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A simple but closely calculated system of cables, pulleys and winches slowly eased the caisson into its basin next to the Fulton Ferry. wooden 35 Arrangement of chutes surrounding the water shaft. This drawing shows how wooden chutes were installed to guide excavated debris down under the 54. delicate, precise ink-and-watercolor water shaft where 24 it could be picked up by a clamshell scoop (see •- d E I ,.... < ... -m it n ; i, , ] n. 1 2<5 £540 ^ i 25 38 26 38-43. Views of the interior of the Brooklyn caisson, 1870.
By 1876 both tow were completed. This sweeping panorama of Manhattan, taken from the Brooklyn tower by Joshua Beal, is actually five separate images joined together to make a composite view. New Yorkers had never seen their city like this before. All the major points of interest are visible (Trinity Church, the Western Union Building, which was completed in 1875, St. Paul's Chapel, the shot tower, the new Post Office and the new Tribune Building, also completed in 1875). Dominating the whole scene is the stark and massive New York tower.
The pulse was at first accelerated, then sometimes fell below the normal rate. The voice sounded faint unnatural, and it became a great effort to speak. '' The interior was lighted by 14 limelights which were fed by gas piped from the outside. The c temperature was always hot. at least 80 and extremely humid. No. 3 shows workmen breaking up a rock. Rocks and boulders, some 14' long and 5' wide, became such a problem in sinking the caisson that eventually explosives had to be used. Workmen would drill holes in a rock into which a charge would be placed and then set off.