Staten Island ferry makes a trip to Port Canaveral for New York


PORT CANAVERAL, Florida – People who jumped aboard cruise ships in Port Canaveral may have had a double take on Tuesday when they saw an orange Staten Island ferry in the harbor.

The Staten Island ferry “Sandy Ground” stopped at Port Canaveral en route to New York, according to a press release.

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The new ferry was built in Port St. Joe, Florida, by Eastern Shipbuilding Group. It will undergo the final preparations once it arrives in New York and will perform tests before it goes into service.

The new ferry is one of three the company is building. Eastern Shipbuilding Group said the ferries are larger and better able to cope with inclement weather.

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The Eastern Shipbuilding Group has stated that the ferry is named after the Sandy Group community, a freed slave community established on the south shore of Staten Island in the 1820s. It was one of the earliest African-American colonies. from America.

“This ship honors our country’s African American heritage and will tell the story of the historic Sandy Ground community,” Eastern President Joey D’Isernia said in a press release.

Greg and Ellie Smith, who lived in New York City, had a great view of the new ferry from the harbor restaurants. The couple remembered taking the Staten Island ferry in the 1970s.

“A lot of people depend on it to get around,” said Ellie Smith.

Greg Smith said the ferry was also nice for recreational purposes.

“It was great fun seeing the city and being a part of something that is history,” he said.

The new ferry can carry approximately 4,500 passengers and the Staten Island ferry fleet carries 22 million people each year.

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