• Web Story About Ferry Operations

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Pertaining to all railroading subjects, past and present, in New Jersey

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  by peconicstation
 
I just stumbled on this web story from the World Ship Society.

It's from late last year, and covers the last railroad owned ferry boat operations, and the history of each.

Enjoy !

http://www.worldshipny.com/elferry.shtml" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
  by airman00
 
That was/is really interesting! Thanks for sharing. Some real nice pics there. :-) I can see in there heyday the EL ran some nice boats.
  by snavely
 
The Hudson River Day Line boat in the background of photo 2 is not the Peter Stuvyesant, but instead the Alexander Hamilton. Stuvyesant had a single stack, Hamilton had two, as shown, plus normally docked on the north side of the pier, as in the pic. Stuvyesant usually tied up on the south side. Why the hell I remember this trivia and can't recall what I just went to the kitchen for is beyond me, but it is what it is.
  by pumpers
 
Cool site. One sad footnote - it says the Binghamton is the last surviving ferry. I remember from the Sandy news that it was tied up in Edgewater and was partially submerged. I just looked on Wikipedia and at the end of the article it says it is going to be scrapped soon. :(
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binghamton_(ferryboat" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;)
Jim S
Related, what was that boat partially submerged in the Raritan River (Bay?) for many years - you could see it from the Turnpike bridge just north of Exit 9 (looking east)? I think it was an old CNJ ferry. I don't think I have noticed it lately -- not sure if it was intentionally scrapped, or just fell apart, or if it is still there and I stopped noticing...
  by TAMR213
 
I was surprised while reading that website to see a photo of an Erie ferry said to be in the Raritan at Edison. Where was this, when and why? Would be interested to know as I never heard about it and live right up the river in Highland Park.
pumpers wrote: Related, what was that boat partially submerged in the Raritan River (Bay?) for many years - you could see it from the Turnpike bridge just north of Exit 9 (looking east)? I think it was an old CNJ ferry. I don't think I have noticed it lately -- not sure if it was intentionally scrapped, or just fell apart, or if it is still there and I stopped noticing...
The ferry that you mention being in the river and visible from the Turnpike was a former Staten Island Ferry, the Mary Murray. It was originally towed there with the intention of it becoming a restaurant which obviously never happened. It sat there rotting away for years and years until it was eventually scrapped a few years ago, around the time of its owners passing.
  by Ken W2KB
 
peconicstation wrote:I just stumbled on this web story from the World Ship Society.

It's from late last year, and covers the last railroad owned ferry boat operations, and the history of each.

Enjoy !

http://www.worldshipny.com/elferry.shtml" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Brings back memories. I rode the last run of both the CNJ and EL ferries. Also rode the last run of CNJ ferry Elizabeth in the wheelhouse with the Captain. Thanks!!
  by pumpers
 
TAMR213 wrote:... The ferry that you mention being in the river and visible from the Turnpike was a former Staten Island Ferry, the Mary Murray. It was originally towed there with the intention of it becoming a restaurant which obviously never happened. It sat there rotting away for years and years until it was eventually scrapped a few years ago, around the time of its owners passing.
Take a look at the bird's eye view on bing maps: http://binged.it/1cNCU87" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; That large hull near where Lawrence Brook joins the Raritan River seems to be the exact same location as a large boat on http://www.historicaerials.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; according to pictures from 1987 to 2007 (the latest one). The bird's eye view shows the superstructure mostly gone and the hull still there, but I don't know how old the bing maps picture is . Or what Sandy did to the whole area... JS
  by TAMR213
 
pumpers wrote:
TAMR213 wrote:... The ferry that you mention being in the river and visible from the Turnpike was a former Staten Island Ferry, the Mary Murray. It was originally towed there with the intention of it becoming a restaurant which obviously never happened. It sat there rotting away for years and years until it was eventually scrapped a few years ago, around the time of its owners passing.
Take a look at the bird's eye view on bing maps: http://binged.it/1cNCU87" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; That large hull near where Lawrence Brook joins the Raritan River seems to be the exact same location as a large boat on http://www.historicaerials.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; according to pictures from 1987 to 2007 (the latest one). The bird's eye view shows the superstructure mostly gone and the hull still there, but I don't know how old the bing maps picture is . Or what Sandy did to the whole area... JS
Comparing the Bing photo with Google Earth, it seems to have been taken sometime between late 2008 and late 2010. If you look at the most recent photography in Google Earth (taken a few days after Hurricane Sandy) there is zero evidence of the Mary Murray or any of the surrounding barges.