Earlier this year the National Park Service ended Circle Line's contract to run their ferry service between lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island (Hornblower will take over in October). Below you can check out some old footage of what their 3-hour boat tour had in store back in the day (with old-timey commercials played over the footage).
Circle Line was introduced to New York on June 15th, 1945 when Frank Barry, Joe Moran and others merged several sightseeing boats to form the one. It operated out of Battery Park until 1955 when it began operating at its current Pier 83 location (which is shown in the video). In the future they hope to go solar-powered.