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Of course, there is Tilly, seen afloat here just a few weeks before she was allowed to sink near Key West.
And then there was sub chaser PC-1264–two dozen projects BEFORE Tilly, sold for scrap but never scrapped.
Close up of 1264 starboard at low tide.
A view of her port side . . . three years ago. But if you go decades farther back in products of the Bronx, there is
Here’s a Bronx product of Lyon-Tuttle shipyard, previously Kyle & Purdy.
And here’s another . . .
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who snapped the last three photos above at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton NY, a must-see for anyone interested in recreational boats.
And although this is a bit late, I’ll be at the midtown main branch of the New york Public Library this evening with Gary Kane to show and discuss our documentary . . . Graves of Arthur Kill.
Porthole v. portlight difference? See if this helps. Know this location?
Below is the ruins of PC-1264, one of two World War 2-era subchasers disintegrating in a scrapyard in Staten Island. Learn more about it in our documentary Graves of Arthur Kill. Here are some stills I took while we were filming.
ATR-89 –built 1944– is also in the documentary.
This vessel dates from 1950 and has been restored to not only working but also
These fotos will serve as teasers until
I get that post together about the tour vessel concierge Nan gave me.
Here’s a post I did a year and a half ago about a tugboat still working on the Hudson that lost its forward portlights. The second foto above (yes, that’s me) was taken by Marie Lorenz. All others by Will Van Dorp.
Over 22 million . . . the number of living US veterans. I salute you.
Staten Island, less than 15 miles from the old Consolidated Shipbuilding Company in the Bronx. Today I’ve been reading Black Company: The Story of Subchaser 1264, published in 1972 by her first commanding officer, Eric S. Purdon, later Commander. Click here to read Purdon’s obituary.
A former crewman on PC-1264 was Samuel L. Gravely, Jr. , later Vice Admiral Gravely.
The top foto comes from Purdon’s book and is used without permission.