Above: The ferry name -- Lt. Samuel S. Coursen.

He was a 24-year-old 1st Lieutenant,in Co. C, 5th Cavalry Regiment, who on Oct. 12, 1950, near Kaesong, Korea, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry above and beyond the call of duty.

The Medal of Honor was awarded to him posthumously August 2, 1951. The ferry that bears his name was built in 1955. With gross weight of 869 tons and a length of 172.5 feet, it was one of four Coast Guard ferries that serviced the island during that agency's tenure there from 1966 to 1995. Now owned by the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation, it still services the island.

On ferry en route #1 --

4th of 74 views in NYCHS Governors Island prison history virtual tour.

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