launches floating drydock
- THE TIMES HERALD RECORD, Published:
December 7, 1976
NEWBURGH – An $8-million
jumbo floating drydock, about the size of two football fields,
was launched from Steel Style, Inc.’s Water Street dock
Named “The Newburgh,”
the pontoon launcher is the largest “ship” ever
constructed between New York City and the Great Lakes, the
A tug boat began pulling the “Newburgh” down the
Hudson River, around New York City and into Long Island Sound
for its Groton, Conn., destination. The trip is expected to
take about 48 hours.
There it will be used to
launch the U.S. Navy’s Trident submarines being constructed
by the Electric Boat division of the General Dynamics Corp.
The 500-foot long, 100-foot wide drydock will permit “assembly-line”
production of Trident submarines, according to an Electric
“It’s a one-of-a-kind launching facility,”
Thomas Keel, manager of facilities planning for Electric Boat,
said. A floodable gate constructed by Steel Style this summer,
along with the pontoon launcher, becomes a drydock when water
is pumped out of the rectangular facility. Submarines are
then constructed on the expanse, also known as a “graving
dock” because of its similarity to a burial site.
When submarines are finished,
the water will be pumped into the giant mechanism again, permitting
submarines to float into the water.
Previously, Keel said submarines were constructed right in
the water at a higher cost.
Over the 20-month period
of construction, Steel Style employed 230 men working on day
and night shifts to construct the Newburgh drydock. Seventy
per cent were local, the company said.
Because of its size, the
drydock was built in two pieces on the company’s Hudson
River docks, then welded together.
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