San Framcisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Steam Tug Hercules
Built on the East Coast for the Shipowners and Merchant Tugboat Company. Hercules made her maiden voyage of 13,500 miles around the tip of South America, towing the Goliah, a sistership.
Until 1923 Hercules ranged the West Coast from Alaska to Panama, with tows including sailing vessels (the C.A. Thayer among them), log rafts and barges.
Hercules worked on the bay from 1924 until 1962, towing railroad barges for Western Pacific. Her strong steel hull and reliable triple-expansion engine assured her a long and useful life.
Built: 1907, Camden, New Jersey
Builder: John H. Dialogue and Son
Length Overall - 139 feet
Beam - 26 feet
Gross Tonnage - 409
Erected by U.S. Department of the Interior. National Park Service, San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park.
Location. 37° 48.587′ N, 122° 25.334′ W. Marker is in San Framcisco, California 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. Towing in the Open Ocean (here, next to this marker); Workin' on the Railroad (here, next to this marker); The Deckhouse (a few steps from this marker); The Cathead... (a few steps from this marker); The Half-Deck (a few steps from this marker); The Forecastle... (a few steps from this marker); Ship Balclutha (within shouting distance of this marker); Balclutha (within shouting distance of this marker).
More about this marker. The steam tug Hercules, part of the San Francisco Maritime Nation Historical Park, is located on the Hyde Street Pier at the bottom of Hyde Street.
Also see . . . Hercules (1907) - Wikipedia. For the first part of her life, Hercules was an oceangoing tug. Because of the prevailing northwest winds, sailing ships often employed Hercules and her sisters on journeys north up the coast from San Francisco. For example, in 1916, Hercules towed C.A. Thayer to Port Townsend, Washington. On return trips back down the coast, Hercules (Submitted on March 7, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
Categories. • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on March 7, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 7, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 127 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 7, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.