World War I concrete river steamers

World War I concrete river steamers
Photographic print of four concrete river steamers docked at the Newport Shipping Corporation shipyard in New Bern, N.C. The two front ships are clearly visible as are workers on one of the ships, and a bridge and smokestacks in background. Handwritten note on verso : "Newport Ship Building Co." along with a list of names and the date "Feb. 1919."
February 1919
Original Format
24cm x 19cm
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Location of Original
East Carolina Manuscript Collection
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Earl Baim Apr 24 2017

one of these ships became the US Coast Guard cutter Argus during the 1920s. Later, that same ship was aquired by the Sagamore Yacht Club in Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York as a club house. In the late 1930s it was aquired by the Freeport Yacht Club, in Freeport, Long Island, NY, where it was permanently moored in sand on the property. It fell apart in the 1950s and was partially demolished and partially buried in place on the property. There are some good articles and photos on line in Motor Boating Magazine that can be found by Googling Freeport Yacht Club Concrete Ship. Earl Baim, member Freeport Yacht Club

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