There's nothing more satisfying than a rusting piece of our history being pulled from its watery grave. Earlier this year we saw this old bell be dredged up in Coney Island, and now Lady Liberty's Twitter alerts us that the old sunken Ellis Island Ferry has been pulled from the water. They say, "The old ferry, Ellis Island, which carried millions of approved immigrants to Manhattan" has remained sunken at her slip for decades. They note "It is being removed to allow restoration work on the seawall, and improved boat access to the slip."


Lost Mag
has the history of the ferry and its demise, noting it sunk years after the immigration station closed in 1954. They also opine that "a trip to Ellis Island would be enhanced if visitors could stand aboard the same ferry on which their ancestors left knowing they'd soon become citizens." Alas, it doesn't look like this ferry will be restored.