Hammerhead

Hammerhead Crane

Hammerhead Crane

This image is the Hammerhead Crane located at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, WA.

The Hammerhead Crane served the fleet during World War II but was primarily designed to handle large 14- and 16-inch guns of battleships and heavy cruisers. The crane also had a role in the installation of aircraft carrier elevators to handle F-14s and other major structural modifications.

The crane continued to support the fleet well into the nuclear age and was used to transport nuclear fuel via cargo shipments between Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and PSNS. It was used in active production until April 1996 when it entered a period of refurbishment and preservation as a national historic landmark.