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1920 Moving the World's Cargo

 
 
1920 Moving the World's Cargo Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, December 21, 2020
1. 1920 Moving the World's Cargo Marker
Inscription.  Oakland built the 9th Avenue Terminal to load and unload break-bulk cargo – goods packed in individual crates, barrels, and bags, rather than in standardized containers. It's a method of shipping that requires a lot of manpower, and for decades after the big shipping boom of the 1920s, it was standard operating procedure. That is, until 1956, when a businessman named Malcolm McLean shipped 58 35-foot metal containers from Newark to Houston. Just two years later, in the Pacific, Matson Navigation Company followed suit, sending a shipment of containers from Alameda to Honolulu.

As containerized shipping took off, the gains in efficiency were enormous. Ships that used to spend three weeks at port could now spend just 18 hours, and containers could go straight from a ship to a truck or railroad car. For the 9th Avenue Terminal, the beginning of containerization meant a slow decline in relevance.
 
Erected 2020.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 37° 

1920 Moving the World's Cargo Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, December 21, 2020
2. 1920 Moving the World's Cargo Marker - wide view
The marker is visible here between the second and third large windows on the west side of the former terminal.
47.209′ N, 122° 15.349′ W. Marker is in Oakland, California, in Alameda County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of 9th Avenue and Clinton Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 288 9th Avenue, Oakland CA 94606, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1930 Where the World Comes to Oakland (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The History of the Site of the Shade Tree (approx. 0.3 miles away); Water & Rails / Brooklyn Basin (approx. half a mile away); Church of St. James the Apostle (approx. 0.6 miles away); Early Harbor (approx. 0.7 miles away); History of the Alameda Belt Line (approx. ¾ mile away); Jean Sweeney - Alameda's "Little Engine That Could" (approx. ¾ mile away); Cryer & Sons (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oakland.
 
Also see . . .  9th Avenue Terminal (Oakland Wiki). (Submitted on December 22, 2020.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 22, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 41 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 22, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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Feb. 25, 2021