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

"It was a real workhorse." — Jim Cannon, Marketing Director, Levin-Richmond Terminal Corp (HM1SCI)

Location: Richmond, CA 94804 Contra Costa County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 54.305', W 122° 21.912'

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Whirley Crane

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
Placed ByNational Park Service, U.S. Department of Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 555805 N 4195473
Decimal Degrees37.90508333, -122.36520000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 54.305', W 122° 21.912'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 54' 18.3" N, 122° 21' 54.72" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)415, 510
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Shipyard 3 Trail, Richmond CA 94804, US
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