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Crane 14

 
 
Crane 14 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 30, 2020
1. Crane 14 Marker
Inscription.  Crane 14 is an American Hoist & Derrick Co. 50-ton Whirley Crane, erected by the U.S. government in 1941 atop Slip 4 when the slip was rebuilt in 1941 for the vastly expanded World War II shipbuilding program. Crane 14 and 30 were nicknamed Nick and Nora, after the characters in the popular Thin Man films of the 1930s and 1940s.

Cranes were an integral part of the hull construction process for lifting heavy steel plates, and allowed for the use of prefabricated sub-assemblies. This changed the very layout and design of shipyard complexes during World War II.


 
Erected 2020 by Union Iron Works Historic District.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
 
Location. 37° 45.783′ N, 122° 23.207′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker can be reached from Illinois Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Francisco CA 94107, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Building 49 (within shouting distance of this marker); Yard Evolution: New Power and Production

Crane 14 Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 30, 2020
2. Crane 14 Marker - wide view
Although difficult to see here, the marker is attached to the railing directly beneath the crane.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Industrialization of the Shoreline (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ship Propeller Drive Shaft (about 300 feet away); Steel Lathe (about 400 feet away); Radial Drill Press (about 400 feet away); Peter R. Maloney (4th Street) Bridge (approx. 0.9 miles away); Juan Antonio Marichal Sanchez (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located (not so coincidentally) in Crane Cove Park (opened October 2020), directly
beneath the crane.
 
Crane 14 (from the north) image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 30, 2020
3. Crane 14 (from the north)
Crane 14 (from the south) image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 30, 2020
4. Crane 14 (from the south)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 5, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 47 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 5, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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