New York City has long welcomed floating hospitals to its waters.
If you didn’t know, The Floating Hospital was founded in New York in 1866.
NYC’s first floating hospital was the Emma Abbot, launched in the 1870s. Before the Emma, The Floating Hospital cared for families living in the city’s tenements from a series of chartered sea vessels. The Emma was their first dedicated floating healthcare clinic.
Over the years, five Floating Hospitals served NYC’s poorest families, regardless of financial, immigration, or insurance status. From the beginning, just a year after the Civil War ended, our mission was to serve everyone: every class, every race, every heart, every body.
The Floating Hospital today
While changing city government moored the last ship shortly after the September 11th attacks, The Floating Hospital still sails on as land-based community clinics, primarily serving the city’s homeless families as well as those living at or below the poverty line.
As can be seen, hope has always sailed in New York City.
You can see lots more images, and learn more about our history on our Tumblr.
Since 1866, The Floating Hospital is the largest provider of healthcare to homeless families. We provide free and secure transport to and from over 300 shelters and domestic violence safe houses throughout New York City.
The Floating Hospital operates a main clinic in Long Island City. Additionally, we have satellite clinics at shelters, public housing, and assessment centers throughout the city.