199 years ago


Stevens launches first commercial steam ferry in 1811

Yesterday marked the 199th anniversary of the first “commercial” ferry service between New York and Hoboken.

Colonel John Stevens and his “Juliana” passenger steam ferry was inaugurated on October 11, 1811. As you might already suspect, Hoboken will always be known for it’s lawsuits and other ego-battles, and the Stevens’ Ferry service had to move to the Connecticut River for the next 10 years. However, the Stevens family was finally back on the Hudson running the commuter ferry service for many decades, and eventually sold the operation to the Erie Lackawanna Railway in 1904.

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