The jolly ferryman (name unknown) was the father of Hassan. The ferryman was a jolly fellow.
The ferryman's family had run the ferry for generations, each father passing on to his son the secret of the tricky navigation. His father had passed on the family's secret to him, and he passed it onto his son.
The ferryman patient even with the youngest of his passengers. His young son helped manage the vessel and helped keep her shipshape.
Years later, Hassan took over the family business becoming the new ferryman.