A particularly foggy morning as the smoke from the Sparrows Point mills mingles with the fog.
Mohawk William Sotienton Bordeau, 92: "We joined up with Local #16 (in 1955)," Bordeau said. "The foreman, Lou Wachter, sent us to the Clinton Street [pier], where we built one of the spans for the second Bay Bridge. They called us 'yard birds' because we worked in the yard to put the span together before they floated down the river." Bill died shortly following this portrait he and his fellow Mohawks worked the high steel that built the Bay Bridge and most East Coast skyscrapers. He made the bonnet he wears in the photo.
The Fall of Steel in the Washington Post
j. m. giordano
Mar 15, 2020
The Washington Post has featured my almost two decade long series documenting the collapse of the steel industry around the world. The show Shuttered; The Fall of Beth Steel is phase one and is now on view at the Museum of Industry in Baltimore.