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July 22, 2003 06:00 AM

Broken: Ferry boat name

Sandra Dainora took this picture from her Palm handheld. She writes:

The ferry that takes tourists back from the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island to Manhattan is called "Miss New Jersey." Countless times I have watched person after person ask the boat crew whether their final destination was actually Battery Park [in Manhattan, essentially in the opposite direction from New Jersey].

Not a good experience for out-of-towners - or in-towners, for that matter. I personally had the same moment of doubt when I stepped onto the boat.

Update: A couple of readers have written in with the same response - "the ferry's name is quite apt -- that's the boat you need to take if you want to 'miss New Jersey.'"


Technically, Liberty Island IS in New Jersey. Bedloe's (Liberty) Island was originally part of New Jersey, and for all intents and purposes still is, constitiutionally speaking. So, it isn't a stretch to have a ferry called Miss New Jersey, is it? Besides, ferries go to the Statue and Ellis Island from Liberty State Park on the Jersey Side. That may be the source of your conundrum.

Posted by: jeff at May 28, 2004 08:46 PM

Yes, geographically, the statue of Liberty _is_ in New Jersey.

Posted by: None at June 12, 2004 08:41 PM

Actually, the Statue of Liberty is in New Jersey!

Posted by: Andy at September 2, 2004 01:32 PM

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