East Brunswick, New Jersey: Mary Murray Ferry Derelict (Gone)

A former Staten Island Ferry that got beached off of the New Jersey Turnpike in the 1980s and hasn't moved since.
Directions:
Just north of New Jersey Turnpike exit 9 at mile marker 84.2. Can be seen from the northbound shoulder of the road, although it is a little scary to sit there. There's a rear approach to the ferry via Schoolhouse Lane, but it may be gated.
Hours:
April 2010: Reported stripped and sold for scrap.
Status:
Gone

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Abandoned ferry.

Mary Murray Ferry Boat Derelict

I live in Southern New Jersey and for 10 years I have traveled back and forth on the NJ Turnpike to visit my family in New York. I began seeing this abandoned ferry boat and it always piqued my curiosity as to where it came from and why was it just sitting there; however I would quickly forget about it until the next time I headed north. I finally stopped and photographed it and did some research and found out it is an abandoned ferry.

The Mary Murray was a Staten Island ferry boat, commissioned in 1937 and named after Mary Lindley Murray, who helped the American troops during the Revolutionary War by distracting the British officers and her Crown-loyal husband. The boat was sold at auction in 1982 to a man who owned a marina in East Brunswick. He planned to turn it into a floating restaurant, but it sank before he managed to get to its final destination.

[Eileen, 07/05/2008]

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