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Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Portal Gantry Crane No. 42, Pier 5, Farragut Avenue, Bremerton, Kitsap County, WA



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Item Title


Location
Farragut Avenue, Bremerton, WA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER WA-116-F
National Register Number: 92001883
Significance: Is it a contributing member of the industrial yard designated as a National Historic Landmark District. As 1 of 15 original portal gantry cranes at PSNS that served the U.S. Navy fleet, this crane represents a pivotal moment in America's response to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Because it was uniquely equipped to accommodate the largest members of the fleet, and especially those returning from the assault at Pearl harbor, the shipyard played a central role in the Navy's response to Japanese forces. One the 6 U.S. vessels that survived the Pearl Harbor attack, 5 were taken to PSNS for repairs. The role of the shipyard in reviving damaged ships, and building and outfitting new ones was key to the Allied victory in the Pacific during WWII. In addition, unlike most naval shipyards, nearly all of the major ship repair and ship building facilities at the PSNS are served by an interconnected system of rail track on which the cranes travel, providing greater flexibility in the distribution and arrangement of the cranes.

Subjects
War (World War II)
Gantry Cranes
Shipyards


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
Context view of crane on Pier 5
Back view of machinery house and gantry
Front view of gantry and machine house
Upper view of machinery house
Upper machinery house with full view of boom
View of crane operator's cab
View of Cummins diesel engine (replaced earlier Hercules and Murphy engines)
View of main hoist wire rope drum and brakes, open contact boards are in view at the far right wall
View of boom hoist, motor, and brakes, open contact boards are in view behind


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