One of the coolest engines made – the Nordberg Radial. The engine, a 14″x16″ was offered in both 11 and 12 cylinder models, in spark ignition gas, Diesel, and Dual fuel options. I would love to find a manual for one of these!
This week, we feature a prominent local shipyard – Jakobson Shipbuilding, in Oyster Bay, New York. Jakobson (originally Jakobson & Peterson, located in Brooklyn), moved out to Long Island in 1938, and would become very well known for their quality, and typically overbuilt vessels, especially tugboats.
Jakobson would overtime work very closely with TAMS Inc. Naval Architects, Merritt Demarest, Marine Design Inc. (Joe and Al Hack), Cleveland Diesel, EMD, Moran Towing and many others.
Jakobson (very often misspelled Jacobson) would keep busy right until the late 1980’s led by George Hossfeld. Jakobson Shipyard’s last new construction was the tug was the “Consort”, built for Express Marine in 1984.
Ultimately, the yard would be sold to Moran Towing, who used it as their personal shipyard, as well as doing other outside work using their marine railways, and a single small drydock. The yard closed in 1993, and the property sold to the town in 1997, where it is now a park. Very little remains of the original yard.