"Herman the German" Floating Crane


Long Beach shipyard. The crane, US Navy designation YD-171, was one of three taken after WWII from Germany. Largest floating cranes in the world at that time. Of the three cranes only one survived to be put in service. The Russians disassembled theirs to transport and never could figure out how to put it back together. The British decided to tow theirs across the English channel where it sunk.

The remaining crane was setup in Long Beach Navel shipyard and used until the shipyard closed in 1997. Now belongs to Panama and is used to lift the lock gates out of the water for service.

Photo along side the USS Missouri.

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