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Behind the Music: The U.S. Navy Yard Band

Meredith Wisner 5 years, 9 months ago
The U. S. Navy Yard Band.  The Shipworker - May 15, 1942 The U. S. Navy Yard Band. The Shipworker - May 15, 1942

After the BLDG 92 ribbon cutting Lt. Scott A. Mythen of the Navy Band Northeast offered up a doozy of a reference question. As the story goes one of the progenitors of the Navy Band Northeast--which is fantastic for the record--was a band that played here at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.  His question was fairly straightforward: could we tell him where this band was located on the Yard?  Surely our collection could turn up an answer to this seemingly simple question.

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Yard Guardian: The 350-ton Hammerhead Crane

Meredith Wisner 5 years, 9 months ago
The 350-ton hammerhead crane The 350-ton hammerhead crane

Arguably one of the most iconic symbols of the Brooklyn Navy Yard is the 350-ton hammerhead crane, which loomed mightily over Pier G from 1939 - 1965. The American Bridge Company won a contract to build two cantilever-style cranes--one at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and one in Norfolk Virginia--by returning a comparitively low bid of 1.9 million dollars. Once built these two cranes proved to be the strongest of their day, capable of carrying over 350 tons from their horizontal jib with an additional 15 tons of lifting capacity from the auxiliary crane mounted on top.

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Extra! Extra! The BNY Blog is Launched!

Meredith Wisner 5 years, 9 months ago
The Shipworker, inaugural issue, October 21, 1941 The Shipworker, inaugural issue, October 21, 1941

On November 21st, 1941 the Brooklyn Navy Yard began publishing The Navy Yard Shipworker, a weekly newspaper with the humble goal of inspiring a sense of community among the Yard’s workers and their families. Continuing until 1966, The Shipworker covered the highs and lows of daily life at the Yard.  In her pages one could find articles as simple as the impact of a new lunch counter on morale, and as dramatic as the fatal USS Constellation fire that killed 49. 

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