By Mary J. Shapiro
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William C. Kingsley assured the Times that the bridge would be absolutely stable and would not be swayed even by winds of 60 mph. 36 J New York tower. September 19. 1872. A long shot of the New York tower shows the worksheds housing the steam engines which powered the hoisting equipment on top of the tower. Notice the coal waiting to be hauled up the track. On top of the tower are three granite blocks being maneuvered into position by the giant boom-derricks. A glimpse of the Brooklyn pier can be seen over the top.
Roebling was engaged in fixing a location for the Brooklyn tower next to the Fulton Ferry Terminal, a ferryboat entering the slip pushed the pilings on which he stood in such a way as to catch and crush his foot. The injury' resulted in lockjaw, and Roebling died 16 days later. Washington, who had worked closely with his father in the preparation of the design and plans of the Brooklyn Bridge, was appointed Chief Engineer. He was 32 years old and would dedicate the next 14 years of his life to the bridge.
Cross section of the Brooklyn caisson, 1869. In 1867. at the behest of his father. Roebling went to Europe especially to study the construction of pneumatic caissons, which can best be described as gigantic diving bells. It was on top of caissons that the towers were to be built. Workmen digging under the caissons would eventually sink them to a depth where there was a solid enough foundation to insure the stability of the towers. The Brooklyn caisson was made of timber and was 168' long and 102' wide.
A Picture History of the Brooklyn Bridge by Mary J. Shapiro