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Oakland aerial view

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Oakland aerial view
Matson Navigation Company

IN CONTEXT

This object appears in the following sections:


Making the Exhibition
Container Back Story — Creating the Scene

RELATED OBJECTS
Chart of San Francisco Bay


Port of Oakland aerial, 1968


Oakland aerial view
In collection
From the Smithsonian Collection
This aerial photograph shows the Matson container yard at the Port of Oakland in 1973. It is possible to see how the different components of the operation are arranged: container cranes, storage and transfer yards, roads, and rail links. This photograph was used as a reference for the mural in the "Transforming the Waterfront" section of "America on the Move."
Physical Description
Photograph
Details
Date Made:
1968
Dates Used:
about 1973 - about 1973
Locations:
California
Note:
Port of Oakland
Credit:
Matson Navigation Company
History
The 140-acre peninsula of the Port of Oakland that extends into San Francisco Bay is called the Seventh Street Terminal Area. It was constructed between 1965 and 1971 by extending a dike from the former terminus of the Southern Pacific Mole and filling it with dredged material. This project was something of a risk; when it was undertaken, container operations were still being developed and the Port of Oakland did not have tenants promising to lease the new space. However, when the area was completed, it was the largest facility for containerized shipping on the West Coast and housed three major terminals, including one for the Matson Navigation Company.

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