Remembering The Past: Elizabeth’s Recreation Pier

by Diane Norek Harrison

Memories from a reader named Bill: “I happened upon your brief memories from William Frolich about Elizabeth’s Recreation Pier. I remember it from the early 1950s when my Dad took me fishing on the ‘Buddy’, a party boat owned and run by Capt. Fred Mullens (sp?).

“There also were 2 other fishing boats moored on the side of the pier, the Rose S. and (I believe) the Rose S. II. I also remember that there was a ferry slip on the right side of Recreation Pier facing the Kill which alternately moored the ‘Irvington’ and (again, not sure of name) the ‘Maplewood.’ They were low, flat car carrier ferries. Probably could hold only about 6 or 8 cars.


“The Buddy left Recreation Pier at 7 a.m. and cruised the Arthur Kill around Staten Island, past the area where the Verrazano Bridge would be built and past Sandy Hook and Sea Bright. I remember seeing the Scotland light ship on several trips. We caught mostly sea bass, porgies and blackfish. The trip out to the fishing grounds and later going back was especially interesting to me as there were lots of piers and ships to see along the way.

“I remember going past The Singer Sewing Machine pier and building which was a major employer at that time. I have searched for pics of the pier and ferries with no success.”

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