Connecticut Passenger Seaplane Service – 1921
What was proposed as a “tentative plan” for a seaplane passenger service for Connecticut was to be, “the first established passenger service by seaplane in New England”.
The following newspaper article appeared in The Evening World, a now defunct New York newspaper, on July 12, 1921.
SEAPLANE PASSENGER SERVICE FOR CONNECTICUT
Plans To Make Trips Between New London And Hartford
New London, Conn., July 12 – Within a short time an air line service of seaplanes will be established between New London and Hartford by Hartford insurance officials and some New London men. The tentative plan calls for trips from New London at 8 a.m., arriving at Hartford at 8:50 by way of Saybrook and the Connecticut River. The return trips will be made daily, leaving Hartford at 5 and arriving at New London at 5:50 p.m.
The Aeromarine Engineering and Sales Corporation will put the flying boat into operation and, if the service demands, an increased schedule will be made up for another seaplane. The HS-3 type, six-passenger boat, will be used. This will be the first established passenger service by seaplane in New England.
Several Hartford insurance men own summer cottages near beaches between Newport and New Haven, and the plan is to drop off passengers at their summer cottages.
It will cut the automobile time down at least one hour.
The Aeromarine Engineering and Sales Corporation, or “Aeromarine Airways” was a company with six seaplanes which had been successfully operating a passenger airline service from Florida to Cuba since January, 1921.
One of their airplanes was named the Ponce de Leon.
Source: Shippers Advocate (Magazine), “Aeromarine Airways” by Jack Binns, July-August, 1921, page 306.