Could everyone write one simple essay about something that once happened in Saltaire…that they saw or were a part of…and put it on one big website? Somebody should collect a lot of stories before we all forget. Otherwise it is like a line in “On The Beach” : The history of the war that now would never be written.” -(JO'H)

Monday, August 26, 2013



Images by Francis X. Mina

Dear Friends,

Attached is a photo of Miami Shipbuilding Corporation's C-9501 ASR on 
its sea trials in May, 1942.  The photo and background info were 
provided to me back when I still lived on Garner Lane.  It was the 
result of contacting the former Contract Manager for MSC, a fellow 
named Buhler (not Ferris) whose family were the owners at the 
time.  He had saved many photos from the war years, but remembered 
this one especially because it had been purchased by Bill Levitt of 
both Florida and Long Island, where it eventually was converted into 
a ferry........

I think it was previously noted how fortuitous it was that the 
armaments had been removed long before Cap'n Al and Sneaky Pete got a 
chance to wipe out Baruch's game preserve on East Island, Al being 
Gamekeeper and all.

Jim, I'm asking and hoping you will use this and other photos of 
Albert Fairman Skinner on August 27, his one and only BIRTHDAY !!!

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