“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Oakland in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Charles P. Howard Terminal

Charles P. Howard Terminal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 9, 2014
1. Charles P. Howard Terminal Marker
Captions: Charles P. Howard Terminal, 2005 (top, left); Howard Terminal coal bunkers, 1936 (center) Refrigerated container; Ventilated container (bottom row).
The marine terminal you are facing is the easternmost of the Port of Oakland’s container shipping facilities. Howard Terminal is operated as a joint venture of SSA Terminals and Matson Navigation Company, the principal carrier of containerized freight and automobiles between the West Coast and Hawaii, Guam, and the Mid-Pacific. Equipped with three articulated boom cranes and one low-profile crane, the terminal can accommodate two containerships. It covers 50.3 acres and can handle approximately 120,000 containers.

What’s in a Container?
Containerships traveling to Hawaii and other Pacific island ports carry a wide variety of consumer goods: fresh and frozen food, manufactured goods, clothing, electronics, automobiles, heavy equipment, and machinery. On the return trip, ships typically carry used automobiles, fresh pineapple, agricultural products (notably Maui Onions), cattle, and empty containers.

Early History
The original Howard Terminal, a private company founded in 1900, imported coal from Australia, England, Wales, China and British Columbia. The Oakland Gas Company (predecessor of P.G.&E.) used coal to make gas. After stevedores cleaned the cargo hold and lined it with burlap, they filled the ship with grain for the return voyage.

Unique Cargo
Howard Terminal
Charles P. Howard Terminal Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 9, 2014
2. Charles P. Howard Terminal Marker
This marker is the center marker of the three plaques in the photo.
is the only Oakland terminal that ships live animals. Cattle raised in Hawaii spend five days at sea in ventilated containers on their way to market in the continental U.S. Cattle first came to Hawaii in 1793 as a gift from Captain George Vancouver to King Kamehameha I.

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Charles P. Howard

At the age of 19, Charles P. Howard began working on the docks built by his father John L. Howard. He became head of Howard Terminal Company in 1920 and managed it until the Port of Oakland purchased the 16-acres terminal in 1978.
Erected by Port of Oakland.
Location. 37° 47.701′ N, 122° 16.789′ W. Marker is in Oakland, California, in Alameda County. Marker can be reached from Clay Street near Water Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Oakland CA 94607, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Evolution of a Marine Terminal (here, next to this marker); History of the Transbay Ferry (a few steps from this marker); USS Potomac (within shouting distance of this marker); The Port of Oakland (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jack London (about 700 feet away); Oakland's First Wharf (about 700 feet away); Origins of Oakland (about 700 feet away); Live Oak Lodge U.D (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oakland.
More about this marker. This marker is located at the Oakland Ferry Terminal in Jack London Square.
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 18, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 484 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 18, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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