Digs.aerialNeville

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  1. James Mull
    4/13/2016
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    That definitely looks like Neville Island; The photo looks like it was taken from over Rt 65 looking southwest. The intersection of Grand Avenue and Neville Road is in the background. The ramp down to the water in the foreground is still there today.

  2. Jim Schwanz
    4/13/2016
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    of course that’s Neville Is. looking East. That’s Dravo where the LSTs were built!

  3. Jim Schwanz
    4/13/2016
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    I mean looking West

  4. steve oh
    4/13/2016
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    Yes it is. Wish it showed the upper part of the island. The baseball field is still there, and the Ship ramps, not much else.

  5. Scott Matthews
    4/13/2016
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    yes, neville Island – the cylindrical tanks, and dry dock-like ramps are still there.

  6. Bill Kammermeier
    4/13/2016
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    It is definitely Neville Island. You can recognize the Y in Grand Ave in the top right of the picture and if you compare the buildings to Google Maps based on that reference point you can even some buildings that are still the same.

  7. Edward Mattock
    4/14/2016
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    Jim Schwanz is correct, this is Dravo Corporation’s Neville Island Shipyard. WWII LST’s were built and serviced here, and after the war lots of tugboats and barges that are still running on the rivers were made here until it closed in ’83. This was taken after the Navy contract renovations made during the war. The Dravo shipyard actually starts after big diagonal building, which at the time was the Vulcan Detinning Company. The first Dravo building is the small square warehouse immediately to the right of the diagonal building. The left sloped riverbank was the Marine Ways and the larger right sloped riverbank was the Launching Ways. Most of the buildings on the south side of Grand Ave were warehouses, and some various buildings like the paint shop, carpenter shop, and small cafeteria, dispensary and lockers near the large parking lot. Heating plant and transformer station near the water tower in the middle of the picture. Across Grand from the big parking lot was American Tubular Elevator Co, owned by Dravo, with a large machine shop across from that lot, steel yard behind it, structural shop to the right, and template shop and sheet metal shops to the right of that. Most other buildings were just offices.

  8. Mike M
    7/15/2016
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    Yes, absolutely Neville Island. This is about a mile below the Emsworth Dam with the main pool in the foreground and the back channel in the background, downstream towards the right of the photograph going towards Sewickley. Those giant barge lifts on a ramp in the foreground are the only ones that currently exist still in Pgh, but I haven’t seen them operate in the 10+ years we have been boating down there. Directly across from the mechanical barge ramp is the Glenfield/Kilbuck boat launch where Toms Run Creek lets out, at the bottom of the hill where Dixmont State Hospital was located.

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