Connections Magazine

Winter 2015-2016

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Prented by: In 1939, Crowley purchased Shell Oil's bulk petroleum transportation assets and formed a company called United Towing to operate on San Francisco Bay and in Los Angeles Harbor. At the end of World War II, the company realized it needed to improve the efficiency of its petroleum-distribution network, so the company established subsidiary Oil Terminals Company to build and operate additional terminals in the area. After several years, Crowley undertook the first coastal transport of bulk petroleum to terminals by barge, from San Francisco Bay to Coos Bay, Ore. Following this successful pioneering move, Crowley built additional storage terminals along the Northern California coast and ordered construction of the company's first seagoing oil barge, Barge 11, completed in 1947. In the late 1940s the fleet grew steadily and coastal bulk petroleum transportation rapidly became a major business for Crowley that continues today. 1939 San Francisco, California

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