Passengers with luggage and baskets gather on the landing stage to board the New Holland ferry across the river Humber. The paddle steamer, smoke rising from its funnel, waits by the slipway. Behind them a steam train travels along the New Holland pier towards the railway station at the end of it. The ferry went from New Holland in Lincolnshire to Hull, Yorkshire; inaugurated in the 1820s, the service was owned by the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway from 1845. The station at the end of the pier opened in 1848. (The Humber Bridge opened in 1981).