Past Perth Amboy Around The Raritan Bay

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By Diane Norek Harrison

PERTH AMBOY—This is from my own material dated 1920: The Perth Amboy Dry Dock Company, with W. Parker Runyan, president and Charles D. Snedeker, secretary and treasurer, was incorporated in 1887, and developed from a marine railroad established in 1860. Since the incorporation, four dry docks have been installed, with a capacity of 2,500 tons, eight piers, 370 to 400 feet long, floating equipment, electric and air-welding plants, complete power equipment, derricks, blacksmith and machine shops, sawmills, etc. The average number of employees is between three hundred and four hundred. Adjoining frontage, recently purchased, gives the plant a water front of over one thousand feet. The Emergency Fleet Corporation of the United States Government Shipping Board has been building a number of modern dry docks, with a view of placing them with reliable established shipyards for operation, giving the shipyard owners the privilege of purchasing them upon reasonable terms. the Perth Amboy Company was warded one of these docks, with a capacity of one thousand tons, and it is now installed.

More from my own research: The city’s restored historic ferry slip, which operated from the end of Smith St. from the late 17th century until it closed in 1963 for lack of passengers, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places along with the Proprietary House on Kearny Ave.

I am looking for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, winter, sports, other holiday memories or past material from all seven towns listed below. Please send all end of the year holiday info as soon as possible. Have memories or past material from your parents or grandparents days from around the area? I have had many send me past information they had saved that belonged to older family members. Did a family member have a business? What was it and where? This is the place to share what you have saved!

If you have your own memories or past information for Carteret, Edison, Metuchen, Perth Amboy, Sayreville, South Amboy or Woodbridge you can email me at dianenorekharrison@juno.com send “copies” of your material to me at CMD Media, P.O. Box 1061 Rahway, N.J. 07065.


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