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Colonial Navigation Company Steamer "Arrow"
Between New York and Providence - 1930 Linen Card

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Colonial Line Brochure)

The post card was sent from the Colonial Line Steamship, "Arrow" on July 25, 1938 and reads as follows:

Dear Hun,
I am in Mass with Ray's sister and am enjoying myself very much

The accompanying brochure was published around 1934 and gives schedules and information about the Colonial Line ships, Concord and Lexington.  By 1938 the line had added the Arrow (above) and the Comet.

View:  The Colonial Line Brochure (Cover and selected Pages).

The Providence Colonial Line traveled a route between New York and Providence and then by rail to Boston. I'm not sure exactly when the line was started, but it was in service until around 1941. For the reasonable fee of $3.00 (to Providence) or $4.00, (to Boston) plus a stateroom charge that ranged from $1.00 to $4.00; you could depart New York at 5:30 P.M., arrive in Providence at 6 A.M., and complete your journey aboard the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad to Boston by 8:25 A.M. Conversely, one could depart Boston on the last connecting train at 5:04 P.M., depart from the Colonial Pier in Providence at 7:00 P.M. and arrive back in New York by 7:00 A.M. the next morning. A full course dinner aboard the ships in 1934 was $2.00 and breakfast aboard the train to Boston was 50 cents.

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