If I remember correctly, the Connecticut is the only major river on the east coast without a major city/port at its mouth. The reason is that the river bottom is constantly shifting in depth from Old Saybrook up to Middletown or so, making shipping very difficult. The mouth of the river alone is constantly changing. Good for us, bad for commerce.
: Each river has its charms to be sure!
: The Connecticut seems to me quieter and more bucolic, whereas the
: Hudson River remains a working river in every sense of the word.
: On the lower Connecticut there are all manner of recreational craft
: and an occasional ferry, but rarely the mix of tugs towing
: barges, small tankers and large tour boats, some under sail,
: that frequent the Hudson.
: To be sure, both sides of the Hudson are lined with rail tracks,
: but those tracks date to the beginnings of rail travel in the
: 19th century, and sometimes one comes across a bridge or trestle
: that is adorned with decorative ironwork engineers no longer
: include in their designs. The frequent passage of passenger and
: freight trains while perhaps noisy provides a visual and aural
: feast for those with an interest in railways.
: It may be that there are more places to land on the Connecticut,
: but much of the shoreline is privately held. On the Hudson there
: are actually plenty of small islands or peninsulas beyond the
: rail line, and streams and marshes that are accessible under
: bridges and trestles, so landing is not a problem for a small
: group, and not much more so for a large group than on the
: I'm not especially knowledgeable about the history of the
: Connecticut, but can say for certain that that of the Hudson is
: rich from precolonial to colonial to Revolutionary War to
: westward migration to the indiustrial age.
: The best thing is that each river has gotten considerably cleaner
: in my lifetime, with a return of species that had been lost in
: the mid-twentieth century: eagles, shad, Sargasso eels, salmon
: and so forth.
: I grew up near the Hudson, and make a point to get to the river
: once or twice every year; all the same, I enjoy my more frequent
: explorations of the Connecticut since moving to New England.
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