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E.W. BLISS COMPANY BROOKLYN. NY

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Re: E.W. BLISS COMPANY BROOKLYN. NY

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Did you ever hear from anyone about the Bliss Company? My husbands grandfather worked there from at least 1910 to 1925. I do not know where (if at all) old company records might be kept, but I can offer the following bits about the company in general:

Bliss Company was both a press & die manufacturer/foundry AND a huge torpedo manufacturer doing contract work for the U.S.Navy! The Bliss Company operated its torpedo manufacturing at the Brooklyn plant at Bush Terminal from the late 1800's until at least 1925. In 1903, when the founder died, E. W. Bliss & Company covered 85 blocks in Brooklyn, and employed 13,000 people - between the press & die precision equipment and the torpedo manufacturer.!

The main building was located at 135 Plymouth Street, which is now the Chamber Paper Fiber Building. They made machinery and ammunitions, and what’s interesting about that building is that there’s actually a building within a building. The interior building held the gunpowder, so that if it exploded, it wouldn’t explode out onto the street. And then they also had a foundry on Water Street

All torpedoes were manufactured at the Brooklyn plant, and then transported to Sag Harbor on the Long Island Railroad, where Bliss Company had a testing site for its torpedos. After the torpedoes were tested at Sag Harbor, they were moved out of the harbor and transferred to Navy vessels that were awaiting supplies or possible return to the war zone. The earlier torpedoes were fired using compressed air, later being steam propelled. The Bliss and Bliss-Leavitt torpedoes that were made at Bliss Company were used not only by our own government, but also by our allies until just before WWII, when more powerful and accurate electric torpedos came into production, forcing them into extinction.
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