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Thames Tow Boat Company, New London, New London County, CT



B&W Photos

HB247422
Marine Railway Headhouse And Offices, West Side.

HB247423
Left To Right: Machine Shop And Boiler Works, East Side; On Right In Distance--pipe, Paint, And Electrical Shop.

HB247424
Marine Railway #3, Detail.

HB247425
Storehouse And Boathouse As Viewed From Tunnel Under Second Floor Of Pipe, Paint, And Electrical Shop.

HB247426
Pipe, Paint, And Electrical Shop, East End.

HB247427
Looking West To Marine Railway Headhouse And Offices.

HB247428
Hose House And Paint Storage, Looking South Along East Side.

HB247429
Yacht Storage Shed, South Side And West End.

HB247430
Headhouse (1919), To Left, Foreground; Storage And Joiner Shop In Back; Marine Railway Headhouse And Offices, To Right.

HB247431
Boiler Works, Machine Shop And Pattern Storage, To Right; Hose House And Paint Storage, To Left; Headhouses, Left Center; Pipe, Paint, And Electrical Shop Center.

HB247432
Pipe, Paint, And Electrical Shop South Side; Dark Area Is Tunnel So North Yard Area.

HB247433
Boiler Works, Machine Shop, And Pattern Storage, View From Northwest.

HB247434
Steam Powered Marine Railway Headhouse And Offices, Center; Chain Is In Front Of Electric Powered Marine Railway Headhouse.

HB247435
From Left To Right: Steam Powered Marine Railway Headhouse And Offices, Boiler Room, And Compressor Room, East Side; Pier #4 Can Be Seen Extending From Center Of Building.

HB247436
Foreground; Broken Gear From Headhouse Of Electric Powered Marine Railway #3; Cradle For Marine Railway #3 In Background.

HB247437
Boiler Works, Machine Shop, And Pattern Storage In Center; Marine Railway Headhouse And Offices To Right; View Is Looking South From Tunnel Under Pipe Paint, And Electrical Shops.

HB247438
From Left To Right: Marine Railway Headhouse And Offices, Boiler Room, First Skylight, Chimney For Boiler, Blacksmith Shop, Second Skylight, And Pipe, Paint, And Electrical Shops.

HB247439
Marine Railway #1, Location In Foreground; Marine Railway #2 (broken Cradle) Center; Cradle For Marine Railway #3 On Right.

HB247440
Storehouse And Boat House, South Side.

HB247441
From Left To Right: Blacksmith Shop, Compressor Room, Boiler Room, And Marine Railway Headhouse And Offices.

HB247442
Blacksmith Shop, Compressor Room, Boiler Room, And Marine Railway Headhouse And Offices On Left Side Of Road; Storage And Joiner Shop, And Sawmill On Right Side Of Road.

HB247443
Tug Tied To Pier #5.

HB247444
Marine Railway Headhouse And Offices, South End.

HB247445
Looking East Down Farnsworth Street To Gate Of Thames Shipyard And The Thames River; Storage And Joiner Shop Is Large Building In Center; To Right Of That Is Headhouse For Marine Railway #3; Farther Right Is Cradle Of Marine Railway #3.

HB247446
Detail Of Belt Driven Lathe For Turning Shafts, Machine Shop.

HB247447
Detail Showing Piston Which Is One Of Two Steam Powered Drive Units For Winches For Marine Railways #1

HB247448
Looking Past Gear In Electric Powered Marine Railway Headhouse To #3 Cradle.

HB247449
Marine Railway Headhouse And Offices On Left, Storage And Joiner Shop On Right.

HB247450
Detail Of Chains For Electric Powered Marine Railway #3.

HB247451
Looking Down Electric Powered Marine Railway #3.

HB247452
Sawmill, South End.

HB247453
Looking Toward Headhouse (1919) From Cradle For Railway #3, Small Building To Left Under Crane Is Guardhouse.

HB247454
Detail Of Belt Drives, Lathes, And Grinders, Machine Shop, West Wall

HB247455
Detail Of Belt (power Drive) For Small Milling Machine, Machine Shop.

HB247456
Detail Of Small Steam Feeder Pump, Marine Railway Headhouse, Ground Floor, East Side, Against Divider Wall In Middle Of Building.

HB247457
Unidentified Detail Of Belt Drives And Machinery.

HB247458
Detail Of Pulling Gear, Electric Powered Marine Railway Headhouse (1919), Originally In Headhouse For Railway #2.

HB247459
Detail Of Metal Plat Shears, Machine Shop, North End.

HB247460
General View Of Machine Shop.

HB247461
Detail Of Steam Engine, Compressor Room, Steam Plant.

HB247462
Detail Of Punch Press On Left And Large Metal Plate Shear, Boiler Shop, Located In North End Of Machine Shop Building.

HB247463
Duplicate Of 35.

HB247464
Blacksmith Shop, Looking West From Doorway.

HB247465
Detail Of Punch Press, Boiler Shop, Located In North End Of Machine Shop Building.

HB247466
Detail Of Electric Motor Drive Gears For Marine Railway #3, Located In Headhouse.

HB247467
Detail Of Gear To Winch For Steam Powered Marine Railway #l, Located In Headhouse.

HB247468
Detail Of Gears For Steam Powered Marine Railway #1, And Drive Equipment For Railways #l And #2, Marine Railway Headhouse, Ground Floor, North End, Drive Gears In Foreground, Pulling Gears For Railway # 1 In Background.

HB247469
Side Of Boiler, Condensation Tank On Far Right, Boiler Room, Steam Plant.

HB247470
Detail Of Steam Engine, Compressor Room, Steam Plant.

HB247471
Detail Of Steam Compressor, Compressor Room, South Wall, Steam Plant.

HB247472
Detail Of Steam Compressor, Compressor Room, Looking West, Steam Plant.

HB247473
Detail Of Band Saw, Sawmill.

HB247474
Detail Of Steam Engine Driving Electric Generator, Compressor Room, West End, Steam Plant.

HB247475
Detail Of Metal Plate Shear Inside Boiler Shop, Located In North End Of Machine Shop.

HB247476
Detail Of Gear In Electric Powered Marine Railway Headhouse (1919).

HB247477
Detail Of Gear For Marine Railway #2, Steam Powered Marine Railway Headhouse, South End: Hole In Foreground Is Where Gear Now Installed In Headhouse For Marine Railway #3 Was Removed.

HB247478
Looking East At Detail Of One Of Two Steam Powered Pistons Used To Drive Gears For Winches To Marine Railway Headhouse.

HB247479
Detail Of Steam Pistons And Gears For Driving Winches To Marine Railways #1 And #2, Marine Railway Headhouse, Ground Floor, Looking North.

HB247480
Detail Of Front End Of Boiler, Boiler Room, Steam Plant.

HB247481
General View Of Gearing System.

HB247482
Left To Right: Marine Railway Headhouse; Steam Plant (boiler Room And Compressor Room, With Skylight), Smokestack, Blacksmith Shop, Pipe, Paint, And Electrical Shop, Storage Shed, Fuel Storage Tank.

HB247483
Left To Right: Tug In Cradle #3, Storage And Joiner Shop, Cradle #3 With Pier 4 Alongside, Marine Headhouse And Offices, Steam Plant, Smokestack, Blacksmith Shop.

HB247484
Floating Drydock, No Longer Part Of Shipyard.

HB247485
Left To Right: Machine Shop, Pier #2, Tug In Cradle #3, Headhouse.

HB247486
Left To Right: Crane On Pier #2, Tug In Cradle #3, Marine Railway Headhouse And Offices, Cradle #2, Pipe, Paint, And Electrical Shop.

HB247487
Sunken Wooden Barges, Not Part Of Shipyard Property.

HB247488
Looking Southwest Toward Shipyard And U.s

HB247489
Looking Southwest Toward Thames Shipyard And United States Coast Guard Academy, Sunken Wooden Barges On Right

HB247490
Sunken Wooden Barges, Not Part Of Shipyard Property.

HB247491
Wooden Barges Sunk In 1938 Storm, Not Part Of Shipyard Property.

HB247492
Floating Drydock Behind Wooden Barges Sunk In 1938 Storm, Not Part Of Shipyard Property.

HB247493
Left To Right: Machine Shop, Hose House Behind Crane, Tug In Cradle #3, Storge And Joiner Shop, Marine Railway Headhouse And Offices, Cradle #2.

HB247494
Floating Drydock, No Longer At Shipyard.

HB247495
Floating Drydock, No Longer At Shipyard.

HB247496
Floating Drydock, No Longer At Shipyard.

HB247497
Left To Right: Concrete Block Workshop, Barge Alongside Pier #1, Machine Shop.

HB247498
Left To Right: Concrete Block Workshop, Barge And Boat Alongside Pier #1, Machine Shop, Monitor Visible In Background.

HB247499
Aerial View From Southwest.

HB247500
Aerial View From South.

HB247501
Aerial View From East.

HB247502
Aerial View From Northeast.

HB247503
Aerial View From Southwest.

HB247504
Aerial View From West.

HB247505
Aerial View From Northwest.

HB247506
Aerial View From South.

HB247507
Aerial View From Southeast.

HB247508
Aerial View From East.

HB247509
Aerial View From Southwest.

HB247510
Aerial View From South.

HB247511
Photocopy Ca

HB247512


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Item Title


Location
New London, CT

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER CT-1
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-4).
Building/structure dates: 1903 initial construction
Significance: The Thames Shipyard has been in constant use from the time of its completion in 1903 to the present (as of 1978). Originally constructed to build and repair ocean-going tugs and barges, the yard served as a submarine maintenance base in World War I and World War II. Few major alterations have been undertaken at the yard. It remains a complete, surviving example of a wooden shipbuilding and repair facility, and contains the oldest known steam powered marine railway in the U.S.

Subjects
Navies
War (World War I)
Concrete Block Buildings


Related Names
Burhorn & Granger
U.S. Coast Guard
Chappell, Frank Huntington
Thames Tow Boat Company
F.H. Chappell & Company
Robert Poole & Son Company


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. Marine Railway Headhouse and Offices, west side.
2. Left to right: Machine Shop and Boiler Works, east side; on right in distance--Pipe, Paint, and Electrical Shop.
3. Marine Railway #3, detail.
4. Storehouse and Boathouse as viewed from tunnel under second floor of Pipe, Paint, and Electrical Shop.
5. Pipe, Paint, and Electrical Shop, east end.
6. Looking west to Marine Railway Headhouse and Offices.
7. Hose House and Paint Storage, looking south along east side.
8. Yacht Storage Shed, south side and west end.
9. Headhouse (1919), to left, foreground; Storage and Joiner Shop in back; Marine Railway Headhouse and Offices, to right.
10. Boiler Works, Machine Shop and Pattern Storage, to right; Hose House and Paint Storage, to left; Headhouses, left center; Pipe, Paint, and Electrical Shop center.
11. Pipe, Paint, and Electrical Shop south side; dark area is tunnel so north yard area.
12. Boiler Works, Machine Shop, and Pattern Storage, view from northwest.
13. Steam powered Marine Railway Headhouse and Offices, center; chain is in front of electric powered Marine Railway Headhouse.
14. From left to right: steam powered Marine Railway Headhouse and Offices, Boiler Room, and Compressor Room, east side; Pier #4 can be seen extending from center of building.
15. Foreground; broken gear from headhouse of electric powered Marine Railway #3; cradle for Marine Railway #3 in background.
16. Boiler Works, Machine Shop, and Pattern Storage in center; Marine Railway Headhouse and Offices to right; view is looking south from tunnel under Pipe Paint, and Electrical Shops.
17. From left to right: Marine Railway Headhouse and Offices, Boiler Room, first skylight, chimney for Boiler, Blacksmith Shop, second skylight, and Pipe, Paint, and Electrical Shops.
18. Marine Railway #1, location in foreground; Marine Railway #2 (broken cradle) center; cradle for Marine Railway #3 on right.
19. Storehouse and Boat House, south side.
20. From left to right: Blacksmith Shop, Compressor Room, Boiler Room, and Marine Railway Headhouse and Offices.
21. Blacksmith Shop, Compressor Room, Boiler Room, and Marine Railway Headhouse and Offices on left side of road; Storage and Joiner Shop, and Sawmill on right side of road.
22. Tug tied to Pier #5.
23. Marine Railway Headhouse and Offices, south end.
24. Looking east down Farnsworth Street to gate of Thames Shipyard and the Thames River; Storage and Joiner Shop is large building in center; to right of that is Headhouse for Marine Railway #3; farther right is cradle of Marine Railway #3.
25. Detail of belt driven lathe for turning shafts, Machine Shop.
26. Detail showing piston which is one of two steam powered drive units for winches for Marine Railways #1. and #2, Marine Railway Headhouse.
27. Looking past gear in electric powered Marine Railway Headhouse to #3 Cradle.
28. Marine Railway Headhouse and Offices on left, Storage and Joiner Shop on right.
29. Detail of chains for electric powered Marine Railway #3.
30. Looking down electric powered Marine Railway #3.
31. Sawmill, south end.
32. Looking toward Headhouse (1919) from cradle for Railway #3, small building to left under crane is Guardhouse.
33. Detail of belt drives, lathes, and grinders, Machine Shop, west wall
34. Detail of belt (power drive) for small milling machine, Machine Shop.
35. Detail of small steam feeder pump, Marine Railway Headhouse, ground floor, east side, against divider wall in middle of building.
36. Unidentified detail of belt drives and machinery.
37. Detail of pulling gear, electric powered Marine Railway Headhouse (1919), originally in Headhouse for Railway #2.
38. Detail of metal plat shears, Machine Shop, north end.
39. General view of Machine Shop.
40. Detail of steam engine, Compressor Room, Steam Plant.
41. Detail of punch press on left and large metal plate shear, Boiler Shop, located in north end of Machine Shop Building.
42. Duplicate of 35.
43. Blacksmith Shop, looking west from doorway.
44. Detail of punch press, Boiler Shop, located in north end of Machine Shop Building.
45. Detail of electric motor drive gears for Marine Railway #3, located in Headhouse.
46. Detail of gear to winch for steam powered Marine Railway #l, located in Headhouse.
47. Detail of gears for steam powered Marine Railway #1, and drive equipment for Railways #l and #2, Marine Railway Headhouse, ground floor, north end, drive gears in foreground, pulling gears for Railway # 1 in background.
48. Side of boiler, condensation tank on far right, Boiler Room, Steam Plant.
49. Detail of steam engine, Compressor Room, Steam Plant.
50. Detail of steam compressor, Compressor Room, south wall, Steam Plant.
51. Detail of steam compressor, Compressor Room, looking west, Steam Plant.
52. Detail of band saw, Sawmill.
53. Detail of steam engine driving electric generator, Compressor Room, west end, Steam Plant.
54. Detail of metal plate shear inside Boiler Shop, located in north end of Machine Shop.
55. Detail of gear in electric powered Marine Railway Headhouse (1919).
56. Detail of gear for Marine Railway #2, steam powered Marine Railway Headhouse, south end: hole in foreground is where gear now installed in Headhouse for Marine Railway #3 was removed.
57. Looking east at detail of one of two steam powered pistons used to drive gears for winches to Marine Railway Headhouse.
58. Detail of steam pistons and gears for driving winches to Marine Railways #1 and #2, Marine Railway Headhouse, ground floor, looking north.
59. Detail of front end of boiler, Boiler Room, Steam Plant.
60. General view of gearing system.
61. Left to right: Marine Railway Headhouse; Steam Plant (Boiler Room and Compressor Room, with skylight), smokestack, Blacksmith Shop, Pipe, Paint, and Electrical Shop, storage shed, fuel storage tank.
62. Left to right: Tug in Cradle #3, Storage and Joiner Shop, Cradle #3 with Pier 4 alongside, Marine Headhouse and Offices, Steam Plant, smokestack, Blacksmith Shop.
63. Floating drydock, no longer part of shipyard.
64. Left to right: Machine Shop, Pier #2, tug in Cradle #3, Headhouse.
65. Left to right: Crane on Pier #2, tug in Cradle #3, Marine Railway Headhouse and Offices, Cradle #2, Pipe, Paint, and Electrical Shop.
66. Sunken wooden barges, not part of Shipyard property.
67. Looking southwest toward Shipyard and U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
68. Looking southwest toward Thames Shipyard and United States Coast Guard Academy, sunken wooden barges on right. Machine Shop roof and Monitor can be seen left of center.
69. Sunken wooden barges, not part of Shipyard property.
70. Wooden barges sunk in 1938 storm, not part of Shipyard property.
71. Floating drydock behind wooden barges sunk in 1938 storm, not part of Shipyard property.
72. Left to right: Machine Shop, Hose House behind crane, tug in Cradle #3, Storge and Joiner Shop, Marine Railway Headhouse and Offices, Cradle #2.
74. Floating drydock, no longer at Shipyard.
75. Floating drydock, no longer at Shipyard.
76. Floating drydock, no longer at Shipyard.
77. Left to right: Concrete block workshop, barge alongside Pier #1, Machine Shop.
78. Left to right: concrete block workshop, barge and boat alongside Pier #1, Machine Shop, Monitor visible in background.
79. Aerial view from southwest.
80. Aerial view from south.
81. Aerial view from east.
82. Aerial view from northeast.
83. Aerial view from southwest.
84. Aerial view from west.
85. Aerial view from northwest.
86. Aerial view from south.
87. Aerial view from southeast.
88. Aerial view from east.
89. Aerial view from southwest.
90. Aerial view from south.
91. Photocopy ca. 1903 lithographic illustration. 4' x 5' neg.


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