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Guide to the Catherine and Main Street Ferry Company records 1977.051

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Descriptive Summary

Source - dnr: Ward, Edwin J., Mrs.
Creator: Catherine and Main Street Ferry Company (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
Creator: Bowne, Samuel
Title: Catherine and Main Street Ferry Company records
Dates [inclusive]: 1812-1845
Abstract: The records that directly pertain to the ferry company include account books, bills for construction and repair, inspection certificates, and receipt books for wages paid to employees. Also included is a lease agreement issued by Samuel Bowne to Andrew Lake for a parcel of land in Manhattan; a petition from the freeholders of the city of Brooklyn to a circuit judge regarding a dispute with the owner of a distillery on Brooklyn's waterfront; and a broadside announcing the Whig party candidates for Election Day, 1842.
Quantity: 0.42 Linear Feet in one manuscript box
Text [Box]: 1977.051 1 of 1
Call Phrase: 1977.051
Sponsor: This finding aid was revised and entered into Archivists' Toolkit 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 Catherine and Main Street Ferry Company was established in 1811 by Samuel Bowne for the purpose of operating a ferry line that connected Catherine Street in Manhattan to Main Street in Brooklyn across the East River. This particular ferry line, originally known as the New Ferry, was first established in 1795 to supplement the service of the Fulton Ferry, which had been the first ferry to provide service between Brooklyn and Manhattan (1). Bowne operated the ferry until 1852, when he sold the company to Cyrus P. Smith and William F. Bulkley (2). The ferry was subsequently purchased the following year by the Union Ferry Company of Brooklyn, whose one-cent fare rendered the Catherine and Main Street Ferry Company and several other ferry companies uncompetitive (3).

Sources:

  1. Nathaniel S. Prime. A History of Long Island From its First Settlement by Europeans to the Year 1845 (New York: Robert Carter, 1845), 376-380.
  2. "Catharine Ferry," Brooklyn Daily Eagle, March 29, 1852, 1.
  3. "Brooklyn Ferries," Brooklyn Daily Eagle, December 10, 1853, 2.

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Scope and Contents

The Catherine and Main Street Ferry Company records measure 0.42 linear feet and span the period 1812 to 1845. The records that directly pertain to the ferry company include account books, bills for construction and repair, inspection certificates, and receipt books for wages paid to employees. Also included is a lease agreement issued by Samuel Bowne to Andrew Lake for a parcel of land in Manhattan; a petition from the freeholders of the city of Brooklyn to a circuit judge regarding a dispute with the owner of a distillery on Brooklyn's waterfront; and a broadside announcing the Whig party candidates for Election Day, 1842.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Ward, Edwin J., Mrs.

Document Type

  • Leases
  • Receipts (financial records)
  • Account books
  • Petitions

Subject Organizations

  • Catherine and Main Street Ferry Company (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)

Subject Topics

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

Subject Places

  • Manhattan (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Open to users without restriction.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); Catherine and Main Street Ferry Company records, 1977.051, Box and Folder number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Edwin J. Ward, June 1922.

Processing Information

Minimally processed to the collection level.

Material found in repository added to collection by Lena Evers-Hillstrom in November 2018.

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