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][2] and 1989, when it was restarted by New York Waterway.[3]

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 ferry 1661-[4][3] 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 The Juliana, running from Barclay Street, was withdrawn from service, as announced, in favor of the "more convenient" horse boat.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]


Map of the Hudson River ferries to Lower Manhattan, 1879
Erie-Lackawanna ferries docked at Hoboken Terminal on September 3, 1965
Christopher Street end of the Hoboken Ferry
The Binghampton travelled between Hoboken and Manhattan, and is now moored in Edgewater
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 Ferry Terminal (1661[12]–1967) Central Railroad of New Jersey
Jersey City Ferry Cortland Street Ferry Depot Paulus Hook, later named Exchange Place (1764[13]–1949)[14] Pennsylvania Railroad, later via its Jersey City Branch
West Shore Ferry Weehawken Terminal (1885–1959) West Shore Railroad
Vesey Street Hoboken Ferry service restored at Battery Park City Ferry Terminal
Hoboken Ferry [10][11] 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 Ferry Terminal Pavonia Terminal (1856–1958) Erie Railroad purchased several ferries from previous operators in 1856. Unclear when ferry service from Chambers Street began.
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 1862–1930[15] Pennsylvania Railroad
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
Weehawken Terminal West Shore Railroad
14th Street Hoboken Terminal DL&W
Hoboken Ferry 14th Street (Hoboken)
23rd Street Communipaw Terminal Central Railroad of New Jersey
23rd Street Ferry Exchange Place Pennsylvania Railroad
Pavonia Ferry Pavonia Terminal Erie
Hoboken Terminal DL&W
Hoboken Ferry 14th Street (Hoboken)
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] Slough's Meadow (1859–1902) Weehawken Ferry Company (1859–1872)
New York Central Railroad (1872–1902)
125th Street Ferry 125th Street Edgewater Public Service Corporation of New Jersey
Fort Lee Ferry 130th Street Edgewater
Englewood Ferry[7] Dyckman Street Englewood 1915–1942 during colonial era at Closter Dock[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 24, 2018. Retrieved January 23, 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Redirect Notice". Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Eftimiades, Maria (December 24, 1989). "Ferryboats Again Becoming a Familiar Sight Along Hudson". Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  4. ^ Baxter, Raymond J.; Adams, Arthur G. (February 18, 1999). "Railroad Ferries of the Hudson: And Stories of a Deckhand". Fordham University Press. Retrieved February 18, 2019 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ A brief history of Harsimus Cove Archived February 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ History of the Hudson River Ferries Archived March 7, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ a b Washington Heights history Archived August 7, 2010, at the Wayback Machine Tubby Hook
  8. ^ a b "Closter Dock Road Historical Marker". Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  9. ^ "Railway World". 30. April 24, 1886. p. 388. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
  10. ^ a b Stevens, A.E. (1897). "Origin and development of the ferryboat". Marine Engineering/Log. 1. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
  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. ^ Railroad Ferries of the Hudson: And Stories of a Deckhand, by, Raymond J. Baxter, Arthur G. Adams, pg. 46 ,1999, Fordham University Press, 978-0823219544
  13. ^ History of the County of Hudson, New Jersey: From Its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time, Charles Hardenburg Winfield, pg. 243-246, Kennard & Hay Stationery M'fg and Print. Company, 1874
  14. ^ "The History Box -Evolution of the Ferry-Boat 1692-1890". Retrieved February 18, 2019.
  15. ^ Railroad Ferries of the Hudson: And Stories of a Deckhand, by, Raymond J. Baxter, Arthur G. Adams, pg. 70-80 ,1999, Fordham University Press, 978-0823219544


  • Brian J. Cudahy, Over and Back: The History of Ferryboats in New York Harbor
  • Arthur G. Adams, The Hudson Through the Years

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