Throwback Thursday

The ferry Essex is this week’s Throwback Thursday photograph taken in the 1870s. The ferry Essex was one of many ferries that crossed the Detroit River on its run between Windsor and Detroit. Owned by the brothers George and Henry Jenking, the Essex was launched in 1859 as a passenger carrying ferry. The fare at the time was $0.10 to travel between Windsor and Detroit. Eventually the ferry was moved from the Detroit – Windsor run to the Detroit – Walkerville service where it ran for a number of years. The Jenking brothers sold the Essex in the early 1880s to be used between Sarnia and Port Huron, where it was destroyed by fire. If you are interested in viewing this or other historic images of Windsor please visit Windsor’s History and Pictures digital exhibit at


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