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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Jacob Charles Reichert


THE great extent of the harbor of New York and the constantly increasing development of warehouses, wharves, and locks along its many miles of frontage in its various rivers and bays has given great and growing importance to the towing industry, in which there has been an especially remarkable development during the past twenty years. This development has given opportunity for great growth and expansion to men of experience and ability in the towing business and among those who have been thus prominent and successful, one of the best known is Jacob Charles Reichert, who, from small beginnings, has become the head of the Reichert Towing Line, Incorporated, one of the best known and most efficient of the towing organization of New York.

Mr. Reichert, who was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., February 7, 1872, and went to school in Long Island City until he was eleven years of age, has since that time been engaged in various kinds of work. Since he was sixteen years of age he has been identified with the towing industry. It was in 1888 when he started to work on the tug

"Evie," which was employed about the harbor of New York and he thoroughly learned all de-partments of tug work, becoming a captain of a tug at twenty-one years of age. He continued in that position for six years until at twenty-seven years of age, or in the year 1899, he became the owner of the tug "Mischief." He worked hard and strove steadily to secure the approval of those who employed the services of his tugs and from time to time added to his fleet successively the tugs "John Lee," "Leo F.," "W. H. Beard," "Harold J.," "Joseph C. Reichert," "J. C. Reichert," "Rose Reichert," "John A.," "Frederick Reichert," "Summit" and "Reichert Brothers."

In 1906 he organized the Reichert Towing Line, of which the officers now are Jacob C. Reichert, president and treasurer; John A. Mc- Cann, secretary; Joseph C. Reichert, manager, and F. J. Reichert, superintendent. The fleet is now composed of nine tugs, all staunch vessels of

good capacity, and the Reichert Towing Line has a reputation for work of the most satisfactory quality in the line of towing. The office of the Reichert Towing Line is at 85 Commercial Street, Brooklyn, N. Y.

Jacob C. Reichert, founder and head of this business, has made his way by his own efficiency and energy, and has secured for himself a prom-inent place among the representatives of local harbor activities. He is treasurer and a director of the New York Tow Boat Exchange, a member and director of the New York Boat Owners' Association, New York Maritime Association, the National Board of Steam Navigation (in which he is a member of the Legislative Committee), the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, the Queens Chamber of Commerce, the Traffic Club, Foreign Commerce Club, Navy League, Travel Club of America, American Automobile Association, Brooklyn No. 22 Elks' Club, Beaver Club, Travelers' Club, and Lexington Council, Knights of Columbus. He takes an active interest in these varied business and social organizations, and is widely popular.

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