Rochester in Monroe County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Crossing the River by Ferry
To cross the river, they built a simple rope ferry to get their goods to the west bank ships anchored at Charlotte. Murphy's ferry operated in the 1850's and 1860's.
The Yosemite started operation in 1876 and Commander Murry would recite passages from Shakespeare to his passengers.
The Windsor ferry started in 1894. The trip took seven minutes and cost 5˘. It traveled along a heavy chain anchored on each shore that dropped down to the river bottom when boats navigated the channel. Captain Andrews ran the ferry for thirty years without ever having an accident.
When the first automobile wanted to cross the river, it was difficult for the ferry captain to determine a fare to charge; he was more used to carrying cattle!
The Windsor at her dock at Ontario Beach Park. She was 75
President Thomas Jefferson established the "Customs District of the Genesee" in 1805. Ideally situated on Ontario's south shore, Charlotte became a bustling commercial port where goods would come in and leave by boat. When the Erie Canal was completed in 1825, it took over as the primary means of east-west travel.
But Lake Ontario remained the preferred way to ship goods to Canada and Europe. The port continued to do a substantial business throughout the 1800's and ferryboats played an important role in getting both freight and passengers from one side of the river to the other.
Location. 43° 14.962′ N, 77° 36.716′ W. Marker is in Rochester, New York, in Monroe County. Marker is at the intersection of Stutson Street and River Street, on the right when traveling east on Stutson Street. Charlotte is a neighborhood of the City of Rochester. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rochester NY 14612, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Boat Building (here, next to this marker); The Village of Charlotte (here, next to this marker); Champion of the Genesee River / A Beacon of Knowledge (here, next to this marker); Stutson Street Bridge (a few steps from this marker); Port of the Genesee, New York (a Irondequoit and its Waterfront (a few steps from this marker); Lighthouses (a few steps from this marker); Resort Area (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rochester.
Also see . . . A Ferry Operated by the New York State Railways Across the Genesee River has Been Operating.... Reprint of an August, 1927 Transportation News article on the Windsor Ferry, as it appeared in Headend (Spring 2004). (Submitted on November 18, 2015.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 13, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 182 times since then and 18 times this year. Last updated on November 13, 2015, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 13, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. 4. submitted on November 18, 2015. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.