The Ulen Contracting Company purchased the Alice M. Colburn, a 1,600-ton four-masted sailing schooner, to deliver construction supplies for its South American contracts. The ship was 225 feet long and made of yellow pine, copper and iron. An image of the Alice M. Colburn was even used for a St. Maarten postage stamp. The ship made two successful trips for the company, but the idea proved to be short-lived.
On January 3, 1923, as it was heading to Norfolk, Virginia, the ship struck Great Egg Rock off the coast off Coolidge Point, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts. All ten crew members were rescued by the Coast Guard, but the ship eventually broke up and sank on the following day.
Additional information can be found at https://www.mass.gov/service-details/alice-m-colburn.
Alice M. Colburn
The Shandaken Tunnel was built by the Ulen Contracting Company in a lightening-fast 10 years (a replacement tunnel started 50 years ago is still unfinished today). The 18-mile long tunnel connects two reservoirs and still provides 9 million New York City residents with water. Water is gravity propelled and aerated along the tunnel route. Historical photos of the tunnel can be found at https://www.hmdb.org/m.asp?m=147277.
The New York Department of Environmental Protection recently rehabilitated the tunnel's intake chamber, a $47 million dollar project. Information and current photos (as well as a great video) can be seen at https://buildingfacts.com/shandaken-tunnel-intake-chamber/.