It’s hard to imagine how a ferry with only two boats could survive Hurricane Sandy.
But that’s what happened in Brooklyn, and it happened because of the fire island ferries that serve the city’s waterfront.
The fire island, also known as a “carpet boat,” was built in the 1960s to accommodate boats like the Brooklyn Cyclist.
It was designed to be lighter than a normal boat, and the boats were fitted with “bunker” cabins, so that they could easily be moved from one dock to another.
The first fire island was put up on the waterfront in 1977.
The first ferry was put into service in 1991.
A second fire island started in 1998.
But in 2005, Sandy hit and the first ferry sank, according to the New York Times.
So the second fire boat was scrapped and sent to the Staten Island Ferry, where it remained until 2017, when it was towed to the Brooklyn Marine Terminal and was put on display.
The second fireboat was brought to Staten Island in 2018.
It’s been on display since then.