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In 2004, the authors discovered a machine almost hidden in the underbrush behind one of the Maola Dairy buildings in New Bern. The machine had gears that were huge and unfamiliar in today's machinery profiles. The authors describe the work that went into documenting the machine, which stands a few feet from the Neuse River. Results determined that it is an historic relic connected to New Bern's maritime legacy. Possible display sites for the machine are listed, and a drawing shows how it would look on display.
New Bern was the nexus of industry for 1940s Craven County fueled by war time naval shipbuilding contracts. Barbour Boat Works ceased manufacturing small recreational craft and focused on shipbuilding for the Navy. Military demands aided other manufacturers like the Cohen, Goldman and Company of New York which opened a textile plant in New Bern to fulfill uniform orders for the Army and Navy. Outside of New Bern city limits, Craven County nurtured one of the largest agricultural areas in the region.