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Title [Ross Sail Loft]
Object Name Print, Photographic
Date c. 1900
Collection Staten Island Geographic Collection
Description 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."
Earliest Date 1898
Latest Date 1910
Subjects Awnings
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Ross, George
Catalog Number 57.022.0001
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.