The 1973-74 winter marked the first winter that there were no freighters holed up in Buffalo for the season. That winter saw only one ship — the JF Schoellkopf Jr. — spending the winter in the Old First Ward for repairs and upgrades. The $150,000 project, however, was a big boost for Oldman Boiler Works, which had called Buffalo home since 1863.
The original Oldman site was sold to the city and demolished to make way for the Crossroads Arena (now First Niagara Center) project.
"Repair work on ship here bolster’s firms business"
"A coal stoker is hoisted out of the J.F. Schoellkopf Jr., which is having its boilers converted to oil-fired from coal by Oldman Boiler Works Inc."