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During the 19th century, ships were also built in Dry Dock 1. The historical list is pretty illustrious, including:
* the Niagara (1867): the ship that laid the first successful transatlantic cable
Dry Dock 1 has a long history, but its job is not done. With continuing maintenance, it will be working for decades more to serve the city...
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S & D: 21st Apr 2009 - 14:02 GMT
WOW.... What a crazy place! Thanks for all the info, too. Truly educational, as well as entertaining.
Kirsten Larson: 21st Apr 2009 - 16:40 GMT
Wow is right. What a weird almost foreboding looking place. I can't believe they still use it to work on boats after so looooong.
St. Seurs: 21st Apr 2009 - 17:01 GMT
Awesome, very cool. I never knew a hole in the ground could have so much history ;-)
Gothicimage: 21st Apr 2009 - 19:40 GMT
That's a mere youngster - the oldest dry dock in Portsmouth Dockyard dates back to 1495! :-)
Linda Wharton: 15th May 2009 - 14:26 GMT
I have a photograph taken at the Brooklyn Navy Yard of my great-grandfather in the early 20th century with a sailing ship at No. 2 Dry Dock TEVO? PEWG? (illegible) Plant. The ship is white and 3 masted. Any ideas?
JWT: 3rd Jul 2009 - 04:05 GMT
My father worked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and told me stories of the dry docks. Thanks for the images to go with the stories.
Bob Morgan: 19th Jul 2009 - 16:34 GMT
I spent most of 1984 on US Navy destoyer that was in dry dock for
Doug Lawson: 19th Oct 2009 - 20:03 GMT
Hi , love your photos, brings back memories of working down a dry dock here in Leith the port of Edinburgh Scotland. Our docks here were smaller maybe handling 20,00 tons but across the forth at the navy yard there is a dry dock that was built to service the dreadnaughts and upwards, they had to build a notch in one end for the mighty Hood 42,000 tons and developing 151,000hp for 32 knots. There is nothing like being down a dry dock beside a big ship out of her element...kinda spooky.
Frank Gunja: 28th Oct 2009 - 18:42 GMT
Great pictures! I was part of the crew that recommisioned the USS Pocono (AGC-16) that sat in mothballs at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Brought back many memories.
william t. bernal: 7th Nov 2009 - 05:51 GMT
This is a great resource,my son and I are building a diarama based on the book "Iron Thunder" seeing
adam: 20th Feb 2010 - 19:58 GMT
It looks like the gate (a.k.a caisson, graving dock door) has a huge bulge in the middle. Is that a camera lense optical illusion or does the gate actually bulge (hopefully it was built that way!!)?
Don Ladd: 5th Mar 2010 - 04:53 GMT
I was at The Navy Yard from 10/64 to 03/65 while my ship U.S.S. Lexington CVS-16 was under major overhaul. I would not trade that experience for the world. It saddens me to know that The Yard has fallen to progress. What an illustrious life it had.
mario perez: 1st May 2010 - 01:06 GMT
excellent article, recently I took at least 100 photos of a graving dock built in the dominican republic on 1950, the main purpose is draw a layout previous to build a model
Ray "Riverboat" Breslin: 10th Jun 2010 - 02:48 GMT
I was at there in M division in 1965 guarding the USS Lexington. What a cold miserable Winter that was there, but I loved every minute of it!
Allan Wallach FORMER BM2 USN 66-72: 29th Jul 2010 - 02:52 GMT
AS A BROOKLYNITE, LOVER OF THE BROOKLYN NAVY YARD,AND IT'S CONTRIBUTION TO THE HIGH SEAS I REALLY ENJOYED THE ARTICLE AND IT REMINDS ME OF THE "BEAN TOWN " YARD.
Captain Haddock: 29th Jul 2010 - 10:10 GMT
DICK RAMSEY: 5th Aug 2010 - 18:29 GMT
1942,I WORKED ON THE USS IOWA,SAW IT LAUNCHED,THE WATER CAME UP TO OUR KNEES WENT IT WAS LAUNCHED,MU GREAT GRAND FATHER WAS A BOILER MAKER AND HELPED BUILD THE MONITOR,IWAS WORKING ON THE USS MISSOURI STOOD ON THE KEEL A WEEK BEFOR I JOINED THE NAVY 1943,I SERVED ON BOARD THE USS NEVADA BB36 FOR 3 YEARS....MY JOB AT THE NAVY YARD WAS A PIPEFITTERS HELPER,I REMEMBER AT HE HAMERHEAD CRANE ,WHILE THE WERE LOWERING ONE OF THE 16" GUNS ON THE IOWA THE CABLE SNAPPED AND THE GUN HIT THE TURRET,NOW ONE WAS INJURED.. IT WAS STRANGE THAT MY FAMILY WAS CONNECTED TO THE BUILDING OF THE FIRST AND LAST OF THE BATTLESHIP THE BB36 AND THE BB63 XXX
Marsha Heitman: 7th Aug 2010 - 17:38 GMT
My dad helped weld the 16" guns on the Missouri and when it was in Long Beach before heading out to Pearl Harbor he was able to go aboard and see her for one last time. His name was Ray Perry and he wanted to serve but was told his welding skills were needed more.Apparently they were right. Awesome ship. Can't wait to see her when we go to Hawaii.
Frank J. Trezza: 16th Oct 2010 - 21:10 GMT
I worked in the once great yard when Seatrain Shipbuilding built VLCC's,
Peter Gianesini: 29th Oct 2010 - 03:08 GMT
My father worked at the yard during WWII. It was hard to fathom the huge compliment of workers employed there. He related to me the repairs that were done to the light cruiser Marblehead, which took a terrific pounding by the Japs in the Dutch East Indies. It took many casualties, and limped half way around the world to have repairs done in Brooklyn.
Alex Wilkinson 03 Nov 2010: 4th Nov 2010 - 00:08 GMT
Thank you for all the pics and info. My husband's grandfather was a boiler maker at the Yard. He sailed the world twice - once under sail and once under steam. He worked on building the Maine boilers. He was serving on the Admiral's flagship at the battle of Manilla in Havana Harbor just after the Maine blew and earned several Sapnish American War Medals.
tonnaey lightfoot: 21st Dec 2010 - 11:19 GMT
greetings dose anyone remmember that very special welder-TONNAEY LIGHTFOOT who was there in yhe brooklyn navy yard dry dock in the mid 80s?
Frank J. Trezza: 28th Dec 2010 - 20:16 GMT
A little history on Coastal Dry Dock & Repair Corp. Brooklyn Navy Yard &
christopher sinni: 11th May 2011 - 05:02 GMT
looking for pictures of grandfather that woorked at broklen nave shipyard in the 1950s
ChrisR: 10th Jun 2011 - 07:19 GMT
My grandfather worked at Brooklyn Navy Yard back in the '30s, '40s & '50s, and retired from that job in the late '50s. He was some kind of administrative supervisor in an engineering department.
I now live on Mare Island, the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard in northern California about 25 miles north of San Francisco.
How are things going with the redevelopment of Brooklyn Navy Yard?
tonnaey lightfoot: 12th Jul 2011 - 14:14 GMT
hi everyone does any one rember juliia mirel welder in the 80s
Carmen Alejandro: 14th Aug 2011 - 04:31 GMT
Wow i remember this shipyard so well brought back so many memories. I worked for lou montana i was his secretary for a couple of years ,, I also worked for lou dad. I left the brooklyn navy yard some where around 1980 I didnt realize how much history was here at the navy yard ....
Rich McKeever: 24th Jan 2012 - 03:44 GMT
I took my Naval reserve training here on the USS Massey DD-778 back in 69 or 70. We were docked in the yard for a period of time. Also used to live on Long Island not too far from there. Brings back a lot of memories. The Massey was a WWII Sumner class, funny because I spent my career and retired from The Los Alamos National Lab where the bombs that ended that war were designed and built, before my time though. Small world I guess.
Franny Wentzel: 4th Feb 2012 - 20:12 GMT
That $2 Million 1851 price tag would set you back neary $52 million today
jason johnson: 21st Feb 2012 - 16:28 GMT
outstanding pictures, we will always remember, Sydney harbour has suffered the same fate.
Eddie Lachoy: 30th May 2012 - 20:22 GMT
Great pics- I worked in Seatrain on the Williamsburg and the Brooklyn- my first job. I'm glad I made it out of there whole!
surendra yadav: 8th Jun 2012 - 07:35 GMT
sear sir i like in dry docks working i want to caming in canada pl give me chans
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firstname.lastname@example.org: 22nd Sep 2014 - 04:19 GMT
HELLO YOU ALL DANIEL BETANCOURT, I WORKED AT THE SEA-TRAIN AND SHIP BUILDING AND THE COASTAL DRY DOCK AND SHIP REPAIR FROM 1979 TO 1985, ON THE WILLIAMSBURG AND BAYBRIDGE OIL TANKERS AND THE BIG BARGE WITH THE NOTCH THEN THE TUG WOULD NOT FIT IN THE NOTCH AT SEA-TRAIN, THEN WORKED ON THE MOINISTER USS FF, SURABACHI AND MANY OTHER USSN VESSELS, THIS GAVE ME GREAT EXPERIENCE IN INDUSTRIAL REPAIRS, AND THE MANY ON SHIP SYSTEMS, WORK IN PIPE SHOP, WHO REMEMBERS THE PIPE SHOP PIRATES SOFTBALL TEAM
Tonnaey lightfoot: 7th Feb 2015 - 22:06 GMT
Hi does anyone from the early 80s remember me. If so please get back to me I love to hear from you, thank yiu
Debi Boehner (email@example.com): 6th Oct 2015 - 04:38 GMT
I worked with my Dad: John Henry Boehner,Pipe Shop Supt at Coastal Dry Dock & Repair from 1979 till 1985. He was also the V.P in the later years. He was a good man! RIP 8/2014 (miss you so much! xo) He originally came from General Dynamics at Quincy Ship Yard in Massachusetts. I loved working with my Dad, in his office, and with everyone in the Pipe Shop and at Coastal Dry Dock. Dad was a very well respected friend also of Charlie Montanti. I lost a blue print that I had of the shipyard, but I will have to look for the photos. I will post them if I come across them. I miss Herbie Bell too, I recognize some of your names posted above.
Jimmy Magee: 28th Oct 2015 - 14:11 GMT
Hi. Debi. I was a pipe fitter .My brothers Danny and Timmy were also fitters.we all knew your dad and liked him very much.Sorry for your loss.Coastal was a great place to work with great supervisors from Boston.I remember you had a DeLorean and it got some damage from being sandblasted. Nice to hear from you.Good luck.Jimmy Magee. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Franny Wentzel: 28th Oct 2015 - 14:25 GMT
That $2 million price tag would equal $56 million in today's money...
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