Yankee Ferry Foundation

This lovely Old Ferry Boat has stolen the hearts of many a man. She is a National Heritage Ship, docked in Staten Island, NY. And we, her loyal crew, are working joyfully, tirelessly . . . to give her the attention she deserves; “readying ship” to embrace the public aboard by creating a stunning educational "Avant Maritime Museum" and a thoughtful meeting space, "Mutiny Forum" for global thinkers to embark upon and realize a new world for the good of nature and every kind of man! Being 110+ years young, life aboard this historic ship comes with antiquated water & electric. It can be a lesson in survival at times. Instead of flowing water, we have been known to haul & boil water for sponge bathing . . . all by lantern light! This is not the norm but it can try the faint at heart. A dose of good humor, forbearance, & fortitude are key to success. Here, there is a place for people willing to work hard and really commit to the betterment of this iconic ferry. All willing & able – strong, diligent, skilled, and hardy volunteers WANTED. For these, we shall gladly "grant permission to come aboard!" as one of our right-ruddy crew. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

Her Lady~ship, like the Statue of Liberty welcomes all creeds and cultures. There is a happy, wholesome atmosphere aboard, which makes for a rewarding living situation for all . . . no alcohol, smoking, nor profanity. This is where the American Dream awakens to a world reality, and where the open frontier of thought begins. No one leaves unchanged. Be ready for mental and physical liberation! A bunk, stowage, all bedding, and towels are provided (cabins sometimes shared with another). There is a desk and seating in every quarter, as well as communal salons for relaxing, and open access to ships reading materials. There are a few "Wee Galleys" to cook up simple meals. Though the Ferry is stocked with basic food provisions, crew will want to supplement with fresh elements in order to round out their own dietary tastes and preferences. There is 24-hour public transportation, just a 6-minute walk from the bay. There is also free parking for crew with cars. We also have a few bikes for crew to use. Museums and culture institutions have free days, and there are many wonderful ways to enjoy this beautiful melting pot experience! It's all here to be discovered and claimed as . . . Home!

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It was such an amazing and inspiring experience.
Richard and Victoria were very caring, always making sure I was happy and confortable with the projects I worked at and confortable with my stay.
Yankee Ferry is a one of a kind boat, and life aboard was really unique. It was like living in a floating museum! surronded by Richard and Victoria's art aboard of the oldest existing Ellis Island ferry. I felt very proud and satisfied to have worked in making her look even more beautiful.
Thank you for everything Richard, Victoria and Frederik Ahoy!

2 months ago

Frederik replied

Thank you for the sweet review, Karla! It was so wonderful to get to know you. Wish you all the best.

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