Passenger-carrying steamboats operated on Long Island Sound between between New York City, Bridgeport, New Haven, New London, Stonington, Providence and Fall River, Massachusetts beginning in 1835 . Some of the steamboat companies were owned by railroads that eventually were absorbed by the New Haven Railroad when it established through service between Boston and New York City in 1892, and the New Haven continued to operate them. Other steamboat operators competed with the New Haven until water-borne passenger service ended in1937.
Thanks, as always, for the history, MELGAR. I’ve seen ferries loaded with boxcars, but this was the first time I saw one carrying passenger cars. Must have made for an interesting trip.