May 19, 1989 |
Frank Cautilli has forgotten most of the names and faces of the men he worked with at the sprawling Hog Island shipyard. But he remembers the biting cold that gripped the Philadelphia riverfront in 1917. Cautilli, 90, was working as a surveyor at the yard, where the mercury dipped to 7 below as thousands of workers drove wooden piles into frozen, marshy ground and poured concrete for 50 shipbuilding slots that would line a mile-long stretch of the Delaware River. What also lingers in Cautilli's memory was the frenzied pace at Hog Island.
October 17, 1986 |
United Parcel Service yesterday broke ground for a $128 million air cargo terminal just south of Philadelphia International Airport - an event hailed by government officials as a significant economic victory for the region. The groundbreaking marked the official beginning of the first phase of a three-year project to build a distribution center that eventually would employ more than 4,700 people. State and local government officials worked for several months last year to sell UPS on the so-called Hog Island site near the airport.
December 29, 1998 |
Mark Wray the veterinarian spent Saturday night treating dogs hit by cars and cats overdosed on holiday chocolate. Mark Wray the Mummer spent Sunday preparing his elaborate show as captain of the Hog Island New Year Association in Friday's Mummers Parade. He does both very well. The animals are recovering - and Wray has won the coveted first prize among Fancy Division captains six years in a row. It's a balancing act, and all he has to give up is sleep and everything else in life.
August 4, 1992 |
Just beyond the shadow of the George C. Platt Bridge, down a bumpy gravel road, through a sea of marsh grass, behind a police car pound and city sewage- treatment plant lies a secret garden. At one time this funky settlement of 70 or 80 vegetable plots, fruit tree orchards, ramshackle shacks and screened porches was called the Fort Mifflin Garden Growers Association. But now, there is no official name. Most of the gardeners are men who travel from their pavement-bound neighborhoods in South Philadelphia as early as 5 a.m. to this isolated peninsula at the confluence of the Schuylkill and the Delaware, called Hog Island.
January 3, 2013
String Bands Division Club Totals Club Points 1. Fralinger . . . 96.70 2. Quaker City . . . 96.10 3. Woodland . . . 94.60 4. South Philadelphia . . . 92.05 5. Ferko . . . 91.25 6. Hegerman . . . 91.10 6 tie. Avalon . . . 91.10 8. Aqua . . . 82.75 9. Polish American . . . 81.05 10. Uptown . . . 79.80 11. Pennsport . . . 75.90 12. Duffy . . . 73.35 13. Broomall . . . 72.85 14. Durning ....
January 1, 2012
Club Totals Club Points 1. Woodland . . . 94.4 2. Quaker City . . . 93.4 3. So. Philadelphia . . . 92.1 4. Ferko . . . 89.3 5. Fralinger . . . 86.750 6. Hegeman . . . 84.950 7. Avalon . . . 82.850 8. Aqua . . . 81.250 9. Greater Kensington . . . 78.400 10. Polish American . . . 76.100 11. Uptown . . . 75.100 12. Pennsport . . . 71.950 ...
August 1, 2016
As thousands of folks fly out of town after the Democratic National Convention, consider the ground upon which Philadelphia International Airport sits: Hog Island, once the world's largest shipyard. Long before William Penn arrived aboard the Welcome in 1681, Swedish settlers controlled the island, at the confluence of the Delaware and Schuylkill. The Lenape called the island Quistconck , or "place for hogs. " Hog Island made a brief cameo during the American Revolution: An order in 1777 from the Council of Safety called for the island to be flooded, to halt British troops trying to infiltrate Philadelphia via the Delaware.
April 6, 1994 |
A fire destroyed an Army Corps of Engineers storage building at Hog Island and Fort Mifflin roads in Southwest Philadelphia yesterday. There were no injuries. During the fire, near historic Fort Mifflin, one of the building's walls collapsed. In photo above, firefighters help a colleague who fell or was knocked over, apparently when a hose under pressure was disconnected. An aerial ladder (right) and a marine unit in the Delaware River also battled the fire.
December 26, 1999 |
You can find Mark Wray in the garage with a dragon named Soupy Ribakaukas. Others stop by and help out on some nights and weekends, but usually it's just Mark and Soupy, and neither is a big talker. The garage is next to the motorcycle place on a gray, brooding splinter of South Philadelphia just below Fifth. Wray needed a rental space that didn't cost much, so street ambience didn't matter. He's inside six or seven days a week in November and December. Perhaps this will explain: Wray, 50, is a veterinarian and a Sicklerville resident, a Vietnam War vet, divorced, impassioned, opinionated, old-fashioned, and a mite ornery as it gets closer to Jan. 1. Forgot the most important thing: Mark Wray is a Mummer, captain of the Hog Island New Year's Association, a fancy club on Third near McKean.