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Title Longshoremen's hooks used by Donald "Red" Barrett on the Hoboken docks in the 1960's.
Object Name Hook, Cargo
Other Name longshoreman's hook
Catalog Number 2012.013.0011
Collection Hoboken Longshoremen Collection
Credit Gift of Donald "Red" Barrett
Description Longshoremen's hooks used by Donald "Red" Barrett (Hoboken resident) on the Hoboken docks in the 1960's. Ca. 4" long wood handle with 3 to 3-1/2" long metal hook. Plastic tubing around hook shank. Two examples, a left handed and right handed one.

The small size of each hook in this set was for coffee, peppers and similarly bagged items. The one with black tubing has a hook extending 3-1/2" from handle and the one with red-brown tubing is 3" long. Hooks are 1-3/8"

A good example of work gear used by a union worker at the Hoboken docks for loading and unloading ships. Barrett, known as "Red" Barrett, was a longtime employee at the piers (as well as a photographer who documented them and the work.) He retired sometime in the 1970s.

Barrett has related that these were handmade, not stock items manufactured for the profession.
Date 1960-1972
Year Range from 1960.0
Year Range to 1972.0
People Barrett, Donald "Red"
Search Terms ILA
International Longshoremen's Association
Caption pair of longshoreman hooks used by Donald "Red" Barrett
Imagefile 138\20120130011.TIF
Classification Ships
Business & Commerce