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Port of Oakland aerial, 1968
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Not a part of the official Smithsonian Collection
This photograph shows the Port of Oakland in 1968, when the Seventh Street Terminal was under construction. The dike and fill area extended out from the former Southern Pacific Mole. When completed, this complex supported the container handling operations of various shipping companies, including the Matson Navigation Company, which transferred its container business from San Francisco and Alameda in 1968. Rail and highway links are also visible in the background.
Physical Description
Date Made:
Dates Used:
1968 - 1968
Port of Oakland
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; it was undertaken when container operations had not yet proven to be the wave of the future in terms of global commerce. The Port's executive director, Ben E. Nutter, persuaded the Port Commissioners to build the facilities, despite a lack of tenants ready to lease the new space. When the area was completed, however, 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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