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NYC Rail yard Pier K Weehawken
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« on: Oct 1st, 2007, 7:44pm »
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The North end of the New York Central West Shore rail yard was the scene in 1961 of freighters docking at Pier K.

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« Reply #1 on: Oct 3rd, 2007, 8:49am »
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Hey waterlevel…Thanks for the picture of Pier K! During the middle 50s my dad would take me up along the Palisades. There were a number of little parks that offered excellent views of the various rail yards below. The frenetic water traffic was interesting as well. Those fences with the spear shaped points were very typical. Your photo brought back a lot of memories…Tom

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« Reply #2 on: Oct 3rd, 2007, 9:35am »
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Guys -
 
Without my Port Series maps in front of me, I can't be sure of Pier K's location in realtion to the "Bananna House", but are those ships from the "Great White Fleet", or are they too small?
 
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« Reply #3 on: Oct 3rd, 2007, 10:07am »
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Based on the stack markings, they appear to be Banana Boats...Tom

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« Reply #4 on: Oct 4th, 2007, 6:56pm »
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I am not sure about the stack markings but since the ships were painted white I would believe they were banana ships.  They were painted white to reflect the heat of the sun from the tropics.  
 
One memory that I have is that my father told us that monkey had gotten loose and took up residence in the New York Central Station rafters.  They tried everything to capture it but it was too smart.  The other things that came with the bananas were large spiders. It must have been interesting unloading the cargo from the tropics.


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Hey waterlevel…I should have provided the link that had the identification of the stack markings…Tom
 
http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/lines/ufruit.htm


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on Oct 3rd, 2007, 9:35am, FFW-1 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
...but are those ships from the "Great White Fleet", or are they too small?  

FFW-1 -
 
Ah! The bad, old days, and just about the time Malcolm McLean, and his what became Sea Land Service, with its early use of converted  
T-2 tanker, Ideal-X....
 
Yep! They were small when compared to present enormous container ships, automobile carriers, and tankers! Ships seen are comparable  
in size to the vessel that banged the bridge, seriously damaging C N J operations, and so, "...the rest of the story..." ensued...
 
...........................Vern................


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