Monday, September 7, 2009

P.T. Barnum

P.T. Barnum ferry departing Port Jefferson, August 2009 When you reach the narrowest part of a channel, you will encouter the largest ship.
That is how it seems sometimes. On a cloudy August day motoring in to Port Jefferson, we met up with the P.T. Barnum ferry making her way out of the harbor. I moved as far to starboard as I could, mindful of a jetty that borders this narrow passage. We passed each other uneventfully; passengers waved, and we waved back while trying to keep an eye on the channel ahead. The ferries run quite frequently between Bridgeport and Port Jefferson. No sooner does one boat leave, before another arrives to repeat the process. I have been told that a large percentage of the summer traffic consists of daytrippers who are just looking to take a boat ride, and maybe have lunch in Port Jefferson. P.T. Barnum, by the way, was a resident of Bridgeport, and was instrumental in the creation of the first regularly scheduled ferry service that crossed the Sound here. Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Steamboat Company


Diane KQ said...

Ashamed to say I'm a native Nutmegger and have never taken this ferry (or the one to Block Island!) Ran out of time for the ferry in Seattle and have vowed to take my daughter on a CT ferry the next time she visits!

matthew houskeeper said...

Another choice is the New London-Orient Point ferry, but Greenport is several miles from the ferry dock.

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