18 Photos - Feb 8, 2009
Photo: Fort Schuyler, Bronx NY Location of New York Maritime College and nautical museum with over 300 pieces donated by various individuals from US nautical history.Photo: North face of the pentagonal fort, with a part of the astronomical observatory on its roof to the extreme left. The cannons here would have fired into the narrows between the Bronx and Long Island.Photo: Throggs Neck BridgePhoto: Throggs Neck BridgePhoto: Across the narrows, to the left, is the Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy, which I once visited for a National Maritime Historical Society yearly meeting. There is another large brass propeller standing there on exhibit, from the P2 class, troop transports. My grandfather Lawrence G. Urquhart served as an officer on one, the U.S.S. Buckner which sailed in the Atlantic and Pacific.

When we visited the Kings Point Merchant Marine Museum I was informed that the samurai sword that had been surrendered by the Emperor of Japan had been returned with a note, left on their doorstep, by the friend of the veteran who had taken it and who had died of cancer. It stated that it had been stolen to draw attention to the disservice done to veterans of the merchant services who had the greatest loss "per capita" than other American services in WWII.

The white scabbard with its sword was put back on exhibit and we were some of the first to see it since around 1975.Photo: Propeller dedication.Photo: Propeller description.Photo: Photo: One of the propellers.Photo: Another propeller view.Photo: Bridge approach.Photo: Fort Schuyler and the bridge.Photo: Fort Schuyler and the bridge.Photo: Two "gun platforms" and their "pintle" attachment points providing a circular aiming arc increasing the effectiveness of armament not limited to the width of a window in stone. (retouched scan)Photo: Bridge abutment that had to be negotiated with Fort Schuyler for, its land replaced somewhere else.Photo: Looks like a hibachi!Photo: I had just come out of the "West Farms Cemetery" an early listing in the New York City Landmarks Commission.  A new cast iron fence was placed on two sides exposed to the public, near 180th St. and the new city Vidalia Park. However, it is known there as "Old Soldiers Cemetery" and had once belonged, not to the church across the now major street bridging the Bronx River, but from an earlier church on a small hill since replaced by a building to the north of the cemetery. Research showed that it had veterans of four wars, from the West Farms neighborhood i.e., the War of 1812, the Civil War, the Spanish American War and World War I. I had thought perhaps the Civil War soldier statue there how it got its name, a block from the south end of the Bronx Zoo, standing over the brick "winter vault" seen in the Northeast when the ground becomes impossible to dig, and where presumably the 3 were.Photo: View from where the cannons once in "Old Soldiers Cemetery", West Farms, in the Bronx on 180th St., near Vidalia Park were, looking north.