World’s Last Steam Ferry to Be Demolished Next Month

EDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) -
The Binghamton, the last double-ended steam ferry on the Hudson River, is slowly sinking into the Hudson River. (Carl G Perelman/Flickr)
The Binghamton, the last double-ended steam ferry on the Hudson River, is slowly sinking into the Hudson River. (Carl G Perelman/Flickr)

The demolition of a historic ferry that shuttled passengers from Hoboken to New York City for more than 60 years before enjoying its second act as a popular restaurant will begin next month.

The removal of the Binghamton, the last double-ended steam ferry on the Hudson River, the birthplace of steam engines, is expected to take three months and cost approximately $500,000.

Officials say the 230-foot vessel has been damaged beyond repair.

The Binghamton operated as a ferry to lower Manhattan from 1905 until its retirement in 1967. Former New Jersey Assembly Speaker Nelson Gross purchased the ferry in the early 1970s and transformed it into a floating riverboat-style restaurant complete with Victorian décor.

Binghamton’s operated in Edgewater for more than four decades before closing in 2007.