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Towing in the Open Ocean

Hercules' First Career, 1908-1924

 
 
Towing in the Open Ocean Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 4, 2017
1. Towing in the Open Ocean Marker
Captions: (background) Hercules tows the W.P. Pirrie, about 1910.; (upper left) Hercules towed log rafts from the Columbia River to San Diego.; (upper center) Hercules deckhand prepares to cast off the tow wire from a log raft at San Diego, about 1910.
Inscription. The Hercules was an "outside" tug built to live and pull in the open ocean. She could steam for 30 days or 8,000 miles without refueling, and her crew could travel from bow to stern without exposure to rough weather. Few West Coast boats could match Hercules' strength and stamina on ocean tows.
Between 1908 and 1924 Hercules towed sailing ships, schooners, disabled steamers, and heavy equipment (like dredges and dry-docks) to distant ports like Papeete, Tahiti, and Jacksonville Florida. In the early years, she moved ship-sized barges of crude oil to San Francisco Bay refineries. Later she towed massive cigar-shaped rafts of logs down the Coast to Southern California, and barges of coal from the Pacific Northwest to San Francisco.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 37° 48.589′ N, 122° 25.336′ 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 left 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. Workin' on the Railroad (here, next to this marker); Steam Tug Hercules
Towing in the Open Ocean Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 4, 2017
2. Towing in the Open Ocean Marker
The marker is on the right and the steam tug Hercules is in the background.
"Photos, text, and maps from a 2008 exhibit about Hercules."
(here, next to this marker); The Deckhouse (a few steps from this marker); The Half-Deck (a few steps from this marker); The Cathead... (a few steps from this marker); The Forecastle... (a few steps from this marker); Balclutha (within shouting distance of this marker); Ship Balclutha (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
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 . . .  The Labors of Hercules - National Park Service. This is a National Park Service exhibit shown at the San Francisco Maritime Nation Historical Park Visitors Center from July 2007 to Spring 2008. (Submitted on March 8, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 20, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 8, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 113 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 8, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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