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What do you feed a steaming donkey?

April 05, 2013 Posted by: Christine, Amy and Rejane

 What do you feed a steaming donkey? 

The donkey was up and steaming this past Wednesday. See for yourself

Come down to Hyde Street Pier on April 17, 2013 for our next "steaming" day.

An historic photo of a San Francisco wharf.

Can you find the steam donkey in this photo? Hint: It's not the four-legged version. 

Steam donkeys were a common power source for loading and unloading cargo from ships during the late 1880s and into the 1920s.




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Balclutha moored at the pier with a modern container ship passing behind her.

A modern container ship slips behind Balclutha on its way to port. Ocean routes are still the major highways of the world. Balclutha, moored at San Francisco Maritime NHP, was an ocean-going cargo ship for 43 years, between 1886 and 1929.