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Growing up in Stony Point in the 1960s, my parents would pile my brother and sister and me in the car for the drive to our grandparents’ house in Dutchess County. We’d pass what my father would call the “mothball fleet” — which to us kids looked pretty creepy. My brother and I always said that the anchors were standing guard over the ships.
My grandfather would tell me stories about the ships when I was a little girl. He has passed on and I miss him. This brought a smile to my face. Thanks!
My dad, Robert June, worked at the Hudson River Reserve Fleet for over 20 years. He worked on the ships’ engines and was a tugboat engineer. He was also there when the ships were sold to various countries, one by one. To Dad, it wasn’t just a job, it was a labor of love.
Barbara (June) Paxton
You may be interested to know that the anchors and chain links shown were manufactured at the Baldt Anchor & Chain Co. in
We were told that some of those ships were used to carry our men back from Europe after World War II, thereby earning the name “Liberty Ships.” My father said that the ship that carried him home had a distinctive red, white, and blue stack, and we could see from the eastern shore one with such a stack. My grandfather took us in his boat one summer day, and sure enough my dad found the ship that carried him home. Thank you for bringing back so many memories.
Ralph J. Pettorossi
In our review of Elephant in Kingston (February), the phone number was listed incorrectly. You can reach the restaurant at 845-339-9310.