Friday, August 21, 2009

annals of transportation (7).... Dartmouth lower ferry

The River Dart lower ferry connects Kingswear Station with Dartmouth It is one of three ferries crossing the Dart estuary close to DartmouthThere are records of ferry services at this point of as early as 1365
The ferry is a floating platform which is connected to a tug boat.
At each departure from the slipway, the tugboat has to disconnect and turn around
All the traffic has to pass the narrow streets of Kingswear and Dartmouth before reaching the ferry.
The higher ferry was recently replaced by a new, efficient boat. The old paddler rusts at its mooring upriver
A third ferry takes pedestrians to the other side

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