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Past Staten Island Ferries

American Legion II
Commision Date 1965
Gross Tonnage 2109
Passengers / Cars 3500 / 40
Builder Levingston Shipbuilding
Engines GM-EMD 567C16 (X4)
Propulsion Diesel Electric 600 volts DC
Horsepower 6,500 SHP
Length / Width 277' / 69'

To honor the national veterans organization. Decommissioned in 2006.
The American Legion is a congressionally chartered mutual-aid veterans organization of the United States armed forces founded to benefit those veterans who served during a wartime period as defined by the United States Congress. The American Legion was founded in 1919 by veterans returning from Europe after World War I, and was later chartered under Title 36 of the United States Code. The organization is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, and also has offices in Washington, D.C. The group has nearly 3 million members in over 14,000 Posts worldwide

Govenor Herbert H. Lehman
Commision Date 1965
Gross Tonnage 2109
Passengers / Cars 3500 / 40
Builder Levingston Shipbuilding
Engines GM-EMD 567C16 (X4)
Propulsion Diesel Electric 600 volts DC
Horsepower 6,500 SHP
Length / Width 277' / 69'

Governor of New York from 1933-42. Decommisioned in 2007 .
Herbert Henry Lehman (March 28, 1878 – December 5, 1963) was a Democratic Party politician from New York. He was the 45th Governor of New York from 1933 to 1942, and represented New York in the United States Senate from 1950 to 1957.

John F. Kennedy
Commision Date 1965
Gross Tonnage 2109
Passengers / Cars 3500 / 40
Builder Levingston Shipbuilding
Engines GM-EMD 567C16 (X4)
Propulsion Diesel Electric 600 volts DC
Horsepower 6,500 SHP
Length / Width 277' / 69'

John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 9, 1917 – November , 1963), often referred to by his initials JFK, was the 35th President of the United States, serving from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. After military service as commander of the Motor Torpedo Boat PT-109 and Motor Torpedo Boat PT-59 during World War II in the South Pacific, Kennedy represented Massachusetts's 11th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1947 to 1953 as a Democrat. Thereafter, he served in the U.S. Senate from 1953 until 1960. Kennedy defeated then Vice President and Republican candidate Richard Nixon in the 1960 U.S. presidential election. He was the second-youngest President (after Theodore Roosevelt), the first 20th Century born President, and the youngest elected to the office, at the age of 43. Kennedy is the first Irish American president. Events during his presidency included the Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the building of the Berlin Wall, the Space Race, the African American Civil Rights Movement and early stages of the Vietnam War. Kennedy was assassinated on November , 1963, in Dallas, Texas. Lee Harvey Oswald was charged with the crime but was shot and killed two days later by Jack Ruby before any trial. The FBI, the Warren Commission, and the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) concluded that Oswald was the assassin, with the HSCA allowing for the probability of conspiracy based on disputed acoustic evidence. Today, Kennedy continues to rank highly in public opinion ratings of former U.S. presidents.

Bay Ridge
Commision Date 1907
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Builder Harlan & Hollingsworth, DE.
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Named after the Brooklyn neighborhood, the Bay Ridge was commissioned in 1907 and built by Harlan & Hollingsworth of Wilmington, Delaware. In 1940, after sustaining severe damage in a collision with a pier she was sold and converted to the barge Rappahannock River. The Bay Ridge operated mostly between Brooklyn and Staten Island but was often used on the South Ferry to St. George route when one of the larger vessels was out of service.

Gowanus
Commision Date 1907
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Named after the Brooklyn canal, the Gowanus was commissioned in 1907 and built by Harlan & Hollingsworth of Wilmington, Delaware. The Gowanus operated mostly between Brooklyn and Staten Island but was often used on the South Ferry to St. George route when one of the larger vessels was out of service. She was scraped in 1940.

Nassau
Commision Date 1907
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Named after the Long Island County, the Nassau was commissioned in 1907 and built by Harlan & Hollingsworth of Wilmington, Delaware. The Nassau operated mostly between Brooklyn and Staten Island but was often used on the South Ferry to St. George route when one of the larger vessels was out of service. She was sold for scrap in 1940.

W.R. Hearst
Commision Date 1923
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Builder SI Shipbuilding Co. NY
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The W.R. Hearst honored publisher William Randolph Hearst. This vessel was commissioned in 1923 and was built by the Staten Island Shipbuilding Company. The W.R. Hearst was renamed the Whitehall in the late 1930's. This vessel operated mostly between Brooklyn and Staten Island but was also used on the South Ferry to St. George route on an as needed basis.

Rodman Wanamaker
Commision Date 1923
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The Rodman Wanamaker was named after department store magnate whose retail store Wanamaker's had locations in Philadelphia, New York City, and Paris, France. He was a patron of the arts, of education, of golf and athletics, of Native American scholarship, and was an investor in early aviation. This vessel was commissioned in 1923 and was built by the Staten Island Shipbuilding Company. The Rodman Wanamaker operated mostly between Brooklyn and Staten Island but was also used on the South Ferry to St. George route on an as needed basis.

George W. Loft
Commision Date 1923
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Loft was an American businessman, politician, real estate developer, and owner/breeder of Thoroughbred racehorses. He gained considerable wealth in the candy manufacturing business and expanded into retailing, banking, and real estate.Commissioned in 1923 and built by the Staten Island Shipbuilding Company, she was utilized mostly between Brooklyn and Staten Island but was also used on the South Ferry to St. George route on an as needed basis. To date no photos have been found showing a full view of the George W. Loft.

West Brighton
Commision Date 1923
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Originally commissioned as the George W. Loft in 1923, the name was changed to the West Brighton by newly elected Mayor James Walker as candy store entrepreneur Loft was a supporter of the previous Mayor John Hylan who Walker defeated in the New York City Democratic Mayoral Primary of 1925.

Whitehall
Commision Date 1923
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Originally commissioned as the W.R. Hearst in 1923, by the City of New York, the name was changed to the Whitehall by newly elected Mayor James Walker as a slap at his predecessor John Hylan, who had originally named it after his friend and campaign supporter William Randolph Hearst.