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Downtown Skyport (right) is at the foot of Wall Street between Pier 11 and Pier 12. Long Island residents commuting to Wall Street would arrive by seaplane. Others would take speedboats into the City.

The skyline features 70 Pine, 40 Wall and 20 Exchange.

On the left is a tugboat. The first tugboat in NYC was activated in 1828. 700 steam tugs operated in the harbor in 1929. McAllister (est.1864) and Moran (est 1860) have been the major tug players. Moran tugs and barges transported soil from the subway system being built.

Cornelius Vanderbilt also had tugs. 600,000 rail cars had to be moved on barges by tugs yearly.

Large ships like the RMS Queen Mary needed many tugs. There have been up to 1,800 docks, piers, and wharves and 39 shipyards in the City. 200 could dock 425 ocean vessels simultaneously with 600 able to anchor in the harbor.

Diesel tugs replaced steam tugs in the 2nd half of the 20th Century. Cars, trucks and planes also replaced a lot of rail transport, which caused many railroads to go bankrupt.

Until 1991, tugs lugged garbage and sludge to be dumped into the Atlantic Ocean. That was replaced by the Poo Poo Choo Choo sending New York City sludge to the largest garbage dump in America at Sierra Blanca, Texas.

Photo by Philip Gendreau.


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The gigantic former French liner Normandie — second largest ship in the world arriving in New York Harbor its maiden voyage in 1935



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The gigantic former French liner Normandie — second largest ship in the world — capsized at its Hudson River berth, foot of 49th St in 1942 at 2:37 in the morning. Twelve hours earlier it had been swept by flames, as a spark from an acetylene torch ignited inflammable life preservers



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Dinosaurs being transported on the Hudson River to the 1964 Worlds Fair, during 1963



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The battleship USS Arizona on Dec. 25, 1916, photographed from the Manhattan Bridge on the East River in New York City.



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