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What ferries looked like before the New York Central - By waterlevel on 07/01/15 at 09:03:40 - 'EarlyFerryboat.jpg' 221 KB
A little bit of information about what ferryboats were like in the early 19th Century on the Hudson River.


Barge detail photo #3 - By waterlevel on 09/01/07 at 16:15:00 - 'NYCBARGE-2.jpg' 94 KB
Here is the last of the New York Central barge detail photos.  This should be of help to those who are building models to see a good view of the NYC logo.


Port Morris Bronx - By CHNH on 08/04/07 at 17:39:24 - 'PortMorrisBronx.jpg' 88 KB
Hello everyone  
Could anybody tell me of a good source for finding photographs (both digital and hard) of the NYC rail and marine operations at Port Morris (see arial photo) in the Bronx? Aslo any infomation on the New Haven at Oak Point would be helpful.  


Barge detail photo #2 - By waterlevel on 08/01/07 at 09:08:23 - 'NYC_BARG.jpg' 103 KB
There is some additional detail you can see about this New York Central barge.  Sliding shutters on the windows.  The ladder construction and even some hardware information.  The name of the bardge is Fordham with an identification number of CHL-550-96. Good view of the NYC logo.


Barge detail photo - By waterlevel on 07/20/07 at 09:17:17 - 'BARGEINT.jpg' 101 KB
There is nothing more revealing to the model maker than the original photographs of when the vessel was in operation. This photo also shows part of the tugboat Chauncey M. DePew.  Mr. DePew was the president of the New York Central Railroad and also president of the West Shore.   More on him can be found here:


Re: New York Central Barge Photo - By waterlevel on 07/10/07 at 06:12:14 - 'NYC_BARGE2Closeup.jpg' 69 KB
The name on the barge is WESTPORT.  There will be a few more closeup photos of barges that will be posted soon.


Re: New York Central Barge Photo - By waterlevel on 07/10/07 at 06:08:34 - 'NYC_BARGECloseup2.jpg' 92 KB
The closeup of the crates may give some clues as to the date this photo was taken.  It may have been during WWII or Korea.  I am sure it is of interest to anyone who restores Jeeps.


New York Central Barge Photo - By waterlevel on 07/10/07 at 06:03:33 - 'NYC_BARG1.jpg' 78 KB
You can see a New York Central barge in the background of this photo.  Also in the background to the left is New York Central Tugboat #14.  The cargo in the foreground is from Ford Motor Company in Canada.  Some of the crates are marked Jeep.  Two closeups of this photo will be posted for those interested in reading the crate markings and also one more closeup of the barge for those who may be working on a NYC bardge model.


Re: 1961 Fire of New York 42nd Street Ferry Terminal - By waterlevel on 07/02/07 at 07:52:52 - 'FERRYSLIPS.jpg' 88 KB
This is the final photo of the Weehawken Ferry Terminal fire which shows the New York skyline in the background.


Re: 1961 Fire of Weehawken Ferry Terminal - By waterlevel on 07/01/07 at 15:49:40 - 'FerryFireNY.jpg' 76 KB
Well Mr. Link I went back in the archives only to find that the fire photos were not just from the West Shore but also from the New York side of the Hudson River.  All the photos were filed in the same location. The first posting of this thread will be corrected to show it was taken over at 42nd Street.  Maybe someone can enlighted us as to when the fire took place at the New York 42nd Street ferry terminal.  You can see what looks like the Circle Line boats in the back of this photo.


Re: 1961 Fire of Weehawken Ferry Terminal - By waterlevel on 06/30/07 at 21:34:38 - 'FERRYFire21.jpg' 99 KB
The 1961 West Shore Ferry and Train Terminal brought an end to the historic site.  The closest thing you can see today is the ferry slips in Hoboken and the train station in Jersey City to get some idea of what the old West Shore Terminal was like.


1961 Fire of Weehawken Ferry Terminal - By waterlevel on 06/30/07 at 20:50:32 - 'FERRYFIRE.jpg' 104 KB
No one expected this loss of the huge train terminal in New York in 1961.  It was always thought it had been arson.  


Port Imperial Ferry Terminal - By waterlevel on 05/12/07 at 22:47:10 - 'NewYorkWaterway.jpg' 95 KB
This is a view of the new ferry terminal at the old New York Central ferry site for those who have not been able to get to Weehawken.  You can find more information on New York Waterway at this site:
The trip from one side of the Hudson to the other is about seven minutes.


Stony Point - By waterlevel on 05/09/07 at 10:51:18 - 'StonyPoint100.jpg' 45 KB
New York Central ferry Stony Point leaving New York for Weehawken.


Re: Color Question - By waterlevel on 04/12/07 at 20:33:26 - 'MARINEPA.jpg' 78 KB
These color swatches were taken from the original models of the New York Central Marine fleet that were produced in the drydock shop with the original NYC paint.  This set of colors refers to the ferries but you will find it the same for the tugboats.  Another source that looks very accurate is the New York Central tugboat model produced by Lionel of tugboat number 10.  Someone once said that the nearest thing to the original olive NYC color green is to actually get a jar of olives and match that color.


Albany Upper Deck - By waterlevel on 02/20/07 at 09:37:15 - 'Albanyouterdeck125.jpg' 112 KB
A veiw of the upper deck of the Albany.  The overhead was filled with life preservers.


Albany end view - By waterlevel on 01/23/07 at 08:29:06 - 'ALBANY_3.jpg' 151 KB
This photo was taken just after the ferries went out of service.
The Albany end view is posted here.
If you examine the site you will find the interior photos of the Albany as well.
Best wishes on finishing the model.


Albany topside detail photo - By waterlevel on 01/23/07 at 08:25:57 - 'ALBANYtopside.jpg' 57 KB
Here is a close up of the photo from the last image posted of the Albany in profile.


New York Central Tugboat #26 - By waterlevel on 11/21/06 at 08:43:42 - 'NYC_TUG.jpg' 95 KB
#26 in the dead of Winter pushing a car float on the Hudson River.
The New York passenger piers are in the background.


Re: Vintage NYC Marine Photos - By waterlevel on 09/22/06 at 12:27:29 - 'NEWYORColorCorrected.jpg' 46 KB
A tip of the hat to Robert Black for sharing his father's photos.  
The color has shifted over the years and here is the best that can be done to color correct one of the low resolution images.


Re: Vintage NYC Marine Photos - By Henry on 09/21/06 at 10:01:13 - 'NYCTug16atHobokenSummer1964.jpg' 64 KB
NYC #16 taken in summer of 1964 off of Hoboken Ferry.  


Re: Latest news on #16 - By oneklassyone on 04/30/06 at 20:26:49 - 'BourneTugboat1.jpg' 56 KB
Another shot of the Tugboat, the Bourne.  Not very clear as it was a very bright day and I could not get close to it.  At least not yet.  As it can be seen, it is afloat on its own.  
It is located  in Alexandria, VA in Old Town.  From the North, take U.S. 1 south towards Old Town Alexandria and turn left onto Pendleton Street.  Take it to the end on the Potomac River and it is behind a warehouse pier just inside Oronoco Bay.  More clearer pics coming.


Re: Latest news on #16 - By oneklassyone on 04/30/06 at 01:11:57 - 'Bourne_041406_004.jpg' 35 KB
This tug has only recently arrived in this area.  It looks in fabulous shape.  I am also a long-time train lover from Illinois.  I lived right across the street from the Galesburg Yards from 1964 until the 1990s.  I still have our house there and visit often.  I have many pics and memories.  A shame the old coaling tower and the roundhouse was torn down.


Re: Latest news on #16 - By oneklassyone on 04/30/06 at 01:04:28 - 'Bourne_041406_003.jpg' 34 KB
Just joined.  I have seen this tug, the Bourne, and did some research.  I took this picture of it on the 14th of April.  It is resting in the Potomac River in Alexandria, Virginia.  It appears that a display is being built in the river but it is in the water.  Sorry for the smallish pic as I was shooting from a distance.  I will load more closer shots soon.


Re: NEW YORK CENTRAL TUGBOAT #16 ENDANGERED - By CAR FLOATER on 02/09/06 at 15:29:02 - 'hull2.jpg' 306 KB
Here's another pic


Re: NEW YORK CENTRAL TUGBOAT #16 ENDANGERED - By CAR FLOATER on 02/09/06 at 15:28:23 - 'hull1.jpg' 131 KB
on Feb 8th, 2006, 9:38pm, Moogle826 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
I think another steam tug named baltimore might have a major hull replacement

Hi Moogle -  
If I read you correctly, are are you putting forth the idea that maybe they could graft a new hull on #16?
I wish it were that easy, and maybe in this day and age, it is. However, these tugboats were built in the early 1900's, when hulls were built iron plate by iron plate, and bolted, not welded together. If the site for NYC #13 was still up, you could see some pictures, but luckily I saved some before it went down, showing the hull structure. Not olny that, but ships were almost a unique work of art from builder to builder, and unless everything matches up, they are not interchangable.
I will be happy if we can just save it, nothing more, but that's the first step.


Re: NEW YORK CENTRAL TUGBOAT #16 ENDANGERED - By waterlevel on 01/13/06 at 14:11:54 - '16.jpg' 22 KB
Contact was made with  Mr. Bill Larosa of the Hudson County, NJ Office of Cultural Affairs and Tourism.  He graciously forwarded the information to the townships of Weehawken, West New York and Hoboken.  Joy Sikowsky of the Hoboken Historical Museum indicated they would be intersted in the project.  
Attached is a side view of #16.


Re: NEW YORK CENTRAL TUGBOAT #16 ENDANGERED - By waterlevel on 01/12/06 at 18:49:55 - 'NYC16Closeup.jpg' 50 KB
Lastest information on #16:
Contacted the Mayor's office of Weehawken, West New York and the Hudson County Office of Cultural Affairs and Tourism. Will post developments when the occur.
Here is a close up view of the NYC #16 in Cape Cod, Mass.


New York Central Tugboat Indangered - By waterlevel on 01/07/06 at 21:33:12 - 'nyc16_Buzzards_Bay.jpg' 71 KB
I have very little to go on about the New York Central Tugboat #16 that has been located at Buzzards Bay in Massachusetts along the Cape Cod Canal.  I could not access the article dated November 16, 2005 as published in the Boston Herald.  What is briefly written about it is that it may be scrapped to make way for a new CVS store.  Can anyone add any information about this?
Look at this site for what I observed about it:


Re: Second lighting off a boiler photo - By waterlevel on 12/12/05 at 11:53:39 - 'Tugboatgifts.jpg' 25 KB
While we are at it I would like to have the opportunity to direct your attention to a print  of New York Central Tugboats that is available on line titled:  New York City Tugs.
11" x 14" Limited Edition Print. Detailed Tug Boat Scene by Steven Cryan
Another site for what you may want for Christmas is:
That site offers tugboat keychains, letter openers and the like.  
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all who visit the site.


Second lighting off a boiler photo - By waterlevel on 12/09/05 at 09:28:13 - 'BOILERLighting.jpg' 70 KB
As indicated in the previous posting here is the second photo of an engineer lighting off a boiler.  Notice the length of the rod to reach the burners.


Lighting Off the boiler - By waterlevel on 12/09/05 at 09:24:32 - 'LIGHTINGOFF.jpg' 66 KB
Here is the first of two photos showing how a rod with a little "waste" as it was called (a rag soaked in fuel) that was used to light off the boiler.


Ferry Engine Room Controls - By waterlevel on 12/06/05 at 19:44:20 - 'FerryEngine.jpg' 63 KB
W.A. Fletcher Company built some of the most powerful engines for the New York Central ferries.  This is a view of the engine controls and the engine telegraph.


Weehawken Painting - By waterlevel on 09/20/05 at 19:01:37 - 'WeehawkenPainting.jpg' 69 KB
Port Imperial is now where the New York Central train and ferry yards once stood.  In the ticket/boarding area for the current ferries that run between New Jersey and New York you can find a few paintings on the wall.  This is one of them.  I can't tell you the story behind it but as you can see it depicts the New York Central tracks in an earlier era of transportation and architecture.  For those who have not seen the landscape of New York and New Jersey from the water I recommend a trip on the Spirit Cruises that depart from Port Imperial.


New York Central Ferryboat Utica - By waterlevel on 09/08/05 at 21:18:19 - 'UTICA.jpg' 62 KB
The New York Central Ferryboat Utica was built at the Marvel Shipyard in Newburgh, New York in 1910.  She was 1351 gross tons.  The ferry's dimentions were 181 X 40 X 15.  When service was ended in 1959 she was dismantled.  This is a view that shows the ferries kept up service even when the Hudson River was flooded with ice.  Imagine knowing what happened to the Titanic and working in the engine room during conditions like this.


Bandsaw used in the workshop - By waterlevel on 08/23/05 at 20:33:52 - 'Bandsaw.jpg' 69 KB
Another view from the drydock work shop. This was not your usual workshop bandsaw.  As you can see from the size of the machine it could do some serious woodwork to repair the wood on the ferries and tug boats.


Dry dock building tramrail lift Weehawken - By waterlevel on 07/18/05 at 09:28:23 - 'NYCYARD2.jpg' 68 KB
You can get a flavor of the 19th Century when you look at this photo of a dry dock worker using the tramrail over head lift.  Also take note of the wheels on what looks like a "portable" air compressor.  As they say "They don't make them like that anymore".


Drydock yard spare parts - By waterlevel on 06/09/05 at 18:35:13 - 'PartsinDrydock.jpg' 77 KB
Spare generators and other equipment stand in the New York Central drydock yard.  In the days of operating the ferries and tugboats the drydock had a machine shop to refit from the spare parts it had on site.


NYC Ferry Boat Engineering Controls - By waterlevel on 05/18/05 at 14:51:03 - 'EngineeringSpaces.jpg' 67 KB
The engine telegraraph is in full view here and you can see the throttle controls of the ferry boat's steam engine.  It was a wickedly hot place in the summer with temperatures easily reaching 120º.   None of the ferries were air conditioned.


Re: New York Central Tugboat Engine - By waterlevel on 03/15/05 at 09:16:30 - 'NYCpatches.jpg' 206 KB
Eric Fischer did a post on this site of his NYC Tugboat #13 that he is restoring 12 January 2003. LINK URL is where you can visit his site.  As you can see the tug used one screw.


Re: NYC Albany upper interior deck - By waterlevel on 03/09/05 at 14:28:55 - 'FifiDorsayactress.jpg' 43 KB
We all have our memories and it is sad to say she is no longer with us:
Fifi D'Orsay (April 16, 1904 - December 2, 1983) was an actress. Born Marie-Rose Angelina Yvonne Lussier in Montreal, Quebec, as a young girl, filled with the desire to become an actress, she went to New York City. There, she found work in The Greenwich Village Follies after an audition in which she sang the song "Yes! We Have No Bananas" in French. In a burst of creativity, she told the play's director she was from Paris, France where she had worked in the Follies Bèrgere. The show's impressed director hired her, billing her as "Mademoiselle Fifi".
Fifi D'Orsay
While working in the show, she became involved with Ed Gallagher, a veteran actor who joined her in putting together a vaudeville act. After working with Gallagher and others in music halls for a few years, she headed west to Hollywood, California. There, she added the Paris name "D'Orsay" to the "Fifi" and began a career in movies, often cast as the naughty French girl from "Gay Paris."
While never a superstar, she worked hard at her craft headlining with the likes of Bing Crosby, and Buster Crabbe. For years, she kept alternating her appearances in film with continued performances in vaudeville and when age put an end to the glamour roles, she readily took jobs in television. At the age of sixty-seven, she appeared back on stage in the Tony Award winning Broadway musical, Follies.
Fifi D'Orsay passed away in Woodland Hills, California and was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.


NYC Albany upper interior deck - By waterlevel on 03/05/05 at 14:03:20 - 'Ferry_Albany_Up_Deck.jpg' 73 KB
Here is the second view of the Albany's upper interior passenger deck.  The advertising includes the Union City First National Bank Broadway & 48th Street saying it is not too late to join the 1930 Christmas Club.  Next is Taft's Overland Shoe Co. in Union City and Jersey City. Loew's Jersey City Journal Square movie theater was playing "Hot For Paris" with Victor McLaglen, Fifi Dorsay, El. Brendel with a "Glorious Stage Show" from the Capital Theater on Broadway.  The last line welcomes Teddy Joyce.  P.W. Limouze was advertising  Invest Now In Your Future Buy Real Estate In Bergen County.  Now that was better advice then most people get.  But then you have to remember it was the depression and who had any money to invest?  The last ad was for the Park Trust Company at 4th Street & Park Avenue in Weehawken. I guess you would have to be 85 to 100 years old to remember these ads.


New postcard form Springfield Train show - By Albanymain on 01/31/05 at 16:44:03 - 'ferriy-fire-drill.jpg' 70 KB
Here is a scan of a card I just picked up, unfortunately there is a blemish on the center of the card, but I only paid $2.00  


NYC Albany lower deck interior cabin - By waterlevel on 01/24/05 at 20:16:09 - 'Ferry_Albany_Lower_Cabin.jpg' 108 KB
This had to be taken in the early 1930's when movies were known as "talkies".  One of the ads on the bulkhead advertised the State Theater in Union City with prices of 10, 20 and 30 cents to see a movie.  Furniture and rugs were offered by Roth Seaferling in West New York. The famous Lobel's clothing store was located at 599 Bergenline Avenue in West New York.  The Fairview Mousoleum offered its services (which didn't brighten your day if you were having a bad one).  And the Oyster Bay Restaurant had quality seafood and steaks and chops with special luncheons and popular prices.  Remember it was during the depression.  And last was the Eagan School of Business with locations in Union City, Hoboken and Jersey City in their 36th year of business.  All the advertising on the ferries gave you a reason to know why you were commuting to and from New York so that you could pay for what you were thinking of buying.


Re: Early postcard view of the NYC Ferry slips - By ccazanave on 01/15/05 at 14:46:51 - 'weststreet.jpg' 20 KB
Here is the west shore terminal on the new york side, Cortlandr ans West Street


Re: Early postcard view of the NYC Ferry slips - By hudsonelectric on 01/14/05 at 07:14:21 - 'Edgewater_Ferry.jpg' 42 KB
Great card!! I have one based on a shot similar to this and the one below. Have any more?  


Early postcard view of the NYC Ferry slips - By waterlevel on 01/13/05 at 10:21:44 - 'ferryslips.jpg' 56 KB
An early postcard view of the Weehawken, N.J. ferry slips.


Re: New York Central Ferry Stony Point - By texerus on 12/21/04 at 13:25:30 - 'Wheel_House-860.jpg' 95 KB
This information on the demise and later use of the Stoney Point is  correct. I've been looking for infomation on the Stony Point for some time.   If anyone has any more please post.  It was owned by my Father and did burn in Tampa Florida. I still have one of the two wheelhouse lights shown on the top of each end and a telegraph that survived the fire. Any ideas on what to do with them? The lighthouse is 52'' tall and I can't find anything to compare it with? Ryan


Re: Last trolley from the Weehawken Ferry - By waterlevel on 12/14/04 at 19:49:08 - 'FerryTrolley2.jpg' 96 KB
Here is an old trolley postcard that shows the trolley going down the tracks along side Pershing Road, Weehawken to the ferry.


Alexander Hamilton Monument and Ferry View - By waterlevel on 12/03/04 at 13:21:58 - 'HamiltonNYCFerry2.jpg' 32 KB
This old view of the Alexander Hamilton Monument is at the top of the Palisades over looking the NYC Ferry Docks.  I have heard it said that although the monument is at the top of the Palisades the duel between Hamilton and Burr occured down near the river.


Moving WWII troops by ferryboat - By waterlevel on 11/05/04 at 16:27:08 - 'WWFerrytroops.jpg' 118 KB
During WWII the United States government froze ferry workers on their jobs running the ferries.  Some wanted to serve aboard Merchant Marine vessels but were told that their mission moving troops was to valuable to let the job go to someone else with less experience. Army troop trains would come down from Camp Shanks on the West Shore Railroad on the inside express track to Weehawken.  They would disembark the troops for a ferry ride to a embarkation point so they could board troop transports to the war in Europe.  At one point the Army installed machine gun emplacements at the end of the ferry ramp to insure that the troops were not going to change their mind about going to war.  The troops would often trade their equipment for food or other items with the ferry crew.  In a few years the same ferries were used to transport prisoners of war from Italy and Germany to POW camps.   I remember one story where a German prisoner on the ferry was ordered in German twice to sit down.  The sergeant did not wait to give him a third request...he shot him in the leg.  By in large most prisoners were treated very well and in most cases they ate and slept in better conditions then American POW's in Europe.  This post is in remembrance of all those veterans and ferry workers who did their bit in WWII.  If you like your freedom then thank a vet.


Re: Last trolley from the Weehawken Ferry - By waterlevel on 10/14/04 at 18:01:11 - 'TrolleytoFerry.jpg' 99 KB
Here is view of the trolley going down the Pershing Road trolley  
tracks to the West Shore Ferry Terminal.  I am not sure where this photo came from but it looks like it was taken from a color 35mm slide.


Re: Last trolley from the Weehawken Ferry - By waterlevel on 10/14/04 at 17:28:29 - 'TrolleyTracks.jpg' 177 KB
There was a Public Service trolley barn located just up the street from the Edgewater ferry dock in Endewater, NJ .  At one point there was a large brass marker embeded into the street to mark the spot.  Nearby was Palisades Amusement Park. The trolley tracks are under many of the asphalt paved streets in Bergen, Hudson and Passaic Counties.  Most were put down in a bed of cobblestones.  If you ever ran a motorcycle or a bike in wet weather it took some doing to stay upright.  As you can see from this photo taken at the Weehawken Terminal the stones are well polished by the traffic that went over them.  When the road got a thin layer of rain or ice it took a lot of effort to stop what you were driving especially if you were going down hill.


Last trolley from the Weehawken Ferry - By waterlevel on 10/10/04 at 20:04:20 - 'trolley.jpg' 31 KB
This rare photograph shows Public Service ending trolley service from the Weehawken Ferry Terminal.  The photograph was taken at the top of Pershing Road and Boulevard East.  Anyone who can remember the trip up the Palisades will remember the cement wall that separated the trolley tracks from Pershing Road.   Half way up the hill a switch had to be thrown by the conductor.   There were electric spark noises from the electric contact above the trolley that ran its electric motor. Each trolley had a bell that rang when it started and stopped.  The seats were made of woven wicker. The wheels ran on steel rails which let out some high pitched screams when the heavy undercarriage hit some uneven spots in the roadbed.  Most of the trolleys were put out of business by General Motors which wanted the lines to use their buses.   It is too bad that nobody had the foresight as they did in San Francisco to keep them going.  The trolley turn around was at the bottom of Pershing Road and it had a huge shed to protect the passengers from rain and snow.


Re: #5 New York Central Floating Crane Model - By CHESSIEMIKE on 08/23/04 at 08:02:50 - 'NYC_Floating_Crane.jpg' 46 KB
I hope this helps.  I don't think I removed any of the wrong things.


#3 New York Central car float model - By waterlevel on 08/09/04 at 14:48:24 - 'CarFloat.jpg' 38 KB
#3 in the New York Central marine model series.
This is a close up view of the model.


#2 New York Central Barge Model - By waterlevel on 08/09/04 at 14:45:54 - 'NYCBARGE.jpg' 29 KB
The next in the New York Central Marine model series.


Weehawken and Cortland Street Ferrry Tickets - By waterlevel on 07/07/04 at 11:19:38 - '2ferrytickets.jpg' 33 KB
In case you were wondering what the tickets looked like to ride the New York Central ferries this should answer the question.


Re: New York Central NYC terminal building - By waterlevel on 04/18/04 at 22:30:03 - 'NYCNY.jpg' 39 KB
Earlier view of the 42nd Street New York Central Ferry Terminal.


NY Central Tug #16 with tow - By waterlevel on 04/08/04 at 10:06:06 - 'NYCTUG16.jpg' 180 KB
Arthur J. Fournier preserved #16 in Buzzards Bay, Mass. where it can still be seen today.  Inquires come in from time to time about this tug so here is a view of old #16 at work opposite the New York Central West Shore Ferry Terminal in Weehawken.


New York Central Tug #27 - By waterlevel on 03/15/04 at 21:09:36 - 'NYCTUG27.jpg' 105 KB
Here's #27 with a barge crane opposite the Weehawken yards in the Hudson River.  There is a Esso tanker going up river in the background.  This tug was about 110' in length and was of the "Transfer" class  that could handle two carfloats at a time.


West Point New York Central Ferryboat - By waterlevel on 03/03/04 at 17:10:05 - 'WestPointferryboat.jpg' 159 KB
The West Point was built at the Marvel Shipyard in Newburgh, NY in 1900.  Dimentions were 192'x40'X16.  It later went to Norfolk, VA and was dismantled in 1948.  If anyone can tell us who has the original on this photo we would appreciate it.


Can anyone provide more info on this vessel? - By Albanymain on 02/09/04 at 20:47:48 - 'ShipsH2OSup.jpg' 150 KB
I picked up this photo from Bob's photo at the Springfield show.  Can anyone provide me with info on it?


New York Central Ferryboat Rochester - By waterlevel on 01/24/04 at 16:24:03 - 'ROCHESTER.jpg' 73 KB
Built at the Marvel Shipyard in Newburgh, NY in 1905 the Rochester measured 194x40x16 feet.  The Rochester was dismantled in 1959.


Re: New York Central Ferry Stony Point - By waterlevel on 01/09/04 at 10:39:54 - 'Ferryplans.jpg' 286 KB
I have yet to find a set of ferry plans for any of the New York Central ferries.  If anyone has the plans please post it on the site. This is best example of a double ended ferry boat plan that I have seen.  Using this as an example of a ferry profile I would think it could be modifed to be a NYC ferry after a close look at a detailed photo.


New York Central Ferry Stoney Point - By waterlevel on 01/06/04 at 19:58:05 - 'Stonypoint.jpg' 79 KB
The Stony Point was built by Harlan & Hollingsworth of Wilmington, Delaware in 1917. Her dimensions were 196 X 38 X 16. Last report was that she was used as a shrimp processing plant in Tampa, Florida.  She later caught fire and was towed to a deep water site and sunk.  


Ferry Engine Room Art - By waterlevel on 10/15/03 at 14:42:51 - 'Ferryoiler.jpg' 50 KB
This photo was taken in the early 1940's and it shows an unkown New York Central ferry engine room oiler. In back of him is an example of the type of art painted by the crew on the bulkhead of the engine room.  The original photo was done with a 5x7 view camera on nitrate film.


New York Central NYC terminal building - By waterlevel on 09/28/03 at 15:56:13 - 'NYCNYCterminal.jpg' 55 KB
Someone asked for a photo of the New York Central Ferry builing on the west side of Manhattan.  There is no date or photographer listed with this image.


Re: NY Central Barge From Lasrkit - By waterlevel on 05/31/03 at 21:13:21 - 'NYCbarge72.jpg' 42 KB
Glad to see an attempt is being made to make a New York Central barge model available.  The original color was olive green. The original positon of the logo and lettering was on this barge taken in Nyack, NY in August of 1987.  You can see the interior roof support details in the lower image. As you can see from the photos this barge had been abandonded in the Hudson River on the West shore for some time.


NYC Tugboat #3 Electric Panel - By waterlevel on 03/02/03 at 20:09:11 - 'Tugboatelectric.jpg' 68 KB
This photo was taken a few years ago in Charleston, SC where New York Central Tugboat #3 was undergoing a restoration.  It is suspected that local vandals sunk the tug and it since has been raised. The fate of this historical vessel is now in doubt. This may be the only photo that is available as to what the tug's electric panel looked like. The panel board was made of slate.


NYC Tugboat #10 Model by Lionel - By waterlevel on 01/20/03 at 10:48:08 - 'NYCLionelTug.jpg' 59 KB
For those who are looking for a great model of a New York Central Tugboat Lionel has one available.  Since this site neither endoreses or sells items you can get informaion about the model from your web search engine and type in "Lionel Tugboat".  The model retails for $200.00 but is available on the web sites for a lower price.  It has battery operated light and a whistle and if connected to a transformer it can even blow smoke.


Restoration of New York Central #13 - By NYCentral13 on 01/12/03 at 21:20:07 - 'ericandbow.jpg' 46 KB
I'm new to this site abd this is my first post.
Just wanted to let everyone here know about my site, LINK URL , where I am documenting my restoration of New York Central Tug #13.  She was days away from becoming an artificial reef off the coast of NJ.  
I would be interested in any help your group could provide with information, photos, blueprints, etc. in regards to #13.  Can anyone tell me how many NY Central tugs are still afloat?
Thanks and I look forward to the forum!
Capt. Eric Fischer
email: NYCentral13@aol.com


NY Central Tug #32 - By waterlevel on 07/01/02 at 14:33:42 - 'NYC20Tug20202332.jpg' 51 KB
Here is NY Central Tug #32.


New York Central Tugboat #26 - By waterlevel on 05/31/02 at 21:22:55 - 'NYC20Tug20202326.jpg' 89 KB
This is part of a new series on New York Central Tugboats.
#26 in the middle of the Hudson River with an ice flow.


Cortland Street Pier - By waterlevel on 05/20/02 at 22:33:36 - 'CortlandSt.jpg' 50 KB
One of the hardest things commuters had to give up when the New York Central closed down the West Shore ferries was the great voyage from Weehawken to Cortland Strett in downtown New York.  The Albany is pictured here at the pier.


Weehawken Ferry & Railyards #5 1930's Series Final - By waterlevel on 05/15/02 at 18:11:44 - 'NYCWestShoreTerminal.jpg' 134 KB
Photographed from the Weehawken bluffs the photos were taken in the late 1930's.  The Rochester is seen in the ferry slip and two New York Central tugboats are approaching the yards in the middle of the first photo. Just below the large smokestack is a dark building that was the Public Service  trolley shed.  To the left was where Railway Express operated out of.  On the upper left were where the railroad boxcars waited to be loaded onto the car floats and beneath them are the New York Central passenger cars for the West Shore Line.  There was a diner located in the trolley shed and just up the street was a place for the workmen to buy their work clothes.  Inside the railroad terminal was a large waiting room with long wooden benches and a news stand that sold newspapers, magazines, candy and other items to the commuters.  It was run by the Union News Company. Within a few years this terminal was critical to the WWII effort in moving tanks, artillery, ambulances, jeeps, duce and a halfs and other war material to waiting ships in the Port of New York.  Many Army personnel saw their last of America from this spot since the trains brought them from New York State through New Jersey  and then by ferry to the troop transports.  In four years the ferries would be the in the transport loupe once again by ferrying prisoners of war to the holding camps in New York.
In 1927 the ferries carried 27,044,102 people crossed the Hudson by ferry.  By 1954 the number had dropped to 429,588 people.  The ferries closed down in 1959.


Weehawken Ferry and Rail Yards #3 - By waterlevel on 05/05/02 at 19:30:04 - 'Ferryyard.jpg' 52 KB
From a 1905 postcard.  This shows the roundhouse and ferry buildings.fd


Weehawken Ferry & Yards #2 - By waterlevel on 05/03/02 at 20:46:52 - 'Wstshrfery.jpg' 49 KB
Early view of Weehawken train and ferry building.


New York Central Tugboat #16 - By waterlevel on 04/30/02 at 20:50:49 - 'NYCTug16.jpg' 69 KB
New York Central Tugboat #16 is shown here in black and white while in service and in color high and dry in Buzzards Bay, Mass.  On the former Railfan site some questions were asked about this boat and this should give some information on the subject.  In any case, we owe a lot to Arthur J. Fournier for his vision in preserving a large part of the New York Central Marine Department.


Marine Engineering ferry workers - By waterlevel on 04/28/02 at 15:12:24 - 'Ferrymenlist.jpg' 172 KB
Attached to this posting is an article published after a settlement was reached by the Transportation Workers Union and the New York Central Railroad for $273,452.00.  It is posted for the benefit of those trying to determine if someone they knew worked for the ferries in marine engineering. It may also bring to mind those who may have worked with thier relatives.  This list is by no means a complete list of all who worked for the Weehawken ferries.


Re: Ferry Movements - By waterlevel on 04/26/02 at 10:58:04 - '20Ferry20Yard20Fire.jpg' 30 KB
on Apr 26th, 2002, 10:07am, chessie8212 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
waterlevel-  What exactly caused that fire?  And are there any remaining docks like this in the US?
The only information that I remember is that the cause was arson but as to the particulars you would have to go back in the newspaper records such as the Hudson Dispatch and see what was recorded.  My records show it was late 1961 when the fire occured. The attached photo is by Conrad Milster.
Also, if you wish to see what the NYC Ferry site looked like then take a look at the Erie Lakawanna RR Ferry in Hoboken. Last time I was there the ferry docks were still in place.


Re: Ferry Movements - By waterlevel on 04/25/02 at 18:43:21 - 'NYCHarborvideo.jpg' 186 KB
In answer to your inquiry about a car float video...This shows the back of the one that I have and shows most of the information you may need.  I do not know if this tape is still available since I purchased it some seven years ago.  The cost back then was about $24.00 retail. As for current operations of car floats you may want to contact "Professional Mariner" at (207) 772-2466 or ask via e-mail at editors@professionalmariner.com


Re: Ferry Movements - By waterlevel on 04/25/02 at 15:06:11 - 'Carhoist.jpg' 81 KB
When the tide came in and out the hoist raised the ramp to make the car float level.  This photo was taken in the early 1970's after the fire that destroyed the ferry and train yard buildings. You can also see part of the remaining ramp in the lower left of the photo.


Re: Ferry Movements - By waterlevel on 04/25/02 at 11:31:33 - 'carfloats.jpg' 92 KB
This photo should answer your question.  They were called car floats and were used for the transporation of food, mail and other needs to run New York City on a daily basis.  The West Shore Railroad Marine Division had a special loading dock to accomodate the on and off loading of the cars.  As a side note I remember going from Copenhagen, Denmark to Malmo, Sweden by car float and over there they do load on the entire train for the trip across.


Ferry boats, tug boats and auxillaries of the NYC - By waterlevel on 04/24/02 at 22:33:25 - 'StoneyPoint.jpg' 61 KB
This forum is open as an exchange of information on the New York Central Marine Division which was part of the West Shore Line of the New York Central Railroad.  Discussion is welcome on the ferries, tug boats and auxillaries that provided service between New York and New Jersey from the late 1800's unitl 1959 when the line was closed down.
Attached is the first photo on this site of the NYC Stoney Point.

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