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A special look at NEAFIE & LEVY of Philadelphia
thanks to and by Ed Zajkowski

A change of pace. As you have figured out by now, I'm deep into US Navy Destroyer history. I have been fortunate in my life to experience much of that history firsthand. I started to work in a coal fired power plant in Philadelphia in 1966. When the history bug bit, I couldn't believe the plant was built over the NEAFIE & LEVY Shipyard which built America's first destroyer. I worked with another employee to get the city to recognize and honor the building of the first destroyer and fire engine. What follows are some items from that endeavor.

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NEAFIE & LEVY 191kNewspaper clipping after the plaque was unveiled.Ed Zajkowski
NEAFIE & LEVY 231kEd giving the NEAFIE/DD-1 talk, plaque is to his right. The event was on August 26 1981.Ed Zajkowski
NEAFIE & LEVY 110kThe invitation to the event.Ed Zajkowski
NEAFIE & LEVY 80kThe invitation to the event.Ed Zajkowski
NEAFIE & LEVY 177kThe NEAFIE & LEVY Yard as it appeared in 1912.Ed Zajkowski
NEAFIE & LEVY 206kThe words as they appear on the plaque.Ed Zajkowski
NEAFIE & LEVY 104kPage from the employers story in company magazine.Ed Zajkowski
NEAFIE & LEVY 157kThe historical marker as it appeared on February 11 2009.Ed Zajkowski

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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