How about a little Essex, NY ferry nostalgia to imbue your Monday afternoon with a longing for the Technicolor days of yore. Today we take you back to 1957 with fun images and descriptions from Lake Champlain Transportation’s ferry crossing schedule brochure. Skip down to the gallery below and click on the front cover (blue/green with posh couple gazing out from the ferry) if you’re hungry for vintage razzle-dazzle. Or ponder the possibility of breakfast-ferry commuting, the enviable pricing or the always faithful Adirondack gliding across the velvety smooth waters of Lake Champlain.
We’ve transcribed some of the most enjoyable content below for you to enjoy. And if you come across an Essex artifact that you think others would enjoy, please let us know!
Historical Lake Champlain
Historical Lake Champlain, sixth largest fresh water lake in the United States, lies between Vermont’s famous Green Mountains and the great Adirondacks of New York State. It extends 136 miles from the Canadian border past Fort Ticonderoga south to the village of Whitehall, the birthplace of the American Navy. The lake comprises an area of great historical significance. The first American naval battle was fought against the British at Valcour Island in 1776. Many believe that mountain scenery as seen from Lake Champlain is without parallel in this country. Your vacation trips are pleasanter and more relaxing as you enjoy these crossings while saving time and many travel miles.
Three boat summer service between Burlington, VT, and Port Kent, NY, has been made possible by the addition of the newly acquired 30-car ferry “Adirondack.”
Delightful Lake Rides for Foot Passengers
Enjoy the magnificent lake and mountain views on the Streamline Ferry crossing between Burlington, VT., and Port Kent, N.Y. The round trip takes two hours and twenty minutes and will be one to long remember especially if taken at sunset. Refreshments and souvenirs are available in the passenger lounge of either the “Valcour” or the newly acquired “Adirondack” which in addition to the inside lounge has a spacious outside upper deck for passengers. If you live or are vacationing near Lake Champlain make sure to take this beautiful and historic ride.
Breakfast on Board
On M.V. Valcour and M.V. Adirondack only–Burlington-Port Kent Route
Toast & Marmalade or Donuts
Coffee or Milk
Save Time in the Morning!
Essex Ferry Prices
One way……..Car & Driver $1.85, Adult Passengers 35c, Children 5 to 12 years 20c, Maximum Fare $3.25
Round Trip……..Car & Driver $2.75, Adult Passengers 50c, Children 5 to 12 years 25c, Maximum Fare $4.75
Foot Passengers same Fare as Car Passengers
For your convenience, refreshments, gifts and souvenirs are available on the Valcour and Adirondack and at all terminals except Essex and Charlotte.
Celebrate in 1959 [the] 350th Anniversary Discovery of Lake Champlain
Ship to shore radio on all ferries.