Yankee, the last remaining Ellis Island boat, set to be not-for-profit landmark in Red Hook

The last remaining Ellis Island ferryboat, built in 1907, has sailed its way to Red Hook and is there to stay.

The last remaining Ellis Island ferryboat, built in 1907, has sailed its way to Red Hook and is there to stay. (7/24/13)

RED HOOK - The last remaining Ellis Island ferryboat, built in 1907, has sailed its way to Red Hook and is there to stay.

About 12 years ago, Victoria and Richard Mackenzie-Childs bought Yankee, the historic boat. Since then, they and their boat crew have been living on the ferryboat and refurbishing it. After leaving their Hoboken home on the Hudson, the Mackenzie-Childs say Red Hook is the perfect new home and that they plan on staying.

Yankee has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The owners say they are in the process of turning the boat into a not-for-profit landmark. The Mackenzie-Childs want to create a board room for business meetings and turn the cargo deck into a museum.  

For more on the SS Yankee, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612. 

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