Neat footage… somehow the old, decaying vessels are always beautiful and sad at the same time. Somebody was once so proud of those ships, and so much work and craftsmanship went into building them.
And at the end, a modern vessel steams away. When will it join its retired brethren?
Squeezed between Staten Island and New Jersey is Arthur Kill waterway and the Witte Marine Equipment Company. Over the last century, Witte Marine has slowly dismantled hundreds of ships that once crowded the bustling piers of New York’s coastline. Even with a steady stream of salvage work and deconstruction, many old tugboats and smaller harbor ships have accumulated on the shores of Arthur Kill and now rot in shallow water.