Above aboard ferry: Producers and a camera crew member from NYC-TV's "Secrets of NY." A Staten Island ferry in its nearby terminal is visible in the background.

The Lt. Coursen ferry ride from Manhattan to the 172-acre island -- about 800 yards -- takes five minutes. For more information, visit Governors Island Preservation & Education Corp. web pages. It manages about 150 acres. The other 22 acres -- historic Castle Williams and Fort Jay -- were designated a national monument in 2001, transferred Jan. 31, 2003 to the Interior Dept. and are managed by the National Park Service.

On ferry en route #3 --

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En route:
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Building 140:
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Castle Wms:
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Prison yard:
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Sprial stairs:
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Tiers, cells:
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From roof:
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Castle cannon:
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Fort moat:
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Fort cannon:
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More fort:
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8 return views:
ferry: Page 67,
terminal: P. 71