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Enjoy The View.

Enjoy the View.

Ferrying freight.

Ferrying people.

Ferrying cars.

Even souls, if you remember your Greek mythology, where the boatman transported souls across the River Styx to the Underworld.

It was a one-way ticket.

Ferries are usually the most direct way to get somewhere.

Sometimes the only way.

They come in different sizes, and speeds with names like hydrofoil, catamaran and docking.

Most ferries operate on regular, frequent and return services.

Except when you see the sign, “Closed for the Season.”

That means you’re in for a long wait.

A ferry schedule is a wondrous thing:

“Shouldn’t you, uh, think about leaving on the 7:05? The next one you know is tomorrow at…”

These often-taken for granted ships, which go back to the first time Man realized things could float, can provide a great way to take in some fantastic views:

Like the ferry ride from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island where you’ll take in the skyline from the top deck.

Or the spectacular ride in Scotland, from Oban Bay to the island of South Uist passing the islands of Lismore and the Sound of Mull.

Not to mention the sights from the Staten Island Ferry. Or the view of the Sydney Opera House from the…

Well…your view is the one I’m most interested in.

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  1. The ferry from Homer, AK to Seldovia, Ak. Beautiful, pristine, full of life. Not to mention you end up in Seldovia, the gateway to the Rocky River. Where, I am quite sure, dads gold lure from Scotland hangs from the branch, that cast a shadow over a nice little spot, to catch Coho. Later to be cooked over an open fire………….with a million stars blinking approval.

  2. Took the ferry across the English Channel in January ’93. A big, catamaran-style ship. What a rough trip! Felt like a rollercoaster and we weren’t allowed out of our seats. I was sick three times – the third time I’m convinced was just out of spite as I had nothing left in me for the emergency bag. Didn’t really have a great view, but it gave me a greater appreciation for why an Armada might run into some difficulties.

  3. We spent days taking the various ferries across Sydney Harbour, the last time we were Down Under, just for the fun of it.

  4. Our Group took the ferry from New Jersey to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. 58 students, 10-/+ teachers/chaperones. Wonder, reflection and somber consideration. Joy.

  5. The beautiful ferry ride from my home island in the San Juans in WA to Anacortes can be taken for granted for us who live here, sadly. When I commuted to the mailand for work I rode the ferry daily in the dark , then in the early morning exhausted so I napped with the water lapping at the side and lulling me to sleep. Now, sometimes I stay in the car and nap. But when I realize I’ve lived my entire life to find the peace living in this island paradise provides, I watch this special world without cars, sooth my soul and make my heart smile. Stop to “smell the roses” and watch the beauty of the world from your seat on any ferry.

  6. Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “Recuerdo” surfaces in my mind, each stanza beginning
    “We were very tired, we were very merry—
    We had gone back and forth all night on the ferry.”
    And when I was in high school I, a “Jersey girl,” had my own merry ferry ride back and forth to Staten Island, the cheapest and most romantic date imaginable. Many years later I rode to and fro between Ketchikan, AK, and its island airport…alone, in the rain, but romantic still.

  7. The freighter Aranui, traveling in between South Pacific islands, home-ported at Papeete, Tahiti, and delivering goods to outlying places in the Marquesas, was the ultimate. Highly recommended.

  8. I think the shortest distance for any ferry has to be the one that connects the main island of Martha’s Vineyard with Chappaquiddick Island, probably 300′

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