Published by the Dartmouth History Research Group in 2002, 56 pages. A5 size Booklet (N3577)
Ferries have been a part of Dartmouth life for centuries. The Lower Ferry is by far the oldest, with a reference to it dating back to 1365. In its early years it was just a man and a rowing boat - a style of river crossing far removed from the vehicles floats and tugs of today. The Higher ferry was opened with much ceremony in 1831. A platform propelled across the river guided by chains was a technologically advanced feat of engineering in those days, and the floating bridge (as it became known), made a significant contribution to Dartmouth’s development in the nineteenth century.
When the Dartmouth and Torbay Railway Company opened its new line to Kingswear in 1864 it introduced a new ferry service - the Railway Ferry - so that its passengers bound for Dartmouth could complete the final leg of their journeys by water. Dartmouth became the only town in England to have a railway station - but no trains!
This fascinating booklet traces the history of Dartmouth's three ferry services, all of which still operate today, and is a must read for anyone interested in the history and growth of the Devon town.
The condition of the booklet is generally excellent. The cover is clean and tidy, the staple spine is intact, and all pages are clean, tidy, unblemished and tightly bound