April 27, 2020
Though the name and use of Steam Chimneys appear to have fallen out of use, they are not the only things to have had their names fall out of favor and disappear. Donkey pumps, for example, are almost unheard of unless you use the modern term “general service pump.” Now, though, we know what this piece of equipment was for and what it was called when it was utilized onboard the walking beam engine Ferryboat Eureka.
December 18, 2018
We have written previously about the creative materials and ingenuity that deep-water sailors employed to celebrate and decorate their ships for the holidays, while they were away from home for months at a time. I want to talk about how holidays were celebrated aboard ferryboats in the San Francisco Bay, where the crews and passengers had the luxury of going home every evening after work.
September 07, 2018
Having discovered how steam power was generated on the ferryboat Eureka in our previous post, we now continue our trek through the engine room to explore how this power was used transport people back and forth across the bay.
August 20, 2018
A Hidden Victorian Wonderland: The Engine Room of the Ferryboat Eureka (Part 1 of 2)