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Portsmouth, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Norfolk Naval Shipyard

“Hammerhead Crane”

 

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Norfolk Naval Shipyard Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 1, 2014
1. Norfolk Naval Shipyard Marker
Inscription. Built between December 1939 and June 1940, this 20-story crane can lift 350 tons. The Hammerhead is the largest crane of its type in the world. Its uses have included lifting a tugboat from the water, hoisting 16-inch gun turrets onto battleships and removing a superstructure from a Liberty Ship. The small crane atop the Hammerhead can lift 25 tons and is used primarily for repair of the main Hammerhead crane. This Portsmouth landmark is still used today for various assignments.

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(left) Hammerhead crane 110 easily loaded this tug on the USS Tarheel Mariner in April 1953.
(center) Hammerhead crane 110 hoists a 16-inch gun turret destined for action aboard the battleship Alabama.
(right) The guided missile cruiser Long Beach, the first nuclear powered surface warship in the world, arrived at NNSY in January 1964 for a post-shakedown availability.
 
Location. 36° 49.663′ N, 76° 17.823′ W. Marker is in Portsmouth, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Lincoln Street east of 3rd Street, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Located in Gosport Park. Marker is in this post office area: Portsmouth VA 23704, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard
Norfolk Naval Shipyard Markers image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, September 1, 2014
2. Norfolk Naval Shipyard Markers
(a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (within shouting distance of this marker); Sail portion of the USS Thomas Jefferson (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Norfolk Naval Shipyard (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Portsmouth.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 389 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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