A long lost Narrows Ferry schedule to Brooklyn

In 1908, you had one transportation option if you were traveling between Staten Island and Bay Ridge—say to get to Coney Island or South Beach (Staten Island’s Coney-like amusement pier): the ferry.

This ferry schedule spells it all out for you. It was found stashed in Clinton Hill mansion all these years and is strangely well-preserved.

The ferry departs Brooklyn from Gelston’s Wharf in Fort Hamilton.

I don’t know if there still is a wharf known by that name, but the Gelston family settled here almost two centuries ago, reports a 1918 New York Times article:

“George S. Gelston came to Fort Hamilton in 1839 and bought the property on which was located the old Hamilton House, erected in 1750, and used during the Revolutionary War by both George Washington and Lord Howe as Headquarters.”

Today, Gelston Avenue in Bay Ridge looks like it may have at one time run down to the water.

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5 Responses to “A long lost Narrows Ferry schedule to Brooklyn”

  1. Mike Says:

    The ferry was to Fort Hamilton — not Coney Island. That’s very clearly stated in the ad.

  2. Vinny Says:

    Yes, this was just a ferry between Clifton on Staten Island and Bay Ridge. There were trains and street cars to beaches on both sides. It was also a popular route to New Jersey via Staten Island.

  3. wildnewyork Says:

    Thank you both, I fixed it.

  4. Julie Says:

    Back in the 1840s, you could take a ferry from Fulton ferry, Brooklyn to Coney Island proper for 12 1/2 (!) cents!


    Cool find. Being from the Southwest, I’d never heard of South Beach, either–interesting. Thank you!

  5. Meegan Says:

    I lived on Gelston Ave as a child so it’s so nice to see this 🙂

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