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Broadside Announcing Relaunch of Thomas Collyer, People's Ferry Line

Thomas Collyer, for whom the steamboat was named, had the reputation of building some of the fastest inland steamboats in America. The launching of the “Thomas Collyer” marked the completion of 37 years of steamboat construction for the builder and was also the last vessel which he built. It was the third steamboat launched under the name “Thomas Collyer.”

Soon after her appearance in New York harbor and on the Hudson river, the “Thomas Collyer” gained the reputation of being an exceptionally fast vessel. It was claimed that she could attain a speed of 21 miles per hour and this brought her the title of “Queen of the One-pipe Steamboats.” The first regular run of the “Thomas Collyer” was between New York and Newburgh in opposition to the famous “Mary Powell,” “Queen of The Hudson.” The “Thomas Collyer” left the north side of Jay Street pier in New York at the same hour as the “Mary Powell,” but her term of service in opposition to the famous “Queen of The Hudson” did not last long.

The excursion business on the Hudson river and Long Island Sound was next invaded by the “Thomas Collyer,” and in 1869 she was purchased by John H. Starin and placed in service on the North Shore Staten Island and New York ferry route in line with the steamboat “Black Bird.” The “Thomas Collyer” continued on this route until 1879, when the ferry franchise was purchased by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company, which consolidated the ferries at St. George and built modern ferryboats.

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1875. A 9 1/4" x 12" broadside promoting the relaunch of "an exceptionally fast vessel" It reads To the Freinds(sic) and Patrons of the Thos. Collyer. This steamer is now complete with new boilers and outfit, will resume her place on the People's Ferry Line between New York and Staten Island, June 19th, and on that day will run free! To all its former Freinds (sic) and Patrons. John H. Starin, New York, June 18th , 1875. Reverse is blank.

Looks like we have either a dyslexic printer or one who hadn't heard of "i before e" Separations on folds; intact edge tears.

Price: $175.00

Item #21000896

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