April 22, 2016 |
Operating the Delaware River's ferry has been a losing proposition for the Delaware River Port Authority, but a vote Wednesday will give a Philadelphia nonprofit a shot at using the boat to improve waterfront tourism. After operating the service for 16 years, the DRPA approved a plan to hand ownership of the RiverLink Ferry (named Freedom), which travels between Penn's Landing and Camden, to the Delaware River Waterfront Corp. The decision at the authority's monthly board meeting caps four years of negotiations over the boat's ownership.
April 11, 2016
Because many cities popular with tourists are on the water, often the best way to get a good view of them is by boat. Many services offer expensive boat excursions operated by tour operators. We've found that the best, and cheapest, option is to hop aboard a ferry that local commuters take. The nearest example of nautical tourism is the Staten Island Ferry in New York. This free boat ride whisks visitors from lower Manhattan to Staten Island and back, offering a wonderful view of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island along the way. The ferry operates 24/7, providing a particularly romantic nighttime excursion.
March 28, 2016
Carbon monoxide kills 4 at apartments New Castle County police were investigating Saturday four deaths at a Wilmington apartment complex a day earlier from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning. Found Friday evening in two units of Building G of the Evergreen Apartments at Riverfront Heights on Homestead Road, police said, were Carl Dunfee, 60; Veronica Mousely, 58; Andrew Spanakos, 72; and Nancy Uniacke, 56. A dog also was found dead, police said. In addition, five adults and three children were stricken and treated at Wilmington hospitals.
March 28, 2016 |
The Coast Guard suspended Saturday afternoon its search for a boat that was reported capsized Friday night off Brigantine, a spokesman said. Three to four people were feared to have been aboard, according to the report. Helicopters, planes and boats searched 196 square miles of the Atlantic Ocean off Brigantine and found "no clues that there was a boat that capsized," Coast Guard Chief Nick Ameen said Saturday evening. Those clues would have included floating debris. The search was suspended about 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
February 5, 2016 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Boat sales are growing nationwide, and the Progressive Atlantic City Boat Show is 25 percent bigger than it was last year. Organizers of the event, which opened at the Atlantic City Convention Center on Wednesday and runs through Sunday,- are hoping for record attendance at the show, which has been making a splash here for 37 years. The show attracts thousands of boat lovers looking for a glimpse of summer - and perhaps their next nautical toy - in the dead of winter.
January 8, 2016 |
In his former career with the U.S. Coast Guard, Philadelphia police Ofc. Jesse Hartnett braved rough waters directing boats and crews through their missions, but the waters were never rougher for Hartnett than they were Thursday night on a piece of asphalt in West Philadelphia when he was ambushed in his patrol car by a gunman determined to take his life. But the shooter had no idea who he was dealing with and Hartnett - a man described as "tough" by his father and a "warrior" by his boss - not only survived three gunshot wounds to his arm at point-blank range, he got out of his patrol car and returned fire, striking his assailant in the buttocks.
December 28, 2015 |
'A three-hour tour? On a boat?" my brother asked with a raised eyebrow. "What could possibly go wrong?" He walked toward the gangplank ahead of the rest of our group of six, softly humming the Gilligan's Island theme song. A brisk week in November found my brothers and me, along with our significant others, trekking around Iceland in search of culture and relaxation - but mostly, the elusive and entrancing aurora borealis, the Northern Lights. We hadn't traveled together since we were kids, and I felt that seeing something really magical together would help make up for lost time.
December 21, 2015 |
During Hurricane Agnes in 1972, Samuel B. Hess figured that the safest place for his 25-foot sailboat would be on the water. And so with his family onboard, he maneuvered his craft from his dock near Chestertown, Md., into the Chester River. "There was mom, my brother, and me and my dog, a beagle," said Mr. Hess' daughter, Julie Hughes, all onboard. "The waters were pretty darn high," Hughes said, but they all saw it through. "We were all being tossed around," she said, "but he knew what he was doing.
December 11, 2015 |
Gov. Christie on Wednesday signed into law legislation that cuts sales and use taxes on purchases of recreational boats by 50 percent, a move supporters said would spur economic growth. The law also sets a $20,000 cap on sales tax imposed on such purchases, and provides a 30-day grace period during which a tax will not be levied on the use of such boats in the state. About 150,000 recreational vessels are registered in New Jersey, down by 100,000 over the past 15 years, according to the state's Marine Trades Association.
October 17, 2015 |
Fredric "Rick" Stevenson Wright, 67, of Ardmore, a surgical-equipment salesman and sailor, died Monday, Oct. 12, of cancer at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He lived with care, courage, and a fierce empathy for those around him, his wife and daughter said. After high school, the San Francisco-born Mr. Wright became a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War. Instead, he trained as a medic at Fort Houston in San Antonio and then served as an operating-room assistant at Fort Campbell in Kentucky from 1971 to 1973.