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Re: Which Ferry Boat? (Mary Murray class)
Posted by CC 8TH AVE. LOCAL on Wed Oct 15 21:43:45 2003, in response to Re: Which Ferry Boat?,
The Marry Murray, Miss New York, and Gold Star Mother, lasted until the early 70s. These art-deco, late 1930s boats were the last built with the traditional open promenade around the upper-deck cabins. They were popular with captains but not with the engine-room fellows, as, partially due to the short stacks, the boiler room temps could be excessive. These were large boats, carrying both vehicles and passengers. After retirement, the Gold Star Mother was used as a floating drug rehabilitation center, nicknamed "Gold Star Methadone". She was later scrapped. Miss New York, for a time, served as a floating restuarant in Bridgeport, Conn, then, in the 70s, was brought down to Edgewater, NJ, to become a NEW resturant near the ex-EL "Binghamton" . She sat there for years and finally sunk when ice punctured her hull during the early 90s. She, too, was scrapped. The Marry Murray (the last I heard) was beached high and dry on the flats of the Raritan River, near New Brunswick. Sad ends for fine old craft.
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