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Wednesday, January 24, 2018



WITH the rapid development of overseas traffic to and from the port of New York there has come a stimulation of marine activities in every branch of business relating to the building, repair and equipment of steamships. In Brooklyn, especially, there are located many works and plants which have established for themselves the highest reputation for the quality of their workmanship and their extensive facilities, enabling them to respond promptly to the increasing demands for their services.

Among enterprises of this kind, one which has long been famed for the quality of its work is the Atlantic Basin Iron Works, which, with a most complete plant fully equipped for all the diver-sified activities appropriate to modern marine requirements, carry on an extensive business as en-gineers, boiler makers and manufacturers.

The work of this company is conducted upon modern methods and the plant has every machine and appliance which can in any way improve or expedite the work. All the work is done under the most expert supervision, and in the line of engine building and repairing the plant, with its workmen of exceptional ability, and the skillful supervision of expert engineers, is prepared to meet demands for the repair of marine engines of every make and style. Careful estimates are made and contracts executed for the complete steam equipment of steamships of all kinds, adapted to every kind of fuel.

The plant is also noted for the exceptional work done in the building and repair of boilers of all types. The company's own make of boilers has established a reputation for exceptional efficiency, and many of the vessels using the port of New York owe to the Atlantic Basin Iron Works the success they have attained by their excellent engine and boiler equipment.

The company has facilities for prompt service in the supplying of heavy forgings for all purposes, made and finished in the best and most durable workmanship; iron and brass castings of any size or pattern required; and copper specialties of every kind in any needed quantity. In ;ach of these departments mechanics of special skill are employed, with every facility for efficient and rapid work. The work is carried on under the most expert supervision, and its uniform excellence is thus maintained.

Among the marine developments of our time none is of more vital interest than the constantly increasing adaptation of the Diesel motor to marine use. For vessels to which it can be readily adapted it presents superior attractions in economy and speed, and new adaptations of the Diesel idea are constantly being made to vessels of varied types and tonnages. One of the special branches of the work carried on by the Atlantic Basin Iron Works is the making of repairs to Diesel motors, in the best and most expeditious manner.

Another special branch of work for which the Atlantic Basin Iron Works has gained special prominence is that of the building and proper in-stallation of cold storage plants such as now form an important feature of the equipment of all liners and of many independent steamships. There are few features of vessel equipment which yield a greater proportionate return in comfort and economy than a well-equipped refrigerating plant, which, once installed, is of very little operating expense compared to the service it performs.

At the time when the World War began the question of the comparative merit of oil and coal as fuel under boilers was still in the realm of con-troversy. But during the course of the war, when tonnage was scarce and coal mounted to unprec-edented prices, and even then was hard to procure, the use of oil fuel increased by leaps and bounds. The much decreased space used for bunkers on vessels using oil fuel, releasing increased stowage, capacity or passenger accommodations, the reduction of stoking force in the boiler room, the increased cleanliness and absence of ashes, the more even generation of steam and reduction of time needed for bunkering, led shipowners in large numbers to decide on transforming their vessels from coal-burning to oil-burning. The Atlantic Basin Iron Works has made a specialty of this work and is unsurpassed in ability in oil-fuel equipment and installation.

The company are agents for the "Kinghorn" multiplex valve, and they also do carpenter, joiner and electrical work.

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