Monday, January 10, 2011

Palomar History Photo of the Week - Our Ship Comes In

Let's try to catch up on our History Photo of the Week by posting a few shots from January 13, 1936 when our ship came in.

Here is the Nevadan with a tug boat bringing it into the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, California:

On board in a cargo hold is a delivery from Baldwin-Southwark Corp in Eddystone, Pennsylvania of an item made by Babcock & Wilcox Company.

The big round crate contains what will be the mirror cell for the 200-inch mirror. Just to give you a sense of scale you can see a portion of two cars in the hold on the left.

It was removed from the ship and lifted on to a trailer for transportation to Caltech:

Here is the arrival of the trailer as it is backed in from California Boulevard and into the optical shop at Caltech:

1 comment:

Eroica said...

I love the images, but what catches my eye is something irrelevant to the mirror. In the left background of the photo of the ship docking in San Pedro is what appears to be a coaling dock. Prior to WWI, most ships were powered by coal, but during & after the war there was a rapid changeover to oil.