Brooklyn History Photo of the Week – Dry Dock 1

Dry Dock 1, 1928, v1973.5.875; Photography Collection; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Dry Dock 1, 1928, v1973.5.875; Photography Collection; Brooklyn Historical Society.

This photograph features a dry dock that was part of Todd Shipyards in Red Hook. This image was taken to document the reopening of the dock, which had been expanded to a length of 730 feet and a total capacity of more than 15,000,000 gallons of water. According to notes on the verso of the photograph, the dock was the largest privately-owned dry dock on the Atlantic Seaboard, and allowed Todd Shipyards β€œto dry dock 175,000 tons of shipping in one day – a capacity not exceeded by any other shipyard in the world.”

In 2004, a plan was approved for Ikea to tear down the shipyard, including this dock, to accommodate its Red Hook store and parking lot. Despite efforts from preservation groups, the dock was demolished in 2006. More information about this dock can be found at the Save Industrial Brooklyn website.

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I'm the Photographic Collection Assistant at BHS.
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2 Responses to Brooklyn History Photo of the Week – Dry Dock 1

  1. Maureen McGrath says:

    Thanks for sharing this site.
    Maureen

  2. Maureen McGrath says:

    Hello,

    My grandfather, Dan MacDonald was a superintendent at Todd’s shipyard in Brooklyn probably from the early 1900’s. Do you know of a way I can find out more information? The family lived on 4th Street in Park Slope.
    Thank you so much.
    Maureen McGrath

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