Man Sculling in Erie basin, ca. 1870

Photo by George Bradford Brainerd

Man sculling in foreground past portion of barge (left), moored steamship (center), and wooden pier and pylons (right); shoreline dotted with masts and sails in background.

The photograph is by George Bradford Brainerd, 1845-1887. He was a civil engineer who worked for the city of Brooklyn as Deputy Water Purveyor from 1869 to 1886. His book The Water Works of Brooklyn: A Historical and Descriptive Account of the Construction of the Works, and the Quantity, Quality and Cost of the Supply, 1873 is still available. Even more relevant to Red Hook is his 1868 report in The American Naturalist on the sedimentary layers under the Erie Basin.  In addition to this work, a focused amateur photographer, captured many images of his Brooklyn home and the natural world.


1870 ca.

Item Relations

This Item is related to Item: Erie Basin Boathouse, 1886
This Item is related to Item: Erie Basin - A History of its Early Years



  • George Bradford Brainerd photograph collection, Brooklyn Museum/Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Collection

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