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St. Nicholas Boat Line

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Title

St. Nicholas Boat Line

Subject

Tarpon Springs, Greek community, sponge industry, cultural tourism

Description

In 1924 the Billiris family created one of the early sponge industry attractions. St. Nicholas Boat Line Sponge Diving Exhibition still functions as a cruise from the Sponge Docks up the Anclote River that incorporates an exhibition of hard-hat diving. They started the business because weather prevented the divers from working during the winter, when the tourists visited. But even during the off-season, the captain was responsible for the well-being of his crews and their families. This image from the 1950s shows the entrance to St. Nicholas Boatline at the end of the Sponge Docks on Dodecanese Avenue.

Source

State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory

Date

c. 1950s

Format

jpeg

Language

English

Type

photo

Files

1546154[1].jpg

Citation

“St. Nicholas Boat Line,” USF Library Special & Digital Collections Exhibits, accessed September 18, 2018, http://exhibits.lib.usf.edu/items/show/3005.