|Title||[Ross Sail Loft]|
|Object Name||Print, Photographic|
|Collection||Staten Island Geographic Collection|
Original B&W print on cream cardboard mount. Diagonal front and side view of a two-story wooden building on stone piers along the waterfront. Large stenciled inscription on the side of the building: "SAIL LOFT. / AWNINGS & TENTS." Stencilled inscription on the front of the building: "ROSS. / TENTS TO LET." A man is seated in a horse-drawn wagon in front of the building, and four men stand behind the wagon; inscription "ROSS" is on the side of the wagon. A sailing ship with 2 masts is partially visible behind the building.
(Keywords: New York, Sailmaker, Sailmaking, Maritime)
|Print size||10.5 x 14|
|Acquisition||Gift of John Vanderstar|
|Ownership and History||
Sailmaker George Ross operated his business on Grove Street in Port Richmond, Staten Island, making a variety of tents, awnings, and other canvas items. In 1911 he was granted a patent for "certain new and useful Improvements in Awnings."
An article about him in a local publication in 1916 noted that his inventory included "All the awning covers for Harry Payne Whitney's yacht, now being built; laundry bags for fifty Eastern States hospitals; and the fitting with awnings of two large boats about to sail for the Panama Canal."
|Lexicon Sub-category||Documentary Artifact|
|Support Acknowledgment||Online Collections Database record made possible by the Efron family in memory of Dr. Meryl Efron, July 2016.|
|Legal Status||Items represented here are from the collections of the Staten Island Historical Society. Materials reproduced for personal non-commercial use must credit the Staten Island Historical Society. Commercial licensing is available.|