Taking the trip on the Staton Island ferry last week got me thinking about the differences between that and the little Torpoint ferry you can take from Plymouth to the chalet. The latter pulls itself over the river on chains which then sink to the bottom to allow other traffic on the busy Hamoaze (the mouth of the river Tamar). The crossing takes around 8minutes, or quicker if an emergency vehicle boards. They operate 3 ferries in the rush hours and 2 during the rest of the day with half hour crossings in the evening and through the night. The toll is £1.50 when you re enter for Devonport and pedestrians go free.
The Staton Island ferry is free as well, the crossing is half an hour but takes you past the Statue of Liberty; some say it’s the best way to see her, rather than pay for the trip that allows you to see her up close. Like most sights in New York, they are better seen from a distance to grasp their full size.
The lovely thing about the Torpoint ferry, for me, is that once on, it has a feeling that you are holiday bound that you are being taken on a journey to a special place.