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Postby john sefton » Tue Dec 20, 2011 4:58 pm

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Sylvan Dell. Delamere River and Hudson.
Built at Brooklyn, New York 1872 by Lawrence and Foulks for the Haarlem Steamboat Co.
440Grt. Length 178'. Beam 27' Draught 8'. 700HPB.
In 1879 along with the SYLVAN GLENN she went to the Delaware River. For a long time she was oper-

ated by William J Thompsons Philadelphia & Gloucester Ferry Co.
She was chartered by the Wilson Line in 1908 to relieve Wilsons veteran boats during overhauls. Later the Dime Line employed the old DELL and she began running from Wilmington to New Jersey on 9 March 1916
Source; Last of the Steamboats by Richard V Elliot 1910.
Information from Jack Standen, Log Book February 1997.
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Re: Sylvan Dell

Postby aukepalmhof » Fri Sep 11, 2020 3:13 am

The SYLVAN BELL was the last and probably the finest and fastest of the five steamboats built for the Harlem & New York Navigation Company. She was a 440 ton, single stack steam and paddle boat that measured 178 feet long and 27 feet wide. On her maiden voyage in 1872, she steamed upriver from New York to Albany, without passengers or stops, in a record seven hours, 43 minutes, becoming the fastest boat on the Hudson River.

The SYLVAN BELL generally carried commuters between Harlem and lower Manhattan, but with the opening of the Third Avenue Elevated Railroad in 1883, the company discontinued the service and sold its boats.

The SYLVAN DELL then carried New Yorkers on pleasure excursions until 1889. She was sold again to ferry commuters between Philadelphia and Salem, NJ on the Delaware River. In 1919, she sank in Salem Creek.
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