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1 SAVING WHIRLEY CRANE CW 3204 “WE CAN DO IT” WHIRLEY CRANE RESCUE TEAM

2 In November 2005, Whirley Crane CW 3204 was moved to Shipyard #3 and became an icon of Rosie the Riveter/ World War II Home Front National Historical Park.

3 WHAT IS A WHIRLEY CRANE? A versatile crane that can rotate 360 degrees

4 WHIRLEY CRANE CW 3204 1935 – Built by Clyde Iron Works, Inc., of Duluth, MN for Mason- Walsh-Atkinson-Kier Co. 1935 - Shipped to Washington for construction of the Grand Coulee Dam

5 WHIRLEY CRANE CW 3204 1941 - Relocated to Todd California Shipbuilding Corp. (later Kaiser) in Richmond, California 1998 – Retired by Levin Terminals after 63 years of service

6 WHY IS IT IMPORTANT? LAST SURVIVING WHIRLEY CRANE FROM RICHMOND WW II KAISER SHIPYARDS IMPORTANT PIECE OF WW II HOME FRONT HISTORY PART OF ROSIE THE RIVETER WW II HOME FRONT NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK

7 The Kaiser Company used the Whirley cranes to speed up production.

8 The cranes lifted the massive PRE-ASSEMBLED sections into place.

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11 Prior to 1940, the average time to build a cargo ship was one year.

12 The Richmond Kaiser Shipyards hold the record for the fastest construction of a cargo ship during World War II.

13 The Robert E Perry: 4 days 15 hours

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15 The Cranes were the most recognizable symbol of the Kaiser Richmond Shipyards

16 Shipyard #2 under construction

17 Whirley Crane 3204 Came from Shipyard #1, and may have helped to build the Red Oak Victory

18 RED OAK VICTORY, RICHMOND CA Rosie the Riveter WW II Home Front National Historical Park

19 CHALLENGES CRANE WEIGHS 200 TONS ONLY ONE CRANE IN CALIFORNIA LARGE ENOUGH TO LIFT ONTO A BARGE RAILS AT DESTINATION ARE 30 INCHES NARROWER THAN EXISTING RAILS NEW FOUNDATION REQUIRED UNDER ONE NEW RAIL

20 NEW FOUNDATION IN HISTORIC DRYDOCK GALLERIES

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25 Josephine, “the Hook” WW II Crane Operator A “Rosie”

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27 Another “Rosie”

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31 More “Rosies”

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40 THANKS TO: Rosie the Riveter Trust National Park Service City of Richmond Dozens of businesses and private citizens who contributed $130,000 in cash and services to make it happen


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