I’ve never “reflagged,” but this seems like a precedent breaker. Wish I could have been there.

Originally posted on Bowsprite:

J. Cowhey & Sons hardware was a chandlery in Red Hook. Three containers of their old marine and rigging equipment will be on sale today, Sunday, at Atlantic Basin in Red Hook, Brooklyn.


The metal tools and equipment were in time capsules freshly opened. Foundries from towns I have never heard of made beautiful pieces. Some of the factories are gone, and some of the jobs these tools were used for are no more.

Steel Products Corporation, South Windham, ME:


The Caldwell Company, Rockford, IL: the Adjust-A-Leg Equalizing Sling


Boston & Lockport Block Company, Boston, NY  (I didn’t know there was a Boston, NY; did you?)



New England Butt Company, Providence, RI: a line counter that still works, clicking away as it measured 50 feet of beautiful old manila rope that a shopper, Ben P and I fed through it.


“What’s that called?”

“A Headache Ball.” ouch.  It reads: “Swiveler, SWL 3 TONS, WGT 35 LBS, Model SAS5”

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