The Staten Island Ferry: A History

In celebration of the The Staten Island Ferry: A History, a new book from the Staten Island Museum, you are invited to attend a book talk and signing with  Patricia M. Salmon.

Saturday, March 28, 2009
1:00 p.m.

Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve Visitor Center,
Veteran’s Road West and Sharrotts Road,
Charleston, Staten Island.

The event is free! Call 718/967-1976 for further information.

Discover the history of Staten Island’s most important icon. For over 100 years the official Staten Island Ferry has plied the waters between Staten Island and Whitehall, moving millions of commuters, tourists, and vehicles. What most people do not realize is that ferries have been running from Staten Island to New Jersey, Brooklyn, and Manhattan for centuries. During this informative talk the boats, landings, and events that have shaped our modern ferry system will be discussed, as will the movers and shakers in ferry history including the “Commodore” Cornelius Vanderbilt, Governor Daniel D. Tompkins, and Erastus Wiman. Municipal takeover of the Staten Island Ferry in 1905, and the resulting ferryboat classes and their ferries will be presented.

Patricia M. Salmon is the Curator of History at the Staten Island Museum. Copies of The Staten Island Ferry: A History will be available for $22


This book has been made possible, in part, through support from Con Edison, the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the New York Council for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional operating support has been provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Any views, findings conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this book do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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