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Guide to the Unnamed ferry line subscribers' agreement 1974.251

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Nicholas Pavlik

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Unnamed ferry line subscribers' agreement
Dates: 1833
Quantity: 0.01 Linear feet in one folder.
Text [Box]: A0026
Call Phrase: 1974.251
Sponsor: This collection was processed and described as part of the project, "Uncovering the Secrets of Brooklyn's 19th Century Past: Creation to Consolidation," funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources, with additional support from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

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Historical Note

The first steam ferry to provide service across the East River between Brooklyn and New York City was the Fulton Ferry, which officially opened in 1814 and connected the two Fulton Streets on either side of the River. Other early steam ferries between Brooklyn and New York included the South Ferry, which opened in 1836 and connected Atlantic Street in Brooklyn to New York's Whitehall Street, and the Hamilton Ferry, which opened in 1846 and connected Hamilton Avenue in Brooklyn to the Battery in New York. By 1854, several competing ferry lines between Brooklyn and New York were consolidated by the Union Ferry Company.


  1. Adams, Arthur G. "Ferries," in The Encyclopedia of New York City, ed. Kenneth T. Jackson (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press; New York: New York Historical Society, c1995), 397-401.

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Scope and Contents note

One subscribers' agreement, dated 1833, to establish an unnamed ferry line between Brooklyn and New York City south of the Fulton Ferry. Includes a list of 23 subscribers. The intended ferry line referenced in the agreement is possibly the South Ferry, which opened in 1836.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Agreements
  • Subscription lists

Subject Topics

  • Ferries -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Ferries -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Transportation -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Transportation -- New York (State) -- New York

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restriction.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); Unnamed ferry line subscribers' agreement, 1974.251, Box and Folder number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Related Materials

Related archival collections at the Brooklyn Historical Society:

  1. 1977.051, Catherine and Main Street Ferry Company records, 1812-1845

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Lea Luquer through T.P. Luquer, 1917.

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