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United Shipyards Inc

Honeycomb on Roosevelt Island

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The United Shipyards on Staten Island's north shore were a major east-coast builder and repairer of Navy vessels during the second world war. The company started as the merger of several smaller firms including the Staten Island Shipbuilding Company, which included a foundry department. This cover is a direct descendant of the honeycomb covers produced by that firm.


The department that purchased this cover felt no need to include any inscription , as by this time (probably in the late 1920's) the design spoke for itself -- SEWER.




This cover is found on Roosevelt Island behind Xavier Church. The honeycomb design is found throughout the city, although the United Shipyards labeled covers are rare.

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