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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

South Street Piers: 1908

South Street Piers: 1908

New York circa 1908. "Piers along South Street." Detailed panorama made of three 8x10 glass negatives. Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Sinks in a couple of years

I'm not terribly happy about the penultimate letter in the name of the barque in the middle distance, but I'm relatively certain she's the four masted barque "Buteshire' (named after a now non-existent county in Scotland). Here's the best I could do in blowing up the name and a picture of her sinking in 1911:

Grain Elevators

If I had to guess, I'd say those semi-pyramid things on the far right skyline are grain elevators.

OK, What are

those semi-pyramid things on the far right skyline??

BMW

Ishadoff, that is the Manhattan Bridge, it opened in 1909, but construction continued until 1912.

Manhattan Bridge

Is that the Manhattan bridge under construction behind the Brooklyn Bridge?

Ship name

If I read the ship's name on that clipper (with the fake gunports) she's the Wavertree...

[Doesn't look like it. - tterrace]

Heroic Manna Hata

From: history.navy.mil

Manna Hata

A former name retained.

(SP‑3396: dp. 2,000; l. 220'; b. 32'; dr. 14'; s. 14 k.; cpl. 117; a. 1 3")

Manna Hata, a steam freighter built in 1900 by Harlan & Hollingsworth, Wilmington, Del., and operated along the Atlantic coast between Baltimore and New York, was commandeered by the Navy from the New York & Baltimore Transportation Co., 7 September 1918; converted to a salvage ship and commissioned 22 March 1919, Lt. Harry Huxford in command.

Manna Hata was ordered to proceed to Brest, France, 2 April 1919. She joined the First Salvage Division in supporting U.S. Naval Forces operating in European waters and tended the many ships used by occupation forces and other American military activities in Europe. In August she joined the force clearing the North Sea of the vast minefields laid during the war in an operation almost as intricate and dangerous as the original laying had been. Manna Hata ferried sweeping equipment and supplies from Brest and Liverpool to Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, where the minesweeping operations were based.

Manna Hata decommissioned at Brest 25 October 1919 and was sold at auction in London 3 November to Maritime Salvos, Ltd., of London. She subsequently served commercially as Relient.

 
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