San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Steam Donkey Engine
The name donkey comes from there fact that the engines replaced horses as a power source for cargo handling. The term was also applied to similar engine and boiler units carried aboard ship.
Donkey engines were also employed in construction work and in industries such as lumbering and mining. This engine was used until 1968 aboard a derrick barge belonging to the Port of Oakland.
Built: c. 1920, St. Paul, Minnesota
Builder: American Hoist and Derrick Company
Engine Type - 2 cylinder horizontal
Winch Type - Double friction drum
Erected by U.S. Department of the Interior. National Park Service, San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park.
Location. 37° 48.475′ N, 122° 25.248′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker can be reached from Hyde Street near Jefferson Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2950 Hyde Street, San Francisco CA 94109, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers Triple-Expansion Steam Engine (a few steps from this marker); San Francisco Bay "Ark" (a few steps from this marker); The South End Rowing Club (within shouting distance of this marker); Hyde Street Pier (within shouting distance of this marker); Sanitation at Sea (within shouting distance of this marker); The Dolphin Swimming and Boating Club (within shouting distance of this marker); Propellers from Klamath (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Tubbs Cordage Building (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
More about this marker. The steam donkey engine, part of the San Francisco Maritime Nation Historical Park, is located on the Hyde Street Pier at the bottom of Hyde Street.
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 10, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 9, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 136 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 9, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. 3. submitted on March 10, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.