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Bethlehem Steel Shipyard Crane

1942

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, March 15, 2019
1. Bethlehem Steel Shipyard Crane Marker
Inscription. This crane was a fixture on Pier 3 of Bethlehem Steel's Key Highway Shipyard facility. It was one of three identical cranes used to repair war-damaged ships during World War II. The Bethlehem Steel Corporation acquired the Baltimore Dry Dock Company on Key Highway in 1921 and set it up as a repair facility to complement their ship building facility at Sparrows Point. During World War II the Key Highway yard repaired over 2,500 ships and employed 11,000 workers. The shipyard was also the first one in the country to "jumboize" an oil tanker by cutting the vessel in half and then adding a section in between, thereby increasing its capacity. The "Yards" served as the largest ship repair facility in the United States until their closing in 1982.

Weight 110 tons
Height 60 feet
Lift of Boom 90 feet
Lift Capacity 15 tons
Built by Clyde Iron Works, 1942
Model Whirley 17 DE 90

The former Key Highway Shipyard is now home to the Harborview Residential Community. This crane was donated to the Baltimore Musuem of Industry by the Harborview Limited Partnership and moved to the Museum in 1991. Accession # 1990.12.04

[Side of marker:]
The "whirley" crane located at the exit of the
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By Devry Becker Jones, March 15, 2019
2. Side of marker
Baltimore Museum of Industry was once located at Pier 3 of the Bethlehem Steel Key Highway Shipyard. It was referred to as a "whirley" crane because the turret could rotate 360 degrees.
 
Erected by The Baltimore Museum of Industry. (Marker Number 1.)
 
Location. 39° 16.448′ N, 76° 36.052′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker can be reached from Key Highway east of Boyle Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1415 Key Highway, Baltimore MD 21230, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hull of the Gov. R.M. McLane (here, next to this marker); Knabe Piano Factory Cupola (here, next to this marker); Steam Tug Baltimore (here, next to this marker); Working Point by David Hess (a few steps from this marker); Platt and Company Oyster Packers (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Platt and Company Oyster Packers (within shouting distance of this marker); Raymond R. Allen Court (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Look-Out (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
Bethlehem Steel Shipyard Crane Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, March 15, 2019
3. Bethlehem Steel Shipyard Crane Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 16, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 16, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 41 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 16, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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