Italy: Ferry on Skis

When an odd-looking craft called the H. S. Denison slipped down the ways into Long Island's Oyster Bay last week, it was a big event in the U.S. shipping world.

The Denison, built by Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corp. for the U.S. Maritime Administration, is the U.S.'s first high speed hydrofoil ferryboat. But in Italy, hydrofoil ferries are old hat. Neapolitans scarcely spare a glance any more for the sleek, 140-passenger aliscafi (winged hulls) that skim out across the Bay of Naples four times a day on the tourist run to Capri 18 miles...

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