level in bow is a large bedroom. Originally crew quarters. Rest
of lowest level is engine rooms and utility rooms. No living space.
1. Has hold which is used as a large work room. Then it enters
into living quarters where there are two bedrooms, a large full
bath, kitchen and living room.
2 has a bedroom and large dining area that was the enclosed cabin
area for passengers. It has a stage. This is where they have parties.
It also has a half bath.
the wheelhouse on the top is two rooms and is a fantastic bedroom.
Has sink. The wheelhouse and crew quarters are very private guest
quarters separated from the main living space. You could have
guests and barely know they are there.
two bedrooms, kitchen, full bath and living room are all finished
in high MacKenzie-Childs style.
MSD - maritime sanitation devise - purifies waste and waste water,
and is approved by the coast guard according to New York City
standards and regulations.
17 coast guard approved fire extinguishers strategically placed
throughout the vessel.
Yankee is directly connected to the city's water grid, providing
running water throughout the vessel for drinking, cooking and
large water boiler that provides hot water for heating the boat
as well as for bathing.
working pellet stove to heat the main deck. Cast iron wood stove
that is native to Yankee in the passenger gallery.
two propane cook stoves. One in the captains quarters and one
in the main galley on the main deck.
Yankee Ferry, Registered within
The National Registry of Historic Places —available for
private sale for the first time in her second millennium:
She comes pure and clear of
detached objects for $1,250.000. Currently this historic ship,
Yankee Ferry, houses many perfectly befitting iconic artifacts
as per her own rich history, as well as many of the one of a kind
works, high-end production works, first renditions, and personal
collections of artists, Victoria & Richard MacKenzie-Childs,
her current stewards. By mid-January, many of these works will
be on the public market, separately from the ship. The ship’s
content, as it is now, will be dispersed. However, at any point
in the sale of the contents, the buyer of the vessel may decide
to purchase Yankee Ferry with or without what is left of her iconic
history. Prices for larger portions of her equipment and collections
will vary according to the breadth of the story desired by the
Yankee’s Historic Electrical
Fazes ~ Intact and In-operation:
She has had a wonderful long
relationship with an astute Electrical Engineer for just shy of
30 years. He knows her inside & out and doesn’t allow
anyone less to “fiddle". He is regarded with the highest
esteem here in the NYC archipelago. Yankee is an historic vessel
and everything about her enlightens her rich timeline through
each period of electrical invention for 110 + years. Every decade
shows up in her systems. We love seeing time travel through her
many fazes of electricity. We have gone a bit retro in our own
period of stewardship, for we have found so many beautiful industrial
reliquary of outlets & switches in crunchy old boxes stowed
away below decks, which we have chosen to reuse; just as beautiful
a feature as the paintings on the walls. They seem to illumine
her genuine story every time we crank a switch . . . always in
a counter-intuitive location of the ship.
Yankee’s Hull History:
Steel doublers were fitted
to Yankee’s old iron sides in 1943, and since then she has
had frequent diver’s hull inspections and in-water surveys
(as per insurance requisites), and dry docking, every 10 years.
The last time we took her to Dry Dock all zincs were routinely
replaced, she was sand blasted, steel plates were welded where
ever needed, sealed, and painted with marine grade epoxy. The
word on the street was that everyone was shocked at her condition,
expecting much worse, from looking at her on the inside. The outside
was so strong and faultless that the insurance company came to
see for themselves, as it was quite a striking departure from
the predictions for a vessel of her maturity.
With no overt problems, it
is impossible to know of an “estimate" for Dry Docking.
Also, every yard has different fixed costs. This research can
be only partially done ahead of time, but there is no honest estimate
for Dry Docking end costs. (if it is not used for unaware public
involvement, the costs can be determined by what the owner actually
wants to do . . . how much they want to spend). Also, any rare
unknowns may adjust the time in Dry Dock. Another element to always
be aware of is that if the yard has weather issues whilst a vessel
is in place the time may differ, or if once it arrives it has
to stay in a holding position whilst unknown delays from the previous
ship occur. The vessel owner must realize that anything in nature
or the nature of the work can change the time involvement.
Yankee, for about 2 years,
had a stay-aboard program. Guests came to stay aboard whilst visiting
or working in NYC. Some were regular recurring guests, others
were a mix of tourists from round the world. We shared her in
this way before she was registered with the Coast Guard. This
activity was so gratifying to the public, to our crew, and to
Yankee. It was never shut down for any reason but our own. We
stopped the Stay-Aboard program because we were ready for a move
to an industrial setting in Red Hook, down near the Statue of
Liberty in NYC, which is zoned for industry only. We decided to
contact the Coast Guard at our own impetus. We were not registered
with the Coast Guard after Yankee retired from her commercial
role round 1990. Since then she was moved off the grid. The Coast
Guard did not “know" of her existence! We contacted
the Coast Guard to learn how to register her with them so that
we could endeavor readying her whilst in harbor at the Gowanus
Bay for our higher desires for an international negotiation sight,
international business deal making sight, and other community,
business, inventive experimentation, or world political and environmental
symposiums. She has never been shut down but for our own purposes
and progression toward her higher goals for her second millennium
in her role changing the world.
Yankee’s Coast Guard
Relationship & Friendship:
Last year the Coast Guard
inspected her from the inside. They cannot inspect her hull and
give her authority to bring on the “unaware" public
(aware public is ok . . . friends, family, small groups) until
she goes into dry dock this time. Whilst she is out of the water
they will determine how much work she needs in order to authenticate
her for the unaware public. She is registered as dock-side (she
has always been tugged to locations since we have had her. We
have not put her under her own power, though her engine and generators
would be operable with routine maintenance adjustments). She is
approved for private use for instance, our crew of up to 8 in
summer months, plus Bosun, our family & pets currently occupy
Yanke Ferry's guilelessness
has caught the hearts and imaginations of many a man, not least,
the US Coast Guard. They came to her with grand sophisticated
suspicions, fears and doubts; but immediately, she won their fancy
and they have befriended her well beyond the straightness of their
stripes. “Yankee", a man recently said, "is disarming!”
She is a humble servant, she is flexible, ebullient, and ineffable,
even. In spite of her spritely slipper of a physique, she has
flourished with more years than 99% of the ships in all the seas
of the earth could ever have hoped to know. She has served in
dangerous situations, yet, her artlessness wins the hearts and
minds of many a captain and crew. The Coast Guard of these waters
has a love affair with fair Yankee, her LadyShip, and intends
to watch over her from a distance, being always careful not to
intrude upon her genuine stature. She is recognized as a national
. . . indeed, a world emblem.
oldest existing Ellis Island Ferry. Built in 1907, acquired by
Victoria & Richard Mackenzie-Childs in 2003 and rennovated
with their creative touch. 150 foot historic vessel listed on
National Register of historic places. Currently configured as
residence with 11 bedrooms. Potential as public exhibit, Event
Venue / Restaurant. "Either afloat upon the waters, OR mounted
upon the land, or cresting a building like an elegant. Crown!
A most intriguing vista from without and from within.