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Steam Donkey Engine

 
 
Steam Donkey Engine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 4, 2017
1. Steam Donkey Engine Marker
Captions: (main photo) Green Street Wharf, San Francisco in the 1880s. Two donkeys are in operation.; (illustration, lower right) The Murray Brothers marine donkey engine, a type favored on the West Coast during the late 19th century.
Inscription. Donkey engines like this one were common along the waterfront from the 1880s into the 1920s. These portable steam winches were used as auxiliary power for loading and unloading cargo.
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.

BASIC FACTS:
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
Steam Donkey Engine and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 4, 2017
2. Steam Donkey Engine and Marker
are within walking distance of this marker. 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); The Tubbs Cordage Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tug Sea Fox (about 400 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 & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
Donkey Engine were also common in Lumber Camps image. Click for full size.
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3. Donkey Engine were also common in Lumber Camps
 
 
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 94 times since then. 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.
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