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Richmond in Contra Costa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

"It was a real workhorse." -- Jim Cannon, Marketing Director, Levin-Richmond Terminal Corp

Whirley Crane

 
 
<i>"It was a real workhorse."</i> -- Jim Cannon, Marketing Dir., Levin-Richmond Terminal Corp Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 19, 2016
1. "It was a real workhorse." -- Jim Cannon, Marketing Dir., Levin-Richmond Terminal Corp Marker
Inscription. Whirley cranes were an essential part of Richmond Shipyard's manufacturing capabilities during World War II. Named for the turret's ability to rotate (whirl) 360 degrees, the cranes could handle massive amounts of steel - lifting and moving large prefabricated components into place during the assembly of ships.
Two to four whirley cranes could work in unison to hoist even larger loads. Moving on rails placed thirty-two feet apart that ran parallel to shipways and basins, whirley cranes helped speed the production of ships.
Today, this 114-ton crane serves as a reminder of the industrial might required for home front war production.

Whirley Crane Specification

Boom Length -- 110 feet
Weight -- 229,000 lbs.
Lifting Capacity -- 166,000 lbs.
Original Cost -- $32,000
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of Interior.
 
Location. 37° 54.305′ N, 122° 21.912′ W. Marker is in Richmond, California, in Contra Costa County. Marker can be reached from Canal Boulevard, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. This marker is on the dock next to the S.S. Red Oak Victory. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1298 Canal Boulevard, Richmond CA 94804, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
The whirley crane and marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 19, 2016
2. The whirley crane and marker
S.S. Red Oak Victory in the background.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "I was truly there and did my part to the end." -- Addie Mae Cance, former shipyard worker (a few steps from this marker); "Victory ships were a bigger, complicated ship." (a few steps from this marker); Dynamic Wartime Port (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Ford Assembly Building (approx. half a mile away); The Home Front Legacy (approx. half a mile away); War Boomtown (approx. 0.6 miles away); Wartime Changes (approx. 0.6 miles away); Clay, Kilns & Brick (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWar, World II
 
The whirley crane and S.S. Red Oak Victory in the background image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 19, 2016
3. The whirley crane and S.S. Red Oak Victory in the background
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 24, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 155 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 24, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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