Vulcan Saw Works

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The Vulcan Saw Works ca. 1884 from the New York Public Library Digital Collections
Survey of the Vulcan Saw Works, September, 1890. Image Courtesy of the Free Library of Philadelphia, Map Collection

A Brief history of the Vulcan Saw Works- 10th and Ainslie Streets, Brooklyn, E.D., NY

The building that would eventually house the Harvey W. Peace company was involved in saw making before Peace moved his operation to Brooklyn in 1863. The building burns to the ground at least twice.

Note: in the 1800’s Williamsburgh, Brooklyn, had its own street numbering system. Tenth Street was renamed Keap Street at some point, and the two are synonymous.

1850 Jos. A. RHODES, saw factory was established about 1850. Rhodes was one of the skilled workmen brought here by the elder R. Hoe, he died in 1860, succeeded by BOYD & RENTON.

1863 Harvey Peace moves his company to the Tenth and Ainslie location.

August 10,1870 As reported in the Aug. 10 Brooklyn Daily Eagle, at 4 o’clock this mornng, the saw factory of Harvey W. Peace was entirely consumed by flames. Damage was reported at $5, 000.

Sept. 3, 1871 Fire at The Harvey W. Peace saw factory. As reported by the Brooklyn Daily Eagle of Sept 4, 1871:

Fire– or the second time within a few months the saw factory of Mr. Harvey W. Peace in Ainsley Street, near Tenth Street, E. D., was partially destroyed by fire, the presence of which on the premises, was discovered at ten minuted before three o’clock, yesterday morning. All but one of the three buildings were one-story frame structures, two of which were as good a s burned up, a few posts of one only remaining in position, while the condition of the other was bu t little better, and will have to be entirely reconstructed. The fire originated in the tempering s hop around one of the furnaces, and the loss resulting is about $1,500, mainly on stock, which is covered by policies in three city companies, names not ascertained.