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Oral history interview conducted by Jennifer Egan
July 24, 2006
Call number: 2010.003.038
Oral History Interview with Charles Rocoff
Charles Rocoff (1923- ) began working at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in 1942 shortly after finishing high school in Brooklyn. He worked for about one year as a pipefitter before going into the service in 1943.
In his interview, Charles Rocoff (1923- ) explains his job as a pipefitter (plumber) for the ships at the Navy Yard, for which he primarily worked on repairs. He noticed that the British ships that he worked on were much dirtier than the American ships he repaired. Rocoff also talks about working with asbestos, training, security at the Yard and his coworkers. Interview conducted by Jennifer Egan.
The Brooklyn Navy Yard oral history collection is comprised of over fifty interviews of men and women who worked in or around the Brooklyn Navy Yard, primarily during World War II. The narrators discuss growing up in New York, their work at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, their relationships with others at the Yard, gender relations and transportation to and from work. Many narrators bring up issues of ethnicity, race, and religion at the Yard or in their neighborhoods. Several people describe the launching of the USS Missouri battleship and recall in detail their daily tasks at the Yard (as welders, office workers and ship fitters). While the interviews focus primarily on experiences in and around the Yard, many narrators go on to discuss their lives after the Navy Yard, relating stories about their careers, dating and marriage, children, social activities, living conditions and the changes that took place in Manhattan and Brooklyn during their lifetimes.
CitationRocoff, Charles, 1923-, Oral history interview conducted by Jennifer Egan, July 24, 2006, Brooklyn Navy Yard oral history collection, 2010.003.038; Brooklyn Historical Society.
- New York Naval Shipyard
- Rocoff, Charles, 1923-
- Naval ships
- Plumbing systems
- Security systems
- Work environment
- World War, 1939-1945
- Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
- Williamsburg (New York, N.Y.)
Finding AidBrooklyn Navy Yard oral history collection