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.  


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