Thursday, April 22, 2010

Skywatch Friday: Port of Oakland

This shot was taken at Shoreline Park where the Estuary meets the Bay.  We're looking southeast, with the Oakland Hills in the far background.  The Port of Oakland is huge.  Larger and larger cranes are being brought in to handle the container traffic.  Last year they brought in the largest crane ever to help lift a piece of the new section (Oakland side) of the Bay Bridge.  This construction is finally replacing the side of the bridge deemed unsafe after the 1989 earthquake.  (Best not to rush into anything, right?).  The latest rain storm has passed and we are expecting a few days of dry, pleasant weather.

12 comments:

  1. Nice sky and picture. This gonna be a bridge? Wish you a nice weekend:-)

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  2. I love the angle of this shot. It makes for a wonderful view of the beautiful skies above.

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  3. On the other side of the States
    we have the same cranes...
    thousands of containers..
    And also those wonderful Spring skies ,clear of the humidity!!

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  4. This is a great shot: big sky, industry made into art, lovely sweep of metal structure.

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  5. Containerized cargo was essentially an innovation of the Matson Steamship Company. The first cargo crane began service in 1958 at the foot of 7th Street in the Port of Oakland, and is still in use today. The stubborn and often violent resistance by the Longshoremen's Union in San Francisco to containerization meant that Matson and American President Lines all but closed their San Francisco operations and move to Oakland. As a port, San Francisco has never recovered, but Oakland boomed.

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  6. Oh that is a fabulous shot of the bridge and sky. Lovely.

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  7. Looks like a "Big Sky" kind of day!

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  8. I like the calm water. Look a lot like the section near Oakland airport.

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  9. This is beautifully composed!

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  10. I love this ! I drive by this quite frequently, and even stopped there once for a job interview for the government.

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  11. Those cranes are so impressive aren't they!

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