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Full Steam Ahead: 200 Years of Ferries in Brooklyn


In 1814, Robert Fulton launched the first steam ferry between Brooklyn and Manhattan.

The ferry transformed the relationship between the two places and ushering in a period of enormous growth in Brooklyn. To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Fulton’s ferry, BHS mined its archives to reveal wonderful details of Brooklyn’s ferry history. Materials on display included paintings of the Union Ferry Company fleet, colorful tickets and timetables, and business records from the early days of steam ferry travel.


Sunday, June 01, 2014 - Sunday, March 29, 2015