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Guide to the Brooklyn Navy Yard oral history collection ARC.003

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Collection processed by Amy Lau, Mary Mann, Aliki Caloyeras, and Margaret Fraser

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Oral History Interview with Anthony Ferrara, June 23, 2008

Biographical / Historical

Anthony Ferrara (1915- ) grew up in Lower Manhattan in Little Italy. His family owned a restaurant on Coney Island that they ran during the summer season. Anthony Ferrara moved to Brooklyn in 1944 and spent most of his life working in restaurants. Because of an ear injury, he received 4F status and was unable to serve during WWII.

Scope and Contents

Anthony Ferrara (1915- ) began working at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in 1941, after meeting a Navy Yard supervisor at the restaurant he worked at on Sands Street. During his interview, he discusses his duties as a fire warden and how the cleanliness of his job often separated him from the other workers. He also expresses his disappointment and embarrassment about being unable to serve overseas due to his 4F status. Ferrara's position allowed him to observe many of the things happening in the yard, including the progress of the USS Missouri, the USS Iowa and several Landing Ship Tanks. Ferrara also describes security at the Navy Yard, and how on one cold day, a security guard's nose dripped into the lunch container he was inspecting for alcohol. He left the yard after a little over a year and after attempting to get rid of his 4F status, he returned to working in restaurants. Ferrara remained in Brooklyn until 1996 when he moved in with family on Long Island, New York. An excerpt of this interview is used on a tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Interview conducted by Sady Sullivan.

Conditions Governing Access

This interview can be accessed onsite at Brooklyn Historical Society's Othmer Library and online at the Oral History Portal.

Subject Organizations

  • New York Naval Shipyard
  • Iowa (Battleship)
  • Missouri (Battleship : BB 63)

Subject Topics

  • Cranes, derricks, etc
  • Ethnic neighborhoods -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Ethnicity
  • Family life -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Italian Americans -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Restaurants -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Security systems
  • Shipfitting
  • Work environment -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • World War, 1939-1945

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • East Flatbush (New York, N.Y.)
  • Long Island (N.Y.)
  • Sands Street (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) |x Emigration and immigration