One of my more interesting job
experiences was working at the BROOKLYN PIERS NYMT. What a great staff -
from the management on down (operations, police, maintenance). There was
a family feel to it -- they even had a pet cat.
The facility is located on Columbia St. in Brooklyn. At that time
(1980’s), it was already starting to become a ghost town with
containerization taking over as a preferred method for shipping and most
of the ships going to NJMT (Port Newark).
Some of the other locations under the
facility’s jurisdiction included the Passenger Ship Terminal, Pier 40 on
the west side of Manhattan, the Grain Elevator, the Fish Port, Civil War
piers, Erie Basin, and Howland Hook in Staten Island.
The boat’s main use was for sounding
surveys, under-deck inspections and fender inspections. Sometimes we
would assist plumbers and electricians repairing damaged piping under
The top photo is of me standing on the
first boat I worked and was trained on. To the left, also wearing the
green maintenance uniform, is coworker and mate Aaron Cupperson. The
boat was being lifted out of the water for maintenance by Kosnac’s
crane, a tenant with whom we shared the berth on Pier 5.
The bottom photo was taken at
Kingsborough College where we took a boating safety course. Left to
right Dave Giordano, Steve Quinn, Joe Lind, Louis Reyes,Carl Rappa and
me. We were at the pool in the Gumby suits practicing the ‘abandon ship’