The Island Ferry Boats

When General Electric operated Association Island, they maintained an entire fleet of boats. It was necessary, as there was no road access in those days so everything and everyone needed to be transported across the bay from Henderson Harbor. Pictured here are the two largest ferry boats of the fleet, the Islander II and the Claverack II, docked in the boat lagoon between the Island House and Conference Center.

For more on the rich history of the island, including a detailed accounting of the GE fleet of boats, read Association Island, by Tim Lake, available at as well as the Island House store.  

Monte Smith
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I was in the first group of YMCA campers in 193 when GE donated half the Island for use to the Syracuse, NY YMCA for older campers, age 14-16. Their other camp for younger campers was Camp Tousey in Redwood, NY.
We, the campers, had to open up & clean our cabins since they hadn’t been used in a long time.
Facilites were shared jointly by GE & the YMCA. I remember GE people in the dining room.
I was also there in 1964 & 65. I don’t think the YMCA had more than 100 campers there in the 3 years I attended.
I have some pictures from 1964 when my parents came to visit me.

I took a Boating Safety Course there & learned to pilot several vessels in their fleet including the ones shown in the picture. I still have my certificate.

John Shim
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Thanks for sharing!


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