Circle Line (New York)


Circle Line (New York)

The Circle Line is the collective name given to two sightseeing ferry operations in Manhattan:

*Circle Line 42nd Street which circles Manhattan from its base at Pier 83 in Manhattan
*Circle Line-Statue of Liberty Ferry which provided service from Manhattan Battery Park and New Jersey to Liberty Island and Ellis Island.
*Circle Line Downtown operates out of Pier 16, South Street Seaport. The company name is Circle Line Harbor Cruises, LLC which is a wholly own subsidiary of Circle Line Statue of Liberty.

The two companies split in 1981 from the parent Circle Line company and now have different officers and directors.

Circumnavigation of Manhattan became possible in 1905 with the construction of the Harlem Ship Canal with the first regularly scheduled trip being the Tourist captained by John Roberts in 1908.

On June 15, 1945 Frank Barry, Joe Moran and other partners merged several sightseeing boats to form the Circle Line operating out of Battery Park.

In 1955 it began operating at its current Pier 83 location. In 1962 it bought the Hudson River Day Line.

In 1981 the two companies split.

In 1988 the 42nd Street company bought World Yachts operating upscale dining cruises from Chelsea Piers. In 1998 the 42nd Street company also launched The Beast, a speedboat ride which takes tourists around the Statue of Liberty and goes 45 mph.

In 2007, the United States National Park Service said it was going to terminate Circle Line Liberty franchise and give a 10-year contract to Hornblower Yachts which provides service to Alcatraz. [ [http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/29/nyregion/29ferry.html Circle Line Loses Pact for Ferries to Liberty Island - New York Times - June 29, 2007] ] It was noted in the announcement that since 1953 Circle Line has transported 70 million people to Liberty Island. Among the items cited in the transfer was a newer fleet (although Hornblower will have to buy the Circle Line boats) and the possibility of new service to Gateway National Recreation Area. "The New York Times" reported on December 8, 2007 that the price of the circle line boats to be sold to Hornblower was in arbitration, forcing Hornblower to bring in new boats. [ [http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/08/nyregion/08ferry.html "Crossing a Continent by Water to Another City by the Bay," New York Times, December 8, 2007.] ]

References

* [http://www.circleline42.com/pdf/history.pdf Circleline42.Com history]

External links

* [http://www.circleline42.com/ Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises] Official web site
* [http://www.circlelinedowntown.com Circle Line Downtown] Official Web site
* [http://www.pausenberger.com/new_york_circle_line.html Pictures of the Circle Line Tour around Manhattan]


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