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Retro Baltimore: When ferries traveled the Chesapeake Bay

Retro Baltimore: When ferries traveled the Chesapeake Bay

Gov. Larry Hogan’s recent proposal for another Chesapeake Bay Bridge crossing has kicked up the usual and predictable controversy about cost and environmental impact, but there is an alternative.

How about a return to a system of car-carrying ferries as well as high-speed passenger-only ferries on various routes linking the Western and Eastern Shore?

Another proposal calls for the restoration of rail passenger service on the Delmarva Peninsula which vanished more than 50 years ago.

Ferries which began operating on the bay during Colonial days were either rowed or powered by sail, steam and, later, diesel engines.

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