New York and Puerto Rico Steamship Company advertisement, 1917

The New York and Puerto Rico steamship company's ships traveled between San Juan, Puerto Rico and Pier 35, Atlantic Basin in Red Hook.

The SS COAMO, SS BRAZOS, and SS CAROLINA were all ships that took vacationers to Puerto Rico, but their lasting effect was from transporting migrating Puerto Ricans to Red Hook Brooklyn, where they established a vibrant community near where the ships docked in Atlantic Basin.

The SS CAROLINA  was sunk during WWI by a German U-boat but the ship was immortalized in song.

Text of Advertisment

New York & Porto Rico S.S. Co.

Weekly Passenger Service to San Juan

COAMO ....... March 31
BRAZOS ...... April 7
CAROLINA.... April 14
COAMO ....... April 21

16-Day All Expense Cruise $94.50 up
Sailings from Pier 35, Brooklyn, near Hamilton Ferry, at noon....


Mar. 27, 1917

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    See also: Puerto Rican Village Lives On, by Angelina Ruiz, in The CUT, October 1, 2021.  (Accessed 2022) Article describes the Nuyorican community that once characterized the Columbia Street waterfront. 

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