This photograph features a dry dock that was part of Todd Shipyards in Red Hook. This image was taken to document the reopening of the dock, which had been expanded to a length of 730 feet and a total capacity of more than 15,000,000 gallons of water. According to notes on the verso of the photograph, the dock was the largest privately-owned dry dock on the Atlantic Seaboard, and allowed Todd Shipyards “to dry dock 175,000 tons of shipping in one day – a capacity not exceeded by any other shipyard in the world.”
In 2004, a plan was approved for Ikea to tear down the shipyard, including this dock, to accommodate its Red Hook store and parking lot. Despite efforts from preservation groups, the dock was demolished in 2006. More information about this dock can be found at the Save Industrial Brooklyn website.