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Containership Newark (model)

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Containership Newark (model)
Smithsonian Institution, Photo by Richard Strauss, Negative #: 2003-27979


This object appears in the following sections:

Transforming the Waterfront: San Francisco and Oakland, California, 1960–1970
Transforming the Waterfront: San Francisco and Oakland, California, 1960–1970 — The Container System

Sea-Land dock

Sea-Land intermodal transport

Containership Newark (model)
Catalog #: 329,680, Accession #: 283,578
Currently on display
From the Smithsonian Collection
The model was donated to the Smithsonian in 1969 and was displayed in the Hall of American Maritime Enterprise until 2002, when it was removed for installation in "America on the Move."
Physical Description
Model. The model is 1/8" scale and measures 66" L x 9" W x 17 1/2" H. It shows the containership Newark loaded with standard shipping containers stacked on deck. The stack of the ship is marked with the Sea-Land insignia and the containers are all marked with the Sea-Land logo.
Date Made:
Dates Used:
California, Delaware, Texas
Sea-Land Service, Inc.
Built as a C-4 troopship by the Kaiser Co., Inc., at Richmond, California, in 1945, the vessel was launched as the General H. B. Freeman. In 1968 it was owned by the Containership Chartering Service, of Wilmington, Delaware, and converted to a containership at Todd Shipyards Corporation, in Galveston, Texas. Renamed Newark, it joined a fleet of "trailerships" operated by Sea-Land Service, Inc., for hauling freight. The reference to "trailers" reflects the background of Sea-Land's founder, trucking entrepreneur Malcom McLean, whose early experiments with loading truck trailers on ships are acknowledged as the advent of modern intermodal, containerized transportation.

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