Of this stretch, Eugene Leache writes:
"One major industry at Curtis Bay was the Standard Wholesale Phosphate and Acid Works,
which during the 1930's and 1940's was the largest contact-process sulphuric acid plant
in the world. It would become merged into Olin Mathieson Chemical Corporation in the
1950's. As the plant's technology gradually became antiquated, it became increasingly
uneconomical to run, and the plant was shutdown in the 1980's (as I recall). My father
worked there from the late 1930's until the 1980's, less 5 years spent in the army,
including service in the Pacific Theatre of WWII. He retired with the salubrious title
of 'Superintendent of the Acid Works'.
"The plant's main office was at 5501 Pennington Ave - I assume that the chemical works
were in close proximity. Although my memories are hazy, I recall my father talking
about railcars - and it seems reasonable that some feedstocks were shipped in by rail -
though I know that liquified sulphur was also brought in by marine tanker. And I
imagine that finished chemical products would likely have been shipped out by rail as well.
"The plant also produced agricultural fertilizers: I don't know if bulk product was
shipped, but bagged fertilizer was, and it would have been a candidate for rail
shipment as well. Notes:
- "1. Standard Wholesale Phosphate and Acid Works was owned by George Armistead
Whiting, a direct descendent of Major George Armistead, who commanded Fort McHenry
against the British in 1812.
- "2. Re liquified sulphur shipments: the plant either had been serviced by and/or
was scheduled to be serviced by the tanker Marine Sulphur Queen, lost with all hands
off the coast of Florida in February 1963."
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