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New Jersey Side of the Tottenville Ferry


Perth Amboy Tottenville Ferry Slip

The site of ferry service to Staten Island dates to 1684 when the likes of Ben Franklin and the Lenape Indians used its service to traverse the Arthur Kill. The service closed in 1963. The ferry slip was restored in 1998 to its 1904 appearance. A replica of the ticket office has been constructed and used as a small museum.

I’ve never been to Perth Amboy. People tell me it is a nice town. Got to get there one of these days, but I almost always get lost when I drive in New Jersey!


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I would like to know where

I would like to know where the Staten Island side of the ferry landed, I believe it was just at the base of Amboy Road. I would like to have a replica constructed of the Ferry landing as Perth Amboy has so graceiously done.

tottenville ferry

my dad was the captain of this ferry for many yrs. up until it closed in 1963. It landed at the end of bentley st in tottenville. last stop for the train. at that time called the s.i.rapid trassit. I also would love to see the slip rebuilt. it was great for business on both sides when that ferry was open

If you want to see the Perth

If you want to see the Perth Amboy side of the Tottenville Ferry take the OuterBridge Crossing and take Route 35 South to the street just BEFORE the Freedom Bridge and make a left turn and go to the end and you will be in for the suprise of your life if you love Staten Island as I do.

I believe the Tottenville

I believe the Tottenville Ferry left from the end of Bentley St, but I would have to look around for a source to absolutely confirm that. Thanks for the tip--I'll try to get over to Perth Amboy sometime! Donald

going on the cornucopia

going on the cornucopia cruise in perth amboy nj where is the tottenville ferry slip located to pick up our boarding passes?

The Tottenville ferry slip

The Tottenville ferry slip was close to the Staten Island railroad's Tottenville station. In the 1920s we used to take the ferry to Perth Amboy where we could catch a bus to Asbury Park or Keensburg where there were amussements for our family's children. Later, when my older brother had a car, we take Amboy road to tottenville and by brother would drive his car on to the ferry. As I recall the ferry was a side-wheeler. Some of our Princ's Bay neighbors would to go to Perth Amboy to shop, but my family did not do so. We were only Summer residents in Princ's Bay, and my family did their shopping in Manhattan or Brooklyn.

Tottenville Ferry, Perth Amboy

My grandfather Edward Witt was a ferry captain on the Charles W. Galloway. I believe this ferry became active in 1922. My grandfather passed away in 1924 (33 years before I was born). The family lived in Perth Amboy at the time. I have searched, but never found anything regarding him and the ferry. If anyone knows of any leads to search for this information it would be appreciated.

Charles Galloway

I have a color photo of the Galloway. If you do not already have it (I have been sending out to several historical sites) I would be happy to email you a copy.

Does anyone have plans for the Perth Amboy- Tottenville Ferry?

I was born in Perth Amboy in 1947 and I have very fond memories of riding the ferry with my parents to Tottenville. We would then take the SIRR into the city and spend the day there, I now reside in Jacksonville, FL. I am a skilled scale model shipwright and I long to build a working scale radio controlled model of the ferry along with interior lighting and her walking beam side wheel. I have tried for many years to obtain a good set of plans for the ferry but have just about exhausted my search. If anyone reading this knows where I can find plans for the ferry, please contact me via e-mail. Thank you one and all! Frank J. Ryczek, Jr. Maritime Artworks Limited Jacksonville, Florida

As a small boy living in

As a small boy living in Perth Amboy, I do not recall a shopping trip downtown with my mother when I did not insist we take a round trip ride on the ferry to Tottenville and back. The last steam ferry with the side wheels went out of service on October 16, 1948. It was replaced by the smaller, diesel powered Sunrise ferries which ended ferry service in 1963. I recall excursions to Manhattan starting at the bus stop in front of my house to the Perth Amboy ferry terminal $.05, the ferry to Tottenville $.25, the Rapid Transit train to St George, Staten Island $.50, the Staten Island ferry to lower Manhattan $.05, and the New York Subway $.15; entire round trip via public transportation for $2.00.

Fond Memories of the Perth Amboy Ferry and the area

I was born and raised in Tottenville, but had to go to Perth Amboy to see my orthodontist. I remember taking the ferries named Spica, Sirius, Orion, and Taurus. The Taurus did not carry vehicles. Anyway, the location of the ferry slip in Tottenville was right at the end of Bentley St. If you drove down the hill from Arthur Kill Rd. the slip was just behind the former S.I.R.T. Tottenville train depot. While many of us loved living in Tottenville, and Main St. had some nice stores - Segman's, Ammy's, and Mary's 5&10, Perth Amboy had Reynolds, multiple shoe stores (Flagg Brothers, Slobodiens, etc. five 5&10's (Woolworth's Kresge's to name two),. two movie theaters and NO sales tax on clothing. We used to go to Lido Gardens, a Chinese restaurant, in the 50's, which was in the Hotel Packer. That hotel burned down in the late '60's - early 70's and a number of people died. It was in the wintertime. We also used to go to Tom's Barge, which was close to the ferry. My dad bought suits at Briegs, and I cot suits at Rogers, and Crawfords. After the ferry closed down and I still had to make it over to P.A. I took the Red and Tan - the 99-S and after we got to the Perth Amboy stop, I walked to the Crystal (on Smith St.) to have breakfast before I went to my appt. Getting home was an adventure, since the 99-S only ran like twice a day. I usually walked from my orthodontist who was on Madison Ave. to the Outerbridge and hitchhiked a ride across to Staten Island. There was also Krauszer's Dairy who used to have milk you could by in vending machines. It was pasteriized, but not homogenized, so the cream was on the top and it was 80 cents a gallon.

New Brunswick, highland park had a bus to the ferry.

I used to go to ny via the ferry, train, and and ny ferry. It was a long ride but different and offered intriguing side shows comparable to a cross continental journey. There was an organ grinder and monkey on the nj crossing.

Perth Amboy - Tottenville Ferry

I was born in Perth Amboy in 1934 but moved to nearby Fords when I was very young. One of my cherished memories was taking the paddle wheel ferry to Tottenville. The experience of seeing the enormous crank which formed part of the walking beam steam engine that turned the paddle wheel was truly awesome. I remember the ferry was called the Galloway but incorrectly remembered the first name as Ewing. I'm happy that others remember the ferry, too, and the correct first name.

Perth Amboy Ferry - Always an Adventure

I lived in Tottenville and loved shopping in Perth Amboy. There were 4 dime stores, one with wooden floors. Walking up Smith St. with they were all on the right . Woolworths was the 4th from the ferry. I'd walk up the street shopping and buy on the way home. I'd try to buy at the smaller stores, not the last two. My Orthodontist was in Perth Amboy -- bet it's the same one. One of his neices worked in the office for a while. I loved the little pastic animals that were always stuck on the appointment cards. I remember the name Orion for one of the ferries. Can't think of another name. This would have been late 50s, 61, 62. Sometimes there were two running, usually just one. I seem to remember a 5 cent fare on ferries from both ends of the Island. Mary's was my favorite store in the world when I was a kid. I remember the no sales tax in Jersey. My father always bought gas in Jersey instead of on SI. I remember a shoe store, other side of Smith Street from dime stores that had a super wonderful machine that would allow kids to look into/thru their new shoes and you could see your toes wiggling. Didn't know what harm it was doing us, but my feet suffered nothing. Someone wanted plans. I know there was seating, inside, only on one side. It was the side kept towards the Outerbridge. Believe it could hold all of nine cars. Tottenville had a diner. I don't remember eating there but went there from time to time. There was always one man in the waiting room, Tottenville side, just sitting. My mother explained he was enjoying the free heat during the winter. I'd never heard the word 'homeless' and don't know if it had been coined in the 50s. Oh, I can picture the waiting rooms on both sides. Tottenville's was better, more formal. And I'm glad Perth Amboy made theirs into a small museum. What's in the museum??

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