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Flotsam & Jetsam: Waterfront luxury in the Big Apple

Where can you get 5,000 square feet of living space in the New York metro area without being a multimillionaire? On a boat, of course. Consider Yankee, a 136-foot ferry built and launched in 1907 by Neafie, Levy & Co. in Philadelphia.

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Originally named Machigonne, the vessel ferried people, cargo and livestock between Portland, Maine, and the Casco Bay Islands. The Navy acquired the steel-hulled ferry in 1917 for service in World War I. Decommissioned in 1921, she was transferred to New York Harbor, where she spent eight years taking immigrants from Ellis Island to the mainland. In 1929 she was sold and subsequently passed through many hands. During World War II she provided ferry service between the Naval Yard in Philadelphia and National Park, New Jersey. In 1947, the ferry was again decommissioned and received her current name, Yankee. She returned to commercial service, carrying vacationers from Providence to Block Island, Rhode Island.

Yankee was retired in 1983. Jim Gallagher bought her in 1990, towed her to Pier 25 in Manhattan and started a restoration. The current owners bought her in 2003. The ferry has 11 cabins that can accommodate 20 people and a lower-level ballroom that can host up to 150. Yankee is listed with Franklin Ruttan Property Specialists for $1.25 million and can be seen at the Henry Street pier in Brooklyn.,

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Cost of a raffle ticket, in dollars, that could win you a 2017 Everglades 243 center console.

Everglades Power Boats and the Fishing For Muscular Dystrophy Foundation have teamed to raffle the boat to increase awareness of the disease and to raise money to support MD research. Tickets will be sold until November and can be purchased at or The winner will be announced Nov. 17.

Castle by the Water: Rondout Creek Leading Light

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The Hudson River has long acted as a commercial highway linking inland New York to the Atlantic. Fourteen lights were built along the river, and seven are still standing. One is on an island at the headwaters of Rondout Creek, a tributary of the Hudson. Rondout Creek Leading Light is the third lighthouse that has marked the area. The original light, built in 1837, was damaged by ice floes and the creek’s tidal currents. Its replacement, built in 1867, was torn down because it was too far inshore to mark the dikes that had been dug to create a channel from the river to Rondout Harbor. The current light was built in 1915.

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“Since large fishes in particular avoid or do not survive in areas with low oxygen content, these changes can have far-reaching biological consequences.”

— Sunke Schmidtko, one of three authors (with Lothar Stramma and Martin Visbeck) of a comprehensive study on global oxygen content in the world’s oceans, recently published in Nature. Their work demonstrates that the ocean’s oxygen content has decreased by more than 2 percent during the last 50 years, which will have dire consequences for marine life.

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Front-Row seats for the Cup

The Moorings has partnered with the America’s Cup to offer charters to watch the racing in Bermuda from crewed Moorings 4800 and 5800 sailing catamarans (captain and gourmet chef included). The Louis Vuitton qualifier races begin May 26, and the top challenger will meet defender Oracle Team USA, beginning June 17, to race for the Cup.

This article originally appeared in the April 2017 issue.