2008-01-18 / Columnists

Historical Views of the Rockaways

A Look at the Last of the Rockaway Point Ferry Boats in Brooklyn
From The Rockaway Museum Commentary by Emil Lucev,Curator Dedicated To The Memory Of Leon S.Locke

The Rockaway Point ferryboats stopped running between old Reid's Dock at the point, and their docks in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn in 1980.

Today's view shows two of the last boats about to come out of winter storage at their home port, a few years before their runs to the point came to an end, due to a lack of ridership!

The boats shown are the Frederick Lundy and the Commander, wrapped in their winter coats, devoid of snow, ready for a coat of paint, and other necessary maritime preparations for the summer's run to the point!

Last summer I spied the Commander running in the Hudson River as a dinner and cruise boat.

I believe the vessel operated out of a port near West Point, the U.S. Military Academy upstate on the Hudson River. Does anyone have a disposition on the Frederick Lundy? Was it converted? Scrapped? Sunk? Or still running somewhere?

Let us know at The Wave, and thank you!

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