NY Harbor ferries (Staten Island, Governor's Island, NY-NJ) May 8, 2017 7:55:14 GMT -8 northwesterner likes this
Post by irtredbirdr33 on May 8, 2017 7:55:14 GMT -8
The awarding of the contract for the NYC Ferry had a major impact on the Billy Bey Ferry, New York Water Taxi and Circle Line Downtown. This article looks at how it affected the New York Water Taxi.
Tuscarora Marine Log No. 11
New York Water Taxi
Brief History and Roster
New York Water Taxi (NYWT) began operations on September 25, 2002. The idea was to provide a harbor taxi service similar to that offered by New York City cabs. Vessels would operate on a route from West 44th Street (Pier 84) on the Hudson River to the East 34th Street Ferry Landing on the East River by way of Battery Park. There would be several landing in between these points. As the service grew various other routes where tried. The boats would also be painted a bright yellow.
The operating company was New York Trans Harbor LLC and it was based in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn.
The original fleet consisted of six front loading boats with a capacity of about 75 passengers. Five larger vessels were added to the fleet between 2005 and 2008. These vessels could carry about 150 passengers. A twelfth boat known as the AMERICAN PRINCESS was acquired at some point. She was configured a standard single ended motor vessel and was used on the long run from Pier 11 (East River) to the Rockaways and and summer excursions to Sandy Hook, New Jersey.
NYWT acquired Circle Line Downtown in 2008 as well as the high speed catamaran ZEPHYR and the speedboat SHARK.
New York City awarded the contract for the expanded NYC Ferry Service to Hornblower Cruises in 2016 and the New York Water Taxi would be unable to complete with this new subsidized service. New York Cruise Lines which is the parent company of Circle Line Sightseeing Yachts (aka Circle Line 42nd Street) and World Yachts acquired all ten remaining water taxis plus the ZEPHYR and SHARK. They will continue to operate the most of the services under the Circle Line Downtown brand. All are now owned by NYCL Aquisition LLC.
Part 2 Incomplete List of Routes
NYWT ran many routes during its fourteen years as an independent company. I do not have a complete list and for some I only have approximate dates. The signature service was the aforementioned harbor taxi service. This route was truncated about 2010 to operate only between Pier 84 and Fulton Street, Brooklyn (DUMBO) with stops at Battery Park and South Street Seaport. The Hudson River Line ran from about 2007/8 to 2009 between Pier 11 on the East River and Haverstraw, New York with a stop at Yonkers. During the same period a Rockaway Ferry ran between Lower Manhattan and Beach 108th Street in Rockaway Park, Queens. This service was served by the AMERICAN PRINCESS. There was a ferry service between Paulus Hook, New Jersey and Pier 11 in 2006.
Ikea opened at store in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn in 2008 and NYWT has run a regular service there ever since.
The Circle Line acquisition in 2008 came with two routes. The Statue of Liberty Express between which was basically a one hour tour of the lower harbor. This route used the ZEPHYR during the summer months and one of the water taxis during the winter. Despite the name it did not land at Liberty Island but took you close enough to get pictures. The other route was the thirty minute SHARK speedboat ride.
Part 3 The Fleet
Mickey Murphy Class: These vessels are 53 feet long and the displacement is 33 gross tons. They have an enclosed lower deck and an open upper deck. MICKEY MURPHY, MICHEAL MANN and CURT BERGER were built in 2002. JOHN KEITH, ED ROGOWSKY (I) and SCHUYLER MEYER JR were built in 2003. ED ROGOWSKY (I) was sold to the Bayonne Golf Club about 2006. She was painted green and re-named HEAVENS GATE.
Sam Holmes Class: These vessels are 67feet long and displace 57 gross tons. They have an enclosed lower deck and an open upper deck. This class includes SAM HOLMES (2002), SEYMOUR B. DURST (2002), ED ROGOWSKY (II) (2006), MARIAN S. HEISKELL (2007) and GENE FLATOW (2008).
Zephyr Class: This class consists of a single vessel, ZEPHYR. She was built in 2003 for Circle Line Harbor Cruises and acquired by NYWT in 2008. She is 122 feet long and displaces 94 gross tons. Her normal assignment is the one hour Statue of Liberty Express operating from Pier 17. Currently, May 2017, that service is being handled by CIRCLE LINE XVII from the 42nd Street fleet.
SHARK Class: This vessel was built in 1998 as THE BEAST for Circle Line Sightseeing Yachts. She was transferred to Circle Line Harbor Cruises about 2005 and acquired by NYWT in 2008.