The Staten Island Ferry

Other NYC Ferries (2)

In addition to the vessels chronicled on the previous pages the City of New York ran smaller sized ferryboats from various locations on the East Side of Manhattan to points in the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn. These boats were referred to officially as Category B Vessels and were commissioned between 1922 and 1931. As a boost to their already large egos Mayors John Hylan and James Walker ordered these vessels were named after living local politicians. This practice ceased in the late 1920's during the Mayor Walker corruption scandals and would officially change in 1934 when Mayor La Guardia signed a law mandating any city owned vessel named in someone's honor must be done so posthumously. The original names given to these smaller ferry boats were immediately changed to local city neighborhoods.
Built in 1925 in Staten Island, NY, by the Mariners Harbor Staten Island Ship Builders. State Senator from Richmond County, New York. Later elected Borough President of Staten Island. Vessel ran mostly between various locations in Upper Manhattan/Bronx and Queens.
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Built in 1925 in New York, by Sullivan Ship Builders. O'Brien was a Democratic Party boss from Queens and was the official "Elector" for New York for President of the United States in 1933.
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Named after the Bronx neighborhood was built in 1925 in Brooklyn, NY, by the Todd Shipyard. First of three "mini ferries" the Mott Haven ran mostly between the Bronx and Randall's and North Brother Islands.
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Named after the Manhattan neighborhood was built in 1925 in Brooklyn, NY, by the Todd Shipyard. Second of three "mini ferries" the Greenwich Village was in service between Bronx and College Point and was later used by the NYC Department of Correction for inmate transport from Rikers Island to Potter's Field on Harts Island.
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Named after the Bronx neighborhood was built in 1925 in Brooklyn, NY, by the Todd Shipyard. Vessel ran mostly between various locations in Upper Manhattan/Bronx and Queens.
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Named after the Manhattan neighborhood was built in 1925 in Brooklyn, NY, by the Todd Shipyard. Vessel ran mostly between various locations in Upper Manhattan/Bronx and Queens.
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Named after the Manhattan neighborhood and was built in 1930 in Brooklyn, NY, by the Todd Shipyard. The Chelsea the third of three "mini ferries" ran mostly between the Bronx, Randall's and North Brother Islands.
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Named after the Manhattan neighborhood was built in 1931 in Brooklyn, NY, by the Todd Shipyard and was used between Brooklyn and Staten Island from the 69th St Pier.
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Named after the Manhattan neighborhood was built in 1931 in Brooklyn, NY, by the Todd Shipyard and was used between Brooklyn and Staten Island from the 69th St Pier.
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Named after the island in which it served (Welfare Island now Roosevelt Island) it was built in 1930 in Brooklyn, NY, by the Todd Shipyard. It was the first singled-ended ferry purchased by the City of New York and ran exclusively between the foot of E 86th St in Manhattan and Welfare Island.
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