List of ferries across the Hudson River to New York City

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The following ferries once crossed the North River (Hudson River) between New York City and New Jersey. There was no ferry service between 1967[1] and 1989, when it resumed by New York Waterway.[2]


Depiction of first steam ferry from Paulus Hook
North River ferry
The Public Service-operated Edgewater, running from Edgewater Ferry Terminal to 125th Street (Manhattan) in 1941

Row and Sail[edit]

Name Manhattan end New Jersey end Operated Notes
Bulls Ferry Bulls Ferry 18th century Bergen Township
Communipaw Fort Amsterdam Communipaw 1661-[3][4] charter granted by Peter Stuyvesant, Director-General of New Netherland
Budd's Ferry[5] Cortlandt Street Harsimus 1808–1818
Weehawken Ferry[6] Weehawken Street? Weehawken Cove? 1700- royal patent from Richard Coote, 1st Earl of Bellomont
Burdett's Landing Bloomingdale Edgewater
Fort Lee
1758- Hackensack Township
Tubby Hook Ferry[7] Dyckman Street Closter Dock?[8]

Horse ferries[edit]

Team boats served New York City for "about ten years, from 1814-1824. They were of eight horse-power and crossed the rivers in from twelve to twenty minutes."[9]

In 1812, two steam boats designed by Robert Fulton were placed in use in New York, for the Paulus Hook Ferry from the foot of Cortlandt Street, and on the Hoboken Ferry from the foot of Barclay Street. The Juliana, running from Barclay Street, was withdrawn from service, as announced, in favor of the "more convenient" horse boat. It is almost certain, however, that this retrograde step was taken because of the monopoly enjoyed by Mssrs. Fulton and Livingston for the navigation of the waters of New York State by steam.[10]

Steam[edit]

Name Manhattan end New Jersey end Operated Notes
Royal Blue Line Ferry.[11] South Ferry Communipaw Terminal (1897–1905) The Royal Blue was a Baltimore & Ohio Railroad train to Washington, DC via CNJ and Reading Railroad
Communipaw Ferry Liberty Street Communipaw Terminal (1864–1967) Central Railroad of New Jersey
Paulus Hook Ferry [12] Cortlandt Street Paulus Hook, later named Exchange Place (1812–1949)[13] Pennsylvania Railroad, later via its Jersey City Branch
West Shore Ferry Cortlandt Street Weehawken Terminal (1885–1959) West Shore Railroad
Vesey Street Hoboken
Hoboken Ferry [11][12] Barclay Street Hoboken Terminal (1821–1967) Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, later Erie Lackawanna Railway. Originally operated by the Hoboken Ferry Company
Murray Street Hoboken
Pavonia Ferry Chambers Street Pavonia Terminal Erie Railroad
Duane Street Paulus Hook Paterson and Hudson River Railroad
Franklin Street Ferry Franklin Street Weehawken West Shore Railroad
Hubert Street Hoboken
Desbrosses Street Ferry Desbrosses Street Exchange Place Pennsylvania Railroad
Desbrosses Street Weehawken Terminal

West Shore Railroad

Spring Street Hoboken
Spring Street Ferry Spring Street Fort Lee
Clarkson Street Communipaw Terminal CNJ
Christopher Street Ferry.[11] Christopher Street Hoboken Terminal 1838–1955 Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad. Originally operated by the Hoboken Ferry Company.
13th Street Bay Street, Jersey City Pennsylvania Railroad
13th Street Weehawken Terminal West Shore Railroad
14th Street Hoboken Terminal DL&W
Hoboken Ferry 14th Street (Manhattan) 14th Street (Hoboken)
23rd Street Communipaw Terminal Central Railroad of New Jersey
23rd Street Ferry 23rd Street Exchange Place Pennsylvania Railroad
Pavonia Ferry 23rd Street Pavonia Terminal Erie
23rd Street (Manhattan) Hoboken Terminal DL&W
Hoboken Ferry 23rd Street (Manhattan) 14th Street (Hoboken)
23rd Street Edgewater
34th Street Exchange Place Pennsylvania Railroad
Weehawken Ferry[11] 42nd Street Weehawken Terminal (1884–1959) West Shore and NYC RR's
North Weehawken Ferry[11] 42nd Street Slough's Meadow (1859–1902) Weehawken Ferry Company (1859–1872)
New York Central Railroad (1872–1902)
Fort Lee Ferry 130th Street Edgewater
Englewood Ferry[7] Dyckman Street Englewood 1915–1942 during colonial era at Closter Dock[14]
The Binghampton travelled between Hoboken and Manhattan, and is now moored in Edgewater
Christopher Street end of the Hoboken Ferry

The Bronx[edit]

Name Bronx end New Jersey end Operated Notes

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.google.nl/imgres?imgurl=http://www.worldshipny.com/images/nyc2wslweehawken.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.worldshipny.com/elferry.shtml&h=432&w=610&sz=70&tbnid=Dwhtjdsa5ihetM:&tbnh=96&tbnw=136&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dnorth%2Briver%2Btunnels%26tbm%3Disch%26tbo%3Du&zoom=1&q=north+river+tunnels&hl=nl&usg=__zKxkld8xOw2H9T8LWqaJd2VhvhY=&sa=X&ei=21qKT9CaOubA0QW3_4XSCQ&ved=0CCcQ9QEwBQ
  2. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/1989/12/24/nyregion/ferryboats-again-becoming-a-familiar-sight-along-hudson.html?scp=22&sq=Pier%2011&st=cse
  3. ^ http://books.google.nl/books?id=WaDY5i7D-3gC&pg=PA46&lpg=PA46&dq=communipaw&source=bl&ots=hDLYWTqf-b&sig=YmmuZZYbTKERrHeYstU8ZK9L7nI&hl=nl&ei=WuWrS4bwIZLp-Ab_zqWhDQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=6&ved=0CCAQ6AEwBTiMAQ#v=onepage&q=communipaw&f=false
  4. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/1989/12/24/nyregion/ferryboats-again-becoming-a-familiar-sight-along-hudson.html?scp=1&sq=Ferryboats%20Again%20Becoming%20a%20Familiar%20Sight%20Along%20Hudson&st=cse
  5. ^ A brief history of Harsimus Cove
  6. ^ History of the Hudson River Ferries
  7. ^ a b Washington Heights history Tubby Hook
  8. ^ Closter Dock Road
  9. ^ "Railway World" 30. 1886-04-24. p. 388. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  10. ^ Stevens, A.E. (1897). "Origin and development of the ferryboat". Marine Engineering/Log 1. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  11. ^ a b c d e Kenneth T. Jackson: The Encyclopedia of New York City: The New York Historical Society; Yale University Press; 1995. P. 398-400.
  12. ^ a b Stevens, A.E. (1897). "Origin and development of the ferryboat". Marine Engineering/Log 1. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  13. ^ http://thehistorybox.com/ny_city/nycity_evolution_ferry_boats_article00335.htm
  14. ^ [httpwww.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=7208 Closter Dock Road]