Staten Island ferry up for auction with bid starting at $125,000

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A nearly 60-year-old ship from the Staten Island Ferry fleet is up for auction – bidding starting at $125,000.

The recently retired John F. Kennedy was built in 1965 and has carried commuters between Staten Island and Manhattan for more than five decades.

The 300 foot long vessel has now gone under the hammer and been would have originally listed with a minimum price of $250,000 by the New York City Department of Administrative Services.

As of Tuesday, 14 bids had been made online for the boat, with the price coming in at $133,433, according to the list. The auction ends Wednesday at 7 p.m.

While the hull remains in good condition, the ferry is listed as “poor condition” due to mechanical issues.

The John F. Kennedy boat was built in 1965 and operated for five decades.
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The boat is listed as in "bad condition" due to mechanical problems.
The boat is listed as being in “poor condition” due to mechanical issues.
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“This auctioned double-ended, passenger and vehicle ferry is in poor condition and had to be taken out of service due to mechanical issues, the mechanical issues are on the propulsion side,” the listing reads.

It’s being sold in “as is” and “where is” condition — meaning anyone who shells enough clams for the boat should be prepared to pick it up or have it shipped from the St. George Ferry Terminal.

The seats inside the retired ferry.
The seats inside the retired ferry.
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The old ferry snack bar.
The old ferry snack bar.
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DCAS, which handles surplus auctions for the Big Apple, has set up other vessels in the past, including the iconic FDNY lifeboat John D. McKean, which sold to restorers Edward Taylor and Michael Kaphan for $57,400 in 2016.

However, this is the first Staten Island ferry the agency has auctioned off, a spokesperson said. All proceeds will go to the city’s general fund.

The boat is sold "as if" and should be picked up or shipped from the St. George Ferry Terminal.
The boat is being sold “as is” and should be collected or shipped from the St. George Ferry Terminal.
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Outdoor benches on the ferry.
Outdoor benches on the retired ferry.
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DCAS said it could not speak to bidders for a specific auction, but buyers for various boats have previously ranged from collectors to other governments to scrap dealers.

Laura J. Boyer