Hudson River Day Line Collection

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Hudson River Day Line Collection
Steamer Hendrick Hudson boarding passengers at Kingston Point Park - Image Source

Collection Facts


Historical Context

The Hudson River Day Line was the most famous of the Hudson River steamboat lines carrying millions of passengers over the decades on excursion trips from New York to Albany and points in between on fast, beautifully appointed steamers. The photos and ephemera presented here are part of the extensive Donald Ringwald Collection at the Hudson River Maritime Museum. Ringwald was the leading expert on the Hudson River Day Line and the author of the book, “Hudson River Day Line,” as well as numerous articles and two other Hudson River maritime books, “The Mary Powell” and “Steamboats for Rondout.”

Scope of Collection

The Hudson River Day Line Collection is an extensive archive of photographs, objects, ephemera and printed materials dating from the 1860s through 1971. Included in this digital collection are images of the steamboats Armenia, Daniel Drew, Chauncey Vibbard, Albany, New York, Hendrick Hudson, Robert Fulton, Washington Irving, DeWitt Clinton, Peter Stuyvesant, Alexander Hamilton and Chauncey M. Depew.

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For more information and images, visit the online exhibition The Hudson River Day Line, 1863-1971.