Saturday, July 30, 2016

Sparrow's Point Shipyard Ruins, Baltimore

At one point earlier this year, I travelled to Baltimore.  Banking in towards the airport, I was presented with a remarkable wasteland, the ruins of the once massive Sparrow's Point Shipyard. Once a major outlet for the products of Bethlehem Steel, Sparrow's Point built more than 100 ships during World War II and supported a whole community to workers. Eventually, however, the plants closed down and the site was juggled from owner to owner.  Three years ago, it was all razed to the ground, as corporations abandoned the aging infrastructure and environmental cleanup problems.  Now there is talk of building new development and a new port, but little sign as yet on the ground.