The one in New Orleans looks so open and airy and sort of
riverboat-ish, I just thought it looked like it was from some tropical
place with soft breezes and flamingos. The ones in Wisconsin are
sturdy and practical, much like the people.
More Info about the Algiers Ferry
You'll witness some of the best views of
the original city of New Orleans via a
Canal Street Ferry ride across the
Mississippi River, and learn why New
Orleans is called the Crescent City as the
ferry traverses the river's natural crescent
to historic Algiers Point on the West Bank.

You can board the ferry, which has been
in operation since 1827, at the foot of
Canal Street – right next to the Aquarium
of the Americas. The ride is free for
pedestrians and $1 for cars making the
return trip from the West Bank back to
New Orleans. From Canal Street to the
West Bank, there is no charge for cars.

The ferry runs every day from 6 am - 12:
15 am, and departs from the New Orleans
side at :15 and :45 past the hour. It
departs from the West Bank on the hour
and :30 past the hour.
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Answers to Quiz #364
August 12, 2012
1. From where was this picture taken?
2.  What year was this ferry service begun?
3.  How long does the trip take?
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but the quiz will be a lot more fun if you solve the puzzle on your own.
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Arthur Hartwell                Joshua Kreitzer
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Comments from Our Readers
I searched for quite a while with no luck. Then I noticed on the side of the ferry what
looked like COL FRANK X. I googled "col frank x ferry" and found "The Algiers Ferry".

Gary Sterne

Thanks to my eagle-eye mother-in-law, it was the name of the ferry (Col Frank X.) that
enabled us to find this. Hotel names were too generic to pinpoint.

Joe Ruffner

Except for few minor differemnces the photo looks  much like that of Seattle, WA
skyline. I had a New Orleans moment and used tineye. The most obvious clues in this
photo is the shape of LA state on auto ferry Thomas Jefferson and the word Col. Frank
on passenger ferry Col. Frank Z. Armiger.

Both of these vessels make a five run between Canal St. in downtown New Orleans to
the town of Algiers across the Mississippi River. Service between thses two settlements
began in 1827.

Mike Dalton

I knew it had to be an American port because of the flag, and I knew it had to be
tropical because that type of car ferry wouldn't work in icy water. At first I thought
Galveston, then somewhere in Florida.  

Then I found it in Louisiana. This is the Canal Street to Algiers Point ferry in New

Here are some pictures of the neighborhood today:

Christine Walker

I solved this quiz by looking up the lettering on the top deck of the near ferry, "Co
Frank X".  That linked to this site What a surprise! New

Margaret Paxton

Each of the ferries has a sign on it that looked to me like it had a map of Louisiana on it.
That should have been a clue, but it didn't really help in the long run.  Instead, it was
the Marriott Hotel (far right in photo) that got me to the answer.  Marriott is nice
enough to post pictures of their hotels on their web site.  From there, the rest was easy.

Carol Farrant

Interestingly, when we were in New Orleans in 1964 or 1965 we took a ferry across
the Mississippi and back.  It may well have been this one, but I am not sure.

Milene Rawlinson

N.B.  Interesting that I was there in 1964-1965 too!  I was attending fourth grade at
St. Dominic School.  Funny, I didn't run into you. - Q Gen.

Method:  I noticed that one seal on the boat's stack looked like the west half of
Louisiana, so I figured we were looking at a New Orleans riverboat. Then I spotted the
"Col. Frank X." and the rest was simple. The only boat with that partial name in that
area is the Armiger. Finding the rest of the info was a matter of googling various
phrases and obvious key words.

Collier Smith
How Arthur Solved the Puzzle
I saw Col Roger X on side of the ferry. Googling Col Frank X got me
on the Here I learned the ferry's full  name, Col
Frank X Armiger, and the line, Canal Street - Algiers. can follow each boat by GPS. They showed each
boats position in New Orleans harbor. When you refreshed the screen
the boat would change position. The travel time was obtained from
traveler's comments and timing the action through
The Bouny Street building is the only one I saw that looked high
enough to look down on the ferry.

Arthur Hartwell

Position of Algiers Ferry Frank X. Armiger
with other vessels in the Mississippi River
at time shown
Algiers, LA
It is a short ferry ride from the foot of Canal
Street in busy downtown New Orleans to Algiers
Point, but the transition is dramatic. Algiers point
is New Orleans’ Brooklyn without the bustle- the
place with great views of the city skyline and the
Mississippi River.

Part of Orleans Parish since the city annexed it in
1870; this neighborhood still has the feel of a
village. The character has made “The Point” a
favorite with musicians and artists.

Algiers was part of the land grant given to New
Orleans founder Jean Baptiste LeMoyne, Sieur de
Bienville by the Company of the Indies in 1719. It
was originally the site of the French settlement's
slaughterhouse and thus referred to as
"Slaughterhouse Point".  The colonists also
housed their powder magazine on the Point as the
name of Powder Street attests.

In the 1850s, the area's railroad yard grew in the
Elmira-Pacific-Atlanta area, eventually employing
three to four thousand Algiers residents.  the
town of Algiers was annexed to the City of New
Orleans in 1870.  In 1904, Martin Behrman
became the first Algerine to become mayor of the
city.  He served five terms ending in 1926.  At its
heyday, this sleepy town had six ferries to New
Orleans’ east bank, including one ferry capable of
shuttling railroad cars and livestock.

With such vast enterprises employing hundreds
of men, it’s not surprising that Algiers had 36
music and dance halls in 1911. The local scene
benefited from the many musicians, including
Henry “Red” Allen, Peter Bocage, Oscar “Papa”
Celestine, “Kid” Thomas Valentine and Elizabeth
“Memphis Minnie” Douglas, who lived in Algiers.

Once crowded with industrial sheds, the Algiers
riverfront today offers three miles of levee for
walking, biking, and picnics. Theaters and corner
stores have found new life as recording studios,
glassblowing workshops and specialty stores. A
walk through the streets of this village will reveal
community parks, ancient oaks and tidy Victorian
cottages adorned with gingerbread woodwork.


1.  Algiers Point, across from the foot of Canal St., New Orleans, LA
2.  1827
3.  About five minutes
Clues from The Picture
Col Frank X
Name on side of ferry
Louisiana State Flag
International Trade Mart
American Flag
Marriott Hotel
The Algiers Ferry
Once the ferry drops you off in Algiers Point, you'll be immersed in a pleasant,
residential neighborhood that survived Hurricane Katrina entirely, and has preserved
much of its original 19th century village charm. Grab a bite at any of the nearby cafes
and pubs, stroll the Jazz Walk of Fame along the levee, or take a self-guided walking
tour - see the Algiers Historical Society for information on tours and the neighborhood:

Ride today and see the city from the other side! For more information about things to
see and do in Algiers Point, please visit:
Ferrying New Orleans Style
Mississippi River Cam
Location of River Cam
Facts about the Col Frank X. Armiger Ferry Boat
Col. Frank X. Armiger
Fred Settoon
Hull No.
LA Dept Transportation
Gross Tons
Length Overall
Today I dedicated a small block of time to checking out the ferry
offerings on the Mississippi River in New Orleans. There are three
ferry routes in the area, all operated by the Louisiana Department of
Transportation & Development (DOTD). I had time to check out two
of the three routes today, and ride one. And I must say, the effect of
being spoiled in Washington (and paying a premium to be so) is
becoming clearer and clearer.

The three routes operated (from upstream to downstream, and in this
case west to east across the city) are: Gretna to Canal Street, Algiers
to Canal Street, and Lower Algiers to Chalmette. The closest bridge
crossing to all three ferries is the Pontchartrain Expressway toll
bridge, to toll of which goes toward maintaining the ferries, among
other things.

Also, the Gretna ferry used to operate to its own Jackson Street on
the north side of the river, but now uses the Canal Street terminal in
the French Quarter instead. Why, I'm not sure.

The ferry service is underutilized, and it's a shame.

This is a Wisconsin
This is a Wisconsin
A New Orleans ferry.
A New Orleans person.
They are a lot alike. Contrast to
They match.

This is actually how I solved the puzzle.

Christine Walker