Story Of a Giant Octopus Took Down the Staten Island Ferry

Staten Island Ferry

The university of Salford, filmmaker Verena Straub created a brilliant animation that tells the first-hand story of the horrific Staten Island Ferry Disaster, a terrifying occurrence in which a large octopus stretch up its tentacles and pulled the Cornelius G. Kolff ferry with all its riders down into a watery grave on November 22, 1963.

This happened on the same day that President John F. Kennedy was killed, this horrifying occurrence didn’t get the recognition it deserved.

The story is actually part of an elaborate prank by Staten Island resident Joe Reginella of Toxic Teddies, who built a mysterious memorial to the memory of the poor ferrying souls lost that day.

This is an animation which I created as part of my semester abroad at the University of Salford. Thanks for the inspiration Joe Reginella!

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