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Sea-Land Intermodal Transport

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Sea-Land Intermodal Transport


This object appears in the following sections:

Making the Exhibition
Container Back Story — East Coast / West Coast

Sea-Land dock

Containership Newark (model)

Sea-Land intermodal transport
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From the Smithsonian Collection
This graphic was published in a 1966 brochure, "The Sea-Land Story," to illustrate the intermodal and global transportation services available from Sea-Land. It shows Sea-Land trailers (containers) on busy streets in the Far East, California, Florida, the Caribbean, and Europe. Sea-Land Service, Inc. was a subsidiary of McLean Industries, Inc., the company founded by Malcom McLean.
Physical Description
Brochure graphic
Date Made:
Dates Used:
1966 - 1966

Sea-Land Service, Inc. began as a subsidiary of McLean Industries, Inc., the company founded by trucking executive Malcom McLean. McLean is credited with developing the first modern intermodal freight operation. In 1956 he loaded truck trailers (containers) onto a ship and sent them by water to a distant port. There, they were lifted onto trucks for overland transport to their final destinations. This "truck-water-truck" concept eliminated the need to handle the freight inside the containers multiple times and resulted in significantly lower transportation costs. By 1966, Sea-Land boasted the world's largest fleet of container ships, had over 18,000 containers in service, and served 22 ports in the U.S., Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic, Okinawa, and Europe.

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