• Short Summary

    One of eleven shipyards in the country dedicating to serving the United States Fleet, the 160-year old New York Naval Shipyard at Brooklyn, employs a staff of about 14,500 to undertake a continual programme of repairing, overhauling, and converting vessels of the US Navy.

  • Description

    One of eleven shipyards in the country dedicating to serving the United States Fleet, the 160-year old New York Naval Shipyard at Brooklyn, employs a staff of about 14,500 to undertake a continual programme of repairing, overhauling, and converting vessels of the US Navy.

    On Feb 23, 1801, for the sum of forty thousand dollars, the US Government purchased a crescent-shaped piece of land approximately 42 acres, around muddy wallabout Bay at Brooklyn. It was originally a privately operated shipyard, and consisted of a few ramshackle buildings used to house the wooden sailing vessels during construction, a sluggish pond called the "Timber Pond" in which the sturdy oak beams and planking were aged and seasoned, and a swampy island on which a make-shift pier had been built.

    Today, the shipyard proper covers 291 acres and includes 6 drydocks, 9 piers, 23,278 linear feet of crane tracks, 2 building ways, and 270 major buildings comprising over 6,000,000 square feet of floor space. There are 18 miles of paved roads, 37,000 linear feet of paved sidewalks, 24 miles of railroad tracks and 16,945 feet of berthing space.

    Many fine ships have been constructed at the yard, among them the aircraft carriers "Independence" and "Constellation", the latter is back in the yard under-going extensive repairs after the disastrous fire recently.

    The word "Service to the Fleet" inscribed on the massive Hammerhead Crane, which can be seen from the bridges that span the East River, have come to life through the years.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADAM25KJ8DU5Q8WAPV0BQVFKRU
    Media URN:
    VLVADAM25KJ8DU5Q8WAPV0BQVFKRU
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/03/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:08:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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