Boat Rides

by Jack Keegan


Does anyone remember the boat rides that took off from the dock at the end of Brill Street? On certain Saturdays during the summer, excursion steamers would pull up to that dock.

Mother would lead her brood along the dock, up the gangplank to board the vessel. Few if any Fathers went on these rides, as in those days we had no forty hour week, they were all working. When the boarding began a band would start to play the well known songs of the day. Music continued throughout the voyage.

We sailed down the river into Newark Bay, then thru the Kill Van Kull to the upper bay. We then transited the narrows to the lower Hudson Bay. Then a landing was made at either Coney Island or Rockaway Beach. We spent all day on the beach or riding the many amusement park attractions. At the end of the day we all returned to the boat. Sailing on a reverse course to that dock at the foot of Brill Street.

All left the boat tired, but very grateful to the people that sponsored the ride. I'm not really sure what political party was responsible, Democrat or Republican, politics was not very important at that stage in our lives. We all enjoyed the outings regardless of political affiliation.


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