The Staten Island Ferry Disaster Story. . .
It was close to 4am on the quiet morning of November 22, 1963 when the Steam Ferry Cornelius G. Kolff vanished without a trace. On its way with nearly 400 hundred people, mostly on their way to work, the disappearance of the Cornelius G. Kolff remains both one of New York’s most horrific maritime tragedies and perhaps its most intriguing mystery. Eye witness accounts describe “large tentacles” which “pulled” the ferry beneath the surface only a short distance from its destination at Whitehall Terminal in Lower Manhattan. Nobody on board survived and only small pieces of wreckage have been found…strangely with large “suction cup-shaped” marks on them. The only logical conclusion scientists and officials could point to was that the boat had been attacked by a massive octopus, roughly half the size of the ship. Adding to the tragedy, is that this disaster went almost completely unnoticed by the public as later that day another, more “newsworthy” tragedy would befall the nation when beloved President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated. The Staten Island Ferry Disaster Museum hopes to correct this oversight by preserving the memory of those lost in this tragedy and educating the public about the truth behind the only known giant octopus-ferry attack in the tri-state area.
Staten Island Ferry Disaster Memorial Museum - Dedicated in loving memory
to the passengers and crew of the Cornelius G. Kolff, who lost their
lives on November 22, 1963, in one of the most mysterious and tragic
maritime disasters in American history. Erected by the Staten Island
Memorial Foundation and Chemical Bank.
The Staten Island Ferry Disaster Monument will be on display at Hypno-Tronic Comics located at 156 Stuyvesant Place in Staten Island, NY from now through the Holidays. Limited Gift Shop Items will be available at the store.
Its just a 2 minute walk from the Ferry Terminal. Please come visit.