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The Brooklyn Ferry

"The first ferry was established sometime between the years 1638 when Brooklyn colony was begun by Governor Kieft" and 1642. The first ferryman, Cornelis Dircksen, "ferried passengers from the foot of the present Fulton Street in Brooklyn to Peck Slip on the Manhattan shore. Rowboats, canoes, and other small craft were used at first; later flat bottom boats for the accommodation of passengers and cattle were propelled by sail."
     Richard McKay, A Maritime History of New York

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