New Orleans Ferryboat Ride

by Joe Thompson

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from Riverwalk Ferry Colonel Frank X Armiger starts on its journey from the foot of Canal Street to Algiers point. I took the photo from the levee by the Riverwalk Shopping Center. July 2014. Photo by Joe Thompson.

In July, 2014 we took our first trip to New Orleans. I wanted to go in order to ride the streetcars, listen to music, see the old buildings, eat the beignets, and see and sail on the Mississippi River. I wrote about the trip on my blog:

Streetcar 2018 at Royal Or visit my Cable Car Home Poge/Miscellany/ to read about General Beauregard's Cable Car, an experimental line created by the Confederate general. It is also an excuse to post lots of vacation photos. Canal Street streetcar 2018 outbound at Royal Street. July, 2014.

I had never seen the Mississippi River before, so I was excited when we flew over it and even more when we walked down to look at it after mass at the cathedral.

New Orleans had two ferry lines in 2014. The Canal Street/Algiers Point ferry carries pedestrians and bicyclists from the foot of Canal Street across the river to the Algiers Point neighborhood. This route has operated since 1827. The Chalmette / Lower Algiers Ferry Schedule also carries autos.

terminal The ferry terminal at the foot of Canal Street. July 2014. Photo by Joe Thompson.

sign A sign at the ferry terminal gives fare information. July 2014. Photo by Joe Thompson.

The Canal Street Ferry to Algiers Point was free until 23-February-2014. It was operated by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development until the same date, when the New Orleans RTA took ownership. Veolia Transportation operates it under contract. The line used to carry automobiles. Now it carries only passengers and bicycles.

ferry Ferry Colonel Frank X Armiger approaches the Canal Street landing. July 2014. Photo by Joe Thompson.

I was happy to take my first ride on the waters of the Mississippi. We paid our two dollar (cash only, exact change only) fare on the boat in what appeared to be a farebox from a bus.

bridge and clouds Ominous clouds loom over the bridges called the Crescent City Connection. July 2014. Photo by Joe Thompson.

Canal Street landing Looking back at the Canal Street landing. The former auto ramp is on the right. It is now used for bicycles and handicapped access. July 2014. Photo by Joe Thompson.

Hotel Monteleone Our hotel, the Monteleone is the large white building with the white sign on the roof. Our room did not have a river view. Next time. July 2014. Photo by Joe Thompson.

Hotel Monteleone The former Jackson Brewery and Saint Louis Cathedral. July 2014. Photo by Joe Thompson.

Ferry Louis B Porterie Ferry Louis B Porterie used to carry autos and passengers on the Canal Street Ferry. Now it sits by the Algiers Point ferry landing. July 2014. Photo by Joe Thompson.

Algiers Point ferry landing The Algiers Point ferry landing. The former auto ramp is on the left. We saw a bicyclist waiting when the boat got closer to shore. July 2014. Photo by Joe Thompson.

At Algiers, the crew made all the passengers get off. Those of us going back had to walk down the corridor and around a barrier and back to the gate. We paid our two dollars again. After the boat sailed, I watched the lady who took the fares and a guard who stood next to her wheel the farebox into a room and lock it in. They sat on a bench to enjoy the trip.

life preserver sign I always like to read the safety instructions, like this one for donning the lifejackets. July 2014. Photo by Joe Thompson.

life preservers A rack of life preservers. I counted and made sure there were 12. July 2014. Photo by Joe Thompson.

Visit the New Orleans Ferry website for the latest fares and schedules.

Visit the Friends of the Ferry website.

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