A ferryboat that once took arriving immigrants from Ellis Island to Manhattan and also served in both the First and Second World Wars could be your next home for $1.25 million.
The boat was built in 1907 by a Philadelphia-based firm and was later acquired by the U.S. Navy for use in WWI and again in WWII—the country’s only ferryboat to be commandeered in both wars.
In between the two wars, it served for several years as the Ellis Island Ferry and was later used as a tour boat, before falling into the hands of a private buyer, who began to restore it.
It was last sold in 2003 to Richard and Victoria MacKenzie-Childs, the founders of the eponymous colorful home décor firm, who then moved it to Hoboken.
The couple, who are no longer associated with MacKenzie-Childs Ltd., bought it as they needed more living space to carry out their work and have lived on it ever since, even turning it into a hotel at one point. It is currently docked in Red Hook in Brooklyn and is big enough to sleep up to 24 people.
The 4,000-square-foot vessel, which has an impressive view of the city from the upper deck, is decorated in the couple’s eclectic style including striped poles, dock ropes and a bed right behind the steering wheel.
“We inherited a lot of what we’ve had or built it or found it so that’s what makes it amazing,” Ms. MacKenzie-Childs told Mansion Global. “It would be wonderful if it could be sold as it is.”
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