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Steam Tug HERCULES, Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco, San Francisco County, CA



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B&W Photos

HB131930
Starboard Profile At Pier 1.

HB131931
View Off Starboard Bow.

HB131932
Starboard View From Off Stem Quarter.

HB131933
Stern View.

HB131934
Port Bow Showing Wheelhouse.

HB131935
Port Side Of Cabin Showing Stack And Wheelhouse, Looking Forward.

HB131936
Port Side Elevation Of Wheelhouse And Stack.

HB131937
View Looking Down On Foredeck From Wheelhouse Showing Crucifix Bitt And Anchor Windlass.

HB131938
Detail Of Anchor Windlass With Crucifix Bitt And Jack-staff Socket Flag Pole Holder Beyond.

HB131939
Detail Of Anchor Windlass And Anchor.

HB131940
View Looking Aft At Wheelhouse.

HB131941
Top Of Stack View Aft, Starboard Side.

HB131942
Stack Detail, View Aft, Port Side.

HB131943
View Looking Forward Toward Stack From Stern, Mizzenmast In Foreground.

HB131944
View Looking Forward At Deckhouse, Towing Room Just Forward Of Wooden Platform.

HB131945
Steam Powered Towing Winch.

HB131946
After Deck Showing Towing Bitt.

HB131947
Interior Of Wheelhouse Looking Forward.

HB131948
Crew's Mess, Deck House, Forward

HB131949
Galley, Located In Deck House Just Aft Of Crew's Mess.

HB131950
Crew's Forecastle, Located In Bow Beneath The Foredeck.

HB131951
Upper Engine Room, Looking Forward From Starboard Side At Triple Expansion Engine.

HB131952
Upper Engine Room, Looking Aft.

HB131953
Crankshafts, Starboard Side.

HB131954
Detail Of Cranks.

HB131955
Engine Water Jacket, Port Side.

HB131956
Cylinder Head With Machine Toolroom Beyond.

HB131957
Machine Toolroom, Aft Of Upper Engine Room.

HB131958
Scotch Boiler, Lower Engine Room, With Harry Morgan (former Chief Engineer For American President Lines).

HB131959
Hold Looking Forward, Water Tank To Right.

HB131960
Anchor Windlass Drive Motor, Lower Wheelhouse, Port Side.

HB131961
View Of Framing In Stern Section.


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Item Title


Location
Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER CA-62
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N104).
Building/structure dates: 1907 initial construction
National Register Number: 75000225
Significance: The Steam Tug HERCULES is a National Historic Landmark, significant as the only oceangoing steam tug on the West Coast. Typical in the early 20th century, this steam tug hauled log floats, large ships, and other disabled vessels. Her triple expansion steam engine is in operating condition and she steams San Francisco Bay as a floating exhibition. At the time of her construction in 1907, HERCULES represented the state of the art in the construction of steam powered tugboats. The vessel currently tied to Hyde Street Pier is little different from when she was launched and stands as a well-preserved model of early twentieth century maritime technology. Beyond her significance as representative of a technological age, HERCULES is important because she and the vessels she towed were a crucial part of the nation's West Coast development.

Subjects
Tugboats
Exhibitions
Towing


Related Names
Shipowners & Merchants Towboat Company
John Dialogue & Son
GOLIAH, Sister Ship
Western Pacific Railroad
Gray, Capt. William J.
Hanell, W.
Miles, Ted, Field Team
Porter, Marc, Historian
Lowe, Jet, Photographer
Lockett, Dana, Delineator


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. Starboard profile at Pier 1.
2. View off starboard bow.
3. Starboard view from off stem quarter.
4. Stern view.
5. Port bow showing wheelhouse.
6. Port side of cabin showing stack and wheelhouse, looking forward.
7. Port side elevation of wheelhouse and stack.
8. View looking down on foredeck from wheelhouse showing crucifix bitt and anchor windlass.
9. Detail of anchor windlass with crucifix bitt and jack-staff socket flag pole holder beyond.
10. Detail of anchor windlass and anchor.
11. View looking aft at wheelhouse.
12. Top of stack view aft, starboard side.
13. Stack detail, view aft, port side.
14. View looking forward toward stack from stern, mizzenmast in foreground.
15. View looking forward at deckhouse, towing room just forward of wooden platform.
16. Steam powered towing winch.
17. After deck showing towing bitt.
18. Interior of wheelhouse looking forward.
19. Crew's mess, deck house, forward. From left to right, volunteers Larry Boucher and Maggie Lindley, deckhand Bruce Vanvick, and volunteer Harry Morgan.
20. Galley, located in deck house just aft of crew's mess.
21. Crew's forecastle, located in bow beneath the foredeck.
22. Upper engine room, looking forward from starboard side at triple expansion engine.
23. Upper engine room, looking aft.
24. Crankshafts, starboard side.
25. Detail of cranks.
26. Engine water jacket, port side.
27. Cylinder head with machine toolroom beyond.
28. Machine toolroom, aft of upper engine room.
29. Scotch boiler, lower engine room, with Harry Morgan (former Chief Engineer for American President Lines).
30. Hold looking forward, water tank to right.
31. Anchor windlass drive motor, lower wheelhouse, port side.
32. View of framing in stern section.
33. BOW VIEW OF HULL.
34. PORT BOW PROFILE OF HULL.
35. PORT HULL VIEW.
36. STERN VIEW OF HULL, RUDDER AND PROPELLER.
37. PORT STERN VIEW OF HULL, RUDDER AND PROPELLER.
38. STARBOARD HULL VIEW FROM ASTEARN.
39. HALF-HULL MODEL 3/4 VIEW FROM BOW, PHOTOGRAMMETRIC IMAGE.
40. HALF-HULL MODEL PROFILE VIEW, PHOTOGRAMMETRIC IMAGE.
41. HALF-HULL MODEL AND OWNER (Bill Chapman), PHOTOGRAMMETRIC IMAGE.
42. HALF-HULL MODEL MEASURING SYSTEM (Mark Starr), PHOTOGRAMMETRIC IMAGE.
43. MOUNTED REMAINS OF CHRISTENING BOTTLE, PHOTOGRAMMETRIC IMAGE.
44. MOUNTED CHRISTENING BOTTLE AND OWNER (Bill Chapman), PHOTOGRAMETRIC IMAGE.


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