Photo of the Week
FROM THE SCHS LIBRARY ARCHIVES
“How shall we know it is us without our past?”
– John Steinbeck
PORT JEFFERSON BOAT STOREHOUSE & HORSE WINCH, 1897
by Wendy Polhemus-Annibell, Head Librarian
Port Jefferson Boat Storehouse and Horse Winch, 1897. (Image from the Harry T. Tuthill Fullerton Collection of the Suffolk County Historical Society Library Archives. Copyright © Suffolk County Historical Society. All rights reserved.) [To View Fullerton Photo, please visit www.suffolkcountyhistoricalsociety.org]
The village of Port Jefferson, originally called Drowned Meadow because the tidal area was “drowned” by the tide twice daily, was among the largest shipbuilding centers in Suffolk County in the nineteenth century. With the natural superiority of its protected harbor, the village also engaged in some of the earliest shipbuilding in the entire country.
By 1840, shipyards and marine railways were to be found in almost every village located along the shores of Long Island. By 1855, some twenty-five shipyards were in operation in the county. Men of all ages toiled in seafaring professions–nearly a third of the male population in Suffolk County was so engaged by 1885. More than 800 boats had been built in Suffolk County by that time, and 327 of those vessels were constructed in Port Jefferson.
To learn more about the photographer Hal B. Fullerton and the SCHS collection of Fullerton’s photographs, click on the New York Times article title cited below.
INFO. SOURCE: Gordon Welles and William Proios, Port Jefferson: Story of a Village (Port Jefferson, NY: Port Jefferson Historical Society, 1977).
Hal B. Fullerton: Crisp Images from a Faded Long Island Past”
The New York Times | May 3, 2013
“Mr. Fullerton was a great documenter of Long Island, but he was also a great photographer.” —Neil Scholl, Professor Emeritus, New York Institute of Technology
“Anyone interested in exploring the visual landscape of Long Island’s past will find the photographs of Hal B. Fullerton…immensely valuable. Fullerton’s work was so extensive, inclusive, and pervasive that it is difficult to imagine the Island’s appearance at the turn of the twentieth century without conjuring up his pictures.”
—Charles L. Sachs, The Blessed Isle
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