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Brooklyn Bridge: 1905

Brooklyn Bridge: 1905

New York circa 1905. "Brooklyn Bridge over East River." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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High tide

There appears to be a high water mark on the sides of this building.


The Chester W. Chapin was a passenger and freight steamer that ran aground up in Providence in 1901.


What an immaculate-looking ship is the "Chester W. Chapin!" Quick, let's invent the term "shipshape."


What a beautiful, elegant looking boat!

Boat Ride

It looks like it could be a very pleasant boat ride up the Sound to New Haven or Bridgeport.

Chester W, Chapin

This steamer was named for Chester W. Chapin (December 16, 1798 – June 10, 1883), U.S. Representative from Massachusetts (March 4, 1875-March 3, 1877). The ship was of the twin-screw type, 312 feet in length, 64 feet wide, with a tonnage of 1,882. It was built by the Maryland Steel Company of Sparrow's Point, Maryland, for the New Haven Steamboat Company in 1899.


The piles of ballast stones near the bottom of the photo, as well as the railcar float to the left of Pier 20.

Roll Out The Barrell(s)

Nice photo. The "Chester W. Chapin" looks like a nice craft to take a ride up L. I. Sound on. It's rare to see a staved barrell these days. There sure are a lot piled up there on the dock.

[Evidently they were full of L's. - Dave]

Fab Photo!

What a great photo! I love to visit New York, and every time I do, I go to Brooklyn and I walk across the Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan. I am always amazed at t his amazing structure and this is a wonderful photo!


I can almost smell it, man. Nice job once again.

Nice Looking Bridge

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