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MV John F. Kennedy

Updated: 2017-05-04T02:27Z
MV John F Kennedy November 2015.jpg
Kennedy approaching Manhattan in November 2015.
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Name:MV John F. Kennedy
Namesake:John F. Kennedy
Owner:City of New York
Operator:Staten Island Ferry/City of New York
Builder:Levingston Shipbuilding Company[1]
Yard number:647
Status:In service
General characteristics
Class and type:Kennedy-class passenger ferry
Length:277 ft (84 m)[1]
Beam:69 ft (21 m)[1]
Draft:19 ft 1 in (5.82 m)[2]
Installed power:6,500 horsepower[1]
Propulsion:4 GM-EMD 567C16 diesel engines[1]
Speed:11.4 knots (21.1 km/h) (average)[3]
Capacity:3,500 passengers, 40 cars[1]

The MV John F. Kennedy is the last remaining active Kennedy-class ferry operating for the Staten Island Ferry, carrying passengers between Whitehall Terminal in Manhattan and St. George Terminal in Staten Island. Built by Levingston Shipbuilding Company in 1965, it celebrated its 50th birthday in 2015.


The John F. Kennedy was named for the 35th President of the United States. It entered service in 1965 alongside its two sister ships, the MV American Legion and the MV The Gov. Herbert H. Lehman.

While the American Legion was retired in 2006 as the newer Molinari-class ferries entered service, and the Lehman was decommissioned the following year,[1] the Kennedy has remained in service as a favorite of both passengers and ferry operators. Captains consider it to be the most reliable vessel in the fleet,[4] and riders prefer its abundant open-air deck space.[5]

The Kennedy is currently planned to be retired in 2020, along with the two Barberi-class ferries. These three vessels will be replaced by a new trio of ferries, collectively known as the Ollis-class.[6] The design of this new class will be heavily influenced by the Kennedy, featuring its distinctive outdoor promenades and extended foredecks.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Staten Island Ferry Current Ferries". The Staten Island Ferry. Retrieved 5 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Coast Guard Vessel Documentation". NOAA. Retrieved 5 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "JOHN F KENNEDY". FleetMon. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
  4. ^ "SI Ferry captain warns: the ships are ticking time bombs". New York Post. 6 April 2014. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "Next generation of ferries to be modeled after popular Kennedy class boats". 25 July 2015. Retrieved 5 April 2017. 
  6. ^ "Eastern low bidder for Staten Island Ferry contract". Marine Log. November 3, 2016. Retrieved 5 April 2017. 
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