a co-existent adjunct.
The Morton Day Line was started by the father of its present operators and by him run successfully until his death. In that time it took up an extensive patronage and by its promptness, care and courtesy made friends of all its clients. This condition continues under the present management.
Odell Morton and William Morton, the present heads of the line, may be said to have been born in the business and they know it throughly. Both are experienced pilots and they inherit those traits of their father, the late Captain George Morton, that enabled him not only to secure trade but to handle it so as to retain it. It is doubtful if a serious complaint against this popular line has ever been heard in Peekskill. The boats of the line, Fanny Woodall and G. F. Brady, stop at Croton-on-Hudson and at Verplanck on both up and down trips



Source: Gems of the Hudson: Peekskill and Vicinity
Compiled by G. M. Vescelius, Peekskill NY (Book, Date Unknown- circa 1914)
Information here is for archival purposes, and is not current.
Courtesy of The Highland Democrat
One of the most interesting trips out of Peekskill is on the famous “Emeline”, running from Haverstraw to Newburgh, and touching at all intermediate points along the Hudson, including Peekskill. The Captain, D. C. Woolsey, has been in continuous service on the river for sixty-four years, and has been in constant service on this route for forty years. This vessel was used as dispatch boat for the U. S. Government during the Civil War and was known as the Nantasket, operating on the James and Potomac Rivers, many times carrying the hero of the Civil War, Ulysses S.  Grant. The vessel has been practically rebuilt since that time and is, now in excellent condition. Passengers and freight are carried. There is no more beautiful way of viewing the Highlands of the Hudson than on the Emeline.