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I was aware that Bethlehem had a huge shipyard in Sparrows Point, MD. This post taught me that they also had one in San Francisco.
James Torgeson posted
In this September 1966 view, the first of 57 300’ sections of BART’s Transbay Tunnel rests on a way at the Bethlehem Steel San Francisco Yard.
The ancestor company, Union Brass & Iron Works, was founded in 1849. They started with agricultural, railroad and mining equipment. In 1883 they moved to the Pier 70 area on land reclaimed from the bay. "In 1905, the 40-acre shipyard was purchased by Bethlehem Steel for $1 million." BAE bought the Bethlehem assets.
Union Iron Works - 1890s (photo: UC Berkeley Geography Dept.)
Pier 70 Drydocks Sunrise (photo: Emil Flock)
Pier 70 Drydocks & Cranes (photo Ralph Wilson)
Birdseye View - 1916 (?) (Graphic courtesy of The Ramp restaurant)
Drydock - World War II (Photo: UIW/Bethlehem)
I'm saving a satellite image because it is not clear how much of the shipyard is still operational. There were no ships present when this satellite went over.
An "about" page said that BAE was still operational. But I could not find a date on that page. It is obvious that the permanent dry dock is no longer used because only the towers for the cranes exist. But I see that the cranes further from the road are still intact.
Street View, Jan 2021
This article first appeared on towns-and-nature.blogspot.com
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