Ferry awaits final voyage

A John F. Kennedy-class ferryboat that connected the borough of Staten Island to Manhattan sits in a scrap metal yard on the western shore of Staten Island. Retired several years ago, this boat has been stripped down to its metal frame. Cold and eerie, the boat’s decks are badly deteriorated from neglect and by the elements.

Each Kennedy-class ferry carried up to 3,500 passengers and up to 40 vehicles, is 297 feet long, 69 feet 10 inches wide and has a tonnage of 2,109 gross tons. Two ferries, the American Legion II and Governor Herbert H. Lehman, were retired after 40 years of service, with the acquisition of the new Molinari class ferries.

Photographer Gordon Donovan ventured on this boat in its final stages to capture some haunting images of this ghostly vessel before its final voyage. (Yahoo News)

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