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Rondout-Sleighsburg Ferry: Riverside, a.k.a. Skillypot

 
 
Rondout-Sleighsburg Ferry: <i>Riverside</i>, a.k.a. <i>Skillypot</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Herrick, August 18, 2022
1. Rondout-Sleighsburg Ferry: Riverside, a.k.a. Skillypot Marker
Inscription.  
In the days before the Rondout Creek bridges, people crossed the creek by ferry.

First, a wooden scow which was sculled or rowed across the creek was used for many years.

Then a steam-driven chain ferry, John P. Sleight, was used from 1855 to 1870. After being wrecked in a spring freshet, the Sleight was replaced by the Riverside in 1870.

The nickname Skillypot, a version of the Dutch word for tortoise, was given to the chain ferries because of their slow speed.

The Skillypot's slip was located here on the property that is now the Hudson River Maritime Museum. The ferry crossed directly to Sleightsburg meeting the bottom of the road we can still see today from the museum.

In 1921, the new suspension bridge to Port Ewen opened and put the Skillypot out of business. However, for residents of Sleightsburg, especially those without a car, it was quite out of the way to cross the new bridge to get to downtown Rondout to shop, so enterprising local citizens with rowboats took people across for a nominal fee.

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( photo captions )
—   Ferry Riverside leaving Sleightsburg, c. 1900. Notice the boatyard to left in the background where barges were built and other vessels repaired. A small building labeled "Meat Market" flanked the ferry slip. From the Hudson River Maritime Museum archives.
—   The ferry Riverside or Skillypot leaving Rondout for Sleightsburg. The chain ferry's slip was located at the foot of Hasbrouck Avenue, a spot now part of the Hudson River Maritime's Museum's property. None of the bulldings in the picture still stand; all were taken down during Urban Renewal In the late 1960s. The wooden coal storage building at right was located where the Maritime Museum is today. From the Hudson River Maritime Museum archives.
 
Erected by Hudson River Maritime Museum.
 
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Rondout-Sleighsburg Ferry: <i>Riverside</i>, a.k.a. <i>Skillypot</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Herrick, August 18, 2022
2. Rondout-Sleighsburg Ferry: Riverside, a.k.a. Skillypot Marker
Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1855.
 
Location. 41° 55.119′ N, 73° 58.862′ W. Marker is in Kingston, New York, in Ulster County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Broadway and Rondout Landing, on the left when traveling south. Located at the Hudson River Maritime Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston NY 12401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fulton’s Playground: Fun with Steamboats (a few steps from this marker); Mary Powell Bell (a few steps from this marker); Sections of the “Old Stone Road” (within shouting distance of this marker); 1898 Mathilda Steam Engine (within shouting distance of this marker); The Tugboat Mathilda (within shouting distance of this marker); Romer & Tremper Steamboat Dock (within shouting distance of this marker); The Cornell Steamboat Company (within shouting distance of this marker); The Kingston-Rhinecliff Ferry (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kingston.
 
Also see . . .  Hudson River Maritime Museum. (Submitted on August 23, 2022, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Rondout-Sleighsburg Ferry: <i>Riverside</i>, a.k.a. <i>Skillypot</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Herrick, August 18, 2022
3. Rondout-Sleighsburg Ferry: Riverside, a.k.a. Skillypot Marker

 
Additional keywords. Rondout-Sleighsburg Ferry : Riverside, a.k.a. Skillypot
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 23, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 23, 2022, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 174 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 23, 2022, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.

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