|"Winch w gas engine" c.1894.
This was a fairly common desgn
typically used on the docks for loading
ships, not as a crane that we would
imagine by today's standards, but
rather that of a brute force hoist. It
must be remembered that
longshoremen either used the hoist or
hand carried every piece of cargo up
the gangplank. Once the cargo was
aboard and lowered into the holds,
they still had to hand stow every item
and wedge the cargo in place so it
would not "shift" in transport and
endanger a capsizing of the ship.
.This winch features a 4-5 hp gas
engine built at CBIW and was state of
the art for our area. This photo was
taken on the South side of the
building. You can notice that front
street has not even built up as it will be
later during the early 1920's. Several
of the homes on the hill maybe under
some remodels today"