Welcome aboard the newest ferry in New York Harbor: Governors 1
Jun 13, 2019 11:09 am
Our new passenger ferry, the Governors 1, is ready to set sail! Governors 1 will serve 400 passengers per trip between Lower Manhattan and Governors Island, increasing our capacity to transport an additional 1,000 passengers per hour. The new vessel will officially go into service on weekends beginning this Saturday, June 15 and will make trips between the Battery Maritime Building and Soissons Landing, increasing service to approximately every 20 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays during the public season. The ferry will also serve both current and future tenants of the Island including students at the New York Harbor School, residents and staff of the soon to open Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Arts Center at Governors Island, along with seasonal cultural programming organizations and vendors.
Governors 1 was built by Blount Boats, Inc., a family-owned shipyard led by Marcia Blount, based in Warren, Rhode Island and celebrating their 70th anniversary this year. 132 feet long and 40 feet wide, the single passenger deck vessel is powered by two 800 horsepower engines and will travel at speeds up to 14 knots, shortening dock to dock travel time between Lower Manhattan and Governors Island to about five minutes. It was built using 450,000 pounds of steel, making it roughly the same weight as the Statue of Liberty!
This month, students in the vessel operations class at the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School, located on Governors Island, and their instructors joined our ferry crew aboard Governors 1 to shadow training exercises. The students, all in their sophomore year, have been engaging directly with maritime operators throughout the semester as part of their hands-on curriculum. To help illustrate how a vessel like Governors 1 gets ready for public service, Governors Island staff and the crew took the students through all aspects of daily operations, including start-up procedures in the engine room, man-overboard drills in the passenger cabin and even public service announcements from the pilot house.
Thank you to the Harbor School students, instructors and Principal Jeff Chetirko for helping to prep for Governors 1’s maiden voyage across New York Harbor. To learn more about the New York Harbor School, visit newyorkharborschool.org. See the new ferry schedule here. Welcome aboard!