Wooden Ship Kits
The Brooklyn was built in 1910 and owned by the
New York Dock Co. Steam powered all her career, after fifty years of service she
was inauspiciously sold for scrap in 1960. The Brooklyn was one of many railroad
tugs, designed to transfer railroad cars from one side of New York to the other
on barges known as car floats. Railroad tugs almost always towed barges alongside,
with one railroad car floating on each side, hence the heavy guards and the use
of single posts instead of H-bitts. Railroad tugs were characterized by long houses
because there was no need of towing space aft.
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This page was last updated September 7th 2016.