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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Ship-Shapers: 1905

Ship-Shapers: 1905

South Chicago circa 1905. "Steamer William E. Corey, interior of hold." An inside look at the bulk freighter seen earlier here. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

The William E. Corey

... "I may not be functioning now but at least in my latter years I do perform a viable function in life very well."

I hope I do as well as the Steamer William E. Corey when I am 108.


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Good workmanship

Considering the steamer spent many decades in service, and even today functions as a breakwater, I'd say these workmen did a terrific job.

Fess Up!

Who else read the ship's name as "Wile E. Coyote?"

Ridgetown

Now a breakwall at Port Credit, Ontario, after an interesting career.

 
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