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Landmark Propeller Delivered to Cal Maritime Campus

Photo courtesy California Maritime Academy

On August 26, Cal Maritime will receive and install a massive 18-ton, 18 ft wide brass ship’s propeller which for many years was a landmark of San Francisco’s downtown business district.  The exact delivery time of this unit awaits final clearances by CA Highway Patrol because of the size of the load For several decades, the entrance to the San Francisco office building at 100 Spear Street has been graced by an eye-catching display…..a highly-polished brass ship propeller.  This 18-ton piece of “commercial art” was a natural, as the building was home to many offices of ocean carriers serving the West Coast.  With industry consolidation, the number of maritime-related offices in the building dwindled.  The owners are preparing for a major remodeling to attract a new clientele and those plans called for removal of the propeller.  They began looking for a new home for it and Cal Maritime was approached as a potential recipient.  After detailed discussions, we agreed to accept the gift, but then had to decide where to locate it and construct a solid base capable of supporting its massive weight. Because of its dimensions, the propeller had to be trucked to campus via the southern end of San Francisco Bay and then back north to Vallejo.   The Carquinez Bridge next to campus is the only span in the Bay area with sufficient clearance for the wide load.


Cal Maritime Installs Massive Ship Propeller Display

Photo courtesy Cal Maritime

On August 26 Cal Maritime received and installed a massive 18-ton, 18-ft wide brass ship’s propeller which for many years was a landmark of San Francisco’s downtown business district. For several decades, the entrance to the San Francisco office building at 100 Spear Street has been graced by an eye-catching display … a highly-polished brass ship propeller.  This 18-ton piece of “commercial art” was a natural






 
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