I read the sign and decided to

wait until the greeters had left and then

bought a round trip ticket at Pier 11 for less than what I’d pay for a bagel and coffee

and got on the next ride to the Rockaways.  If you want to know specs and dimensions and such right now, click here.   Or wait, and guess who built the power plant and what the passenger capacity is, and I’ll tell you some of that at the end.

After a stop at the Brooklyn Army Terminal, we zoomed out towards the VZ at 25 knots, past Coney Island,

through the goalposts at Marine Parkway, and

to the new Rockaway dock,

where shuttles gathered or distributed potential passengers.

Then it was back to Pier 11 in the

pea soup thick


So the power plant is Baudoin Marine.  Passenger capacity is 150.  The captain requires a 100-ton license.   Here’s the NYTimes story.

All photos by Will Van Dorp, who’s headed for the confluence of the Saluda, Congaree, and Broad soon.