|Object Name||Watch, Pocket|
|Description||Metal pocket watch; circular with winding crown at the top with loop. Interior has a white circular dial with Roman numerals and two hands.Inscription printed in black: "ELGIN NATL. WATCH CO." Belonged to Captain John J. Hammel.|
|Acquisition||Gift of Alvin Hammel|
|Ownership and History||
Captain John Hammel (1870-1961) worked as a Staten Island ferry pilot for 40 years before retiring in 1932. He was also a volunteer fireman with the Wadsworth Hose Company (Edgewater Fire Department). He was born in Ireland but came to Staten Island as a young child, living mostly in the Rosebank and Fort Wadsworth areas. He lived in Great Kills later in life, and also had a home at Cedar Grove Beach.
A New York Times story about his retirement, published January 25, 1932, reported, "In his nautical career Captain Hammel has seen many changes in New York harbor and the craft which ply its waters. Having made more voyages between the Battery and St. George under the relentlessly critical gaze of the Statue of Liberty than most persons make between their homes and offices in a lifetime, he estimates that he has transported 5,000,000 passengers to and from Staten Island, all without a single accident."
|Maker||Elgin National Watch Company, Elgin, IL|
|Subjects||Clocks & watches|
|Lexicon Sub-category||Timekeeping T&E|
Hammel, Capt. John J.
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