HISTORIC 1907 ELLIS ISLAND FERRY Recently I had the opportunity to photograph Victoria and Richard MacKenzie-Childs' home aboard the historic 1907 Yankee Ferry, afloat on the Hudson River. They've not only restored the Yankee and kept it afloat for posterity, but they also use the ship as a beautiful studio and show space for their work as decorative artists.
The 1907 Yankee Ferry was affixed with guns and canons and was first used by the U.S. Army to patrol the Boston Harbor during World War I. In the 1920s, the Yankee was used by Ellis Island to transport newly arrived immigrants from the island to Manhattan. Many of the immigrants were kept below decks on their transatlantic voyage and are said to have obtained their first views of New York City from the decks of the Yankee. The ship is the last surviving Ellis Island ferry.