Photo of the Week
March 6, 2005
This week is
"What Is It" equipment photo of week. I recently
purchased this old post card as it sparked an interest in me as to what
this piece of floating equipment it was was important enough to be U.S.
No. 1. The back of the card has written "Toro Point", which is
part of Fort Sherman.
After looking through some old PCC photos that
I have on CD, I saw a similar looking craft which was has U.S. Derrick
Barge No. 2 on the front. (see below). The Derrick Barge No.
2 photo was also taken in the Toro Point area during the construction of
the Atlantic Breakwater in 1912. This barge was used to place
large natural rock boulders and manmade cement blocks along breakwater.
Now back to U.S. No. 1. I am not sure if
this is a Derrick Barge as it had a larger and different shaped
superstructure on the bow. The smoke stack is also shorter than
U.S. 2. There doesn't seem to be a derrick boom either. U.S.
1 could have been in for repairs at the time this photo was taken and
the boom removed. I don't know. Is there anyone out there
that can shed some light on this? By the way, there is a small
steam tug tied up to the U.S. 1. That is the taller smoke stack
toward the rear of it.
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