Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Bill Miller photographs

Two funnelled passenger liners in NewYork photographed by my friend Bill Miller: the FRANCE sailing for Europe in 1973 and the handsome INDEPENDENCE leaving port in 1967 with the HOMERIC alongside...
Bill Miller writes / I took this photo of the Caribbean-bound Independence on a bitterly cold February afternoon in 1967. She was departing from Pier 84 at West 44th Street in Manhattan. I was using a $10 plastic box camera at that time.
My good friend and fellow Hobokenite Tony La Forgia recalled: I remember the American Export piers in Hoboken and seeing the “Four Aces” [Excalibur, Exeter, Excambion & Exochorda] and later the nuclear-powered Savannah. In winter, the Independence & Constitution were berthed for several weeks at Pier B at the foot of Third Street for wintertime dockside maintenance. With their twin funnels, they towered above the pier’s roof. The Export piers were always busy, sometimes with five or six freighters at dock as well, and smelled of olives and leather and of course grease and oil. This was part of the Hoboken waterfront. Along River Street, the piers would be jammed with loose freight and waiting trucks.

Texto / Text copyright L.M.Correia. e imagens / and images copyright Bill Miller. Favor não piratear. Respeite o meu trabalho / No piracy, please. For other posts and images, check our archive at the right column of the main page. Click on the photos to see them enlarged. Thanks for your visit and comments. Luís Miguel Correia
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