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Before coming to Pocomoke City in the late 1930's, serving as a hotel for about eleven years, the sidewheeler Governor Emerson C. Harrington was used on the Clairborne-Annapolis ferry run from 1919 to 1937.
Built in 1901. 201-foot. sidewheeler. Originally named the Thomas Patten and in service in New York Harbor.
Capacity: 42 vehicles. 1000 passengers.
Bought in 1919, renamed the Gov. Emerson C. Harrington and placed in service on 19 Jun 1919, under Capt. Thomas Mann.
Sold in 1938 to C. K. Duncan, who brought the vessel to Pocomoke City, Maryland, and made it into a floating restaurant, nightclub and hotel. In 1949, the superstructure was stripped off and her furnishings purchased by the VFW for their new post home. The vessel was brought to a Baltimore scrap yard.
The New Journal (Wilmington)June, 1983
The Salisbury Times
The Evening Journal (Wilmington)
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