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Ferryboat Eureka

 
 
Ferryboat <i>Eureka</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 4, 2017
1. Ferryboat Eureka Marker
Captions: (main photo) The Ukiah underway on the bay; ("walking beam" diagram, bottom right) A typical walking beam engine.
Inscription. Eureka was originally launched as the Ukiah, a rail car and passenger ferry. She ran between San Francisco and Tiburon for the San Francisco and Northern Pacific Railroad, later the Northwestern Pacific.
Between 1920 and 1922 Ukiah was totally rebuilt as the automobile ferry Eureka. She ran to Marin until 1941, and to Oakland until 1957, one of the last auto ferries on the bay.
Eureka's huge single cylinder "walking beam" engine is the last such engine afloat in this country. Technically outdated by the 1890s, these slow turning paddle engines remained popular for their simplicity and reliability.

BASIC FACTS:
Built: 1890, Tiburon, California
Builder: San Francisco and North Pacific Railroad, George Dickie, Contactor.
Length Overall - 299 feet , 6 inches
Beam Over Guards - 78 feet, 6 inches
Draft - 10 feet
Gross Tonnage - 2420
Engine Type - Single cylinder walking beam
 
Erected by U.S. Department of the Interior. National Park Service, San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park.
 
Location. 37° 48.542′ N, 122° 25.27′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker can be
Ferryboat <i>Eureka</i> image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 4, 2017
2. Ferryboat Eureka
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 are within walking distance of this marker. The Return of the C.A. Thayer (a few steps from this marker); Tug Sea Fox (a few steps from this marker); Hyde Street Pier Was Part of Highway 101 (a few steps from this marker); The Tubbs Cordage Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Petaluma's Sternwheel (within shouting distance of this marker); Schooner C.A. Thayer (within shouting distance of this marker); Sanitation at Sea (within shouting distance of this marker); Paddle Tug Eppleton Hall (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
More about this marker. The ferryboat Eureka, part of the San Francisco Maritime Nation Historical Park, is located on the Hyde Street Pier at the bottom of Hyde Street.
 
Also see . . .
1. Eureka (ferryboat) - Wikipedia. Although a number of large ferryboats survive in the US, Eureka is the only one with a wooden hull. She is one of the most impressive remaining examples of traditional American wooden shipbuilding...
Her walking beam engine was originally powered by coal-fired boilers
The automobile deck image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 4, 2017
3. The automobile deck
that were converted to oil in 1905. The engine was built in 1890 by the Fulton Iron Works in San Francisco. It is the only walking beam engine in the United States preserved in a floating vessel.
(Submitted on March 6, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

2. Sidewheeler ferryboat Eureka model - YouTube. A YouTube video of a working walking beam model on the Eureka. (Submitted on March 6, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
The passenger deck image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 4, 2017
4. The passenger deck
Ferryboat <i>Eureka</i> image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 4, 2017
5. Ferryboat Eureka
Ferryboat <i>Eureka</i> image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 4, 2017
6. Ferryboat Eureka
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 6, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 6, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 168 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 6, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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