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General Dynamics Corporation Shipyard, American Revolver Crane, 97 East Howard Street, Quincy, Norfolk County, MA



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Location
97 East Howard Street, Quincy, MA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER MA-26-I
Building/structure dates: 1941 initial construction
Significance: Located on Pier 2, the oldest and primary outfitting pier in the shipyard, Structure 25S, a 37.5-ton American Revolver Crane, is significant for its association with the upgrading of the Quincy-Fore River Shipyard (since 1964, the General Dynamics Corporation Shipyard) for World War II shipbuilding. The Bethlehem Shipbuilding Company's Quincy-Fore River Shipyard built 92 naval vessels during the war period, including large battleships and aircraft carriers that required large cranes such as the American Revolver Crane. This crane was erected for outfitting completed hulls with superstructure and deck equipment. The crane is an example of mid-twentieth-century shipyard crane engineering designed by a leading American materials handling equipment builder.

Subjects
War (World War II)
Gantry Cranes
Boat & Ship Industry


Related Names
American Hoist & Derrick Company
Massachusetts Water Resource Authority
Bethlehem Shipbuilding Company
Bendix-Westinghouse Air Brake Company
Worthington Corporation
Electric Controller Manufacturing Company
Brewster, Robert, Photographer
Adams, Virginia H., Historian
Kierstead, Matthew A., Historian


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

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