102 Year-Old Steam Tug in Alameda Dry-Dock

Thursday, October 29, 2009
Photo courtesy Wes Starratt

The 102-year old steam-powered, ocean-going tug, Hercules, is in dry-dock at Bay Ship & Yacht Co.’s Alameda yard for maintenance and repair work. Earlier this month she was towed across the bay from her berth at the Hyde Street Pier of the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park, operated by the National Park Service.  She will be in dry-dock at BS&Y for about a month for sandblasting and painting the riveted steel hull, replacing the boat deck, and other maintenance work at an estimated cost of some $500,000.

The sea-going tug is 156-ft long, with a beam width of 35-ft and a draft of 18 ft.  According to Fred Sheppard, facility manager for the Historic Park, “she is a really beautiful piece of machinery.”  She was powered by a three-cylinder, triple-expansion steam engine that is still operational.  The tug required a crew of 15: three firemen, three oilmen, a chief and two assistant engineers, three deckhands, a cook, two mates, and a captain.   

Built in Camden, N.J. in 1907, the Hercules towed her sister tug through the Strait of Magellan around South America to San Francisco.  There, she joined the Red Stack Fleet and towed barges, sailing ships, and log rafts between Pacific ports for many years.  Eventually, the Hercules ended up with the Western Pacific Railroad towing railroad-car barges across San Francisco Bay.

Maritime Reporter November 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Vessels

Contract Awarded for US Aircraft Carrier Dismantling

The U.S. Navy awarded a contract, Dec. 22, for the towing and dismantling of the decommissioned aircraft carrier Ranger (CV 61) to International Shipbreaking, Ltd.

Wärtsilä to Power LNG-fuelled RoPax Ferry

A new passenger ferry being built for Swedish operator Rederi AB Gotland will be fuelled by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and will feature a Wärtsilä integrated solution.

Young Endeavour Sets Sail on World Voyage

The Royal Australian Navy operated Sail Training Ship Young Endeavour set sail from Sydney today for a 12-month voyage, circumnavigating the globe. Parliamentary

 
 
Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Repair Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1877 sec (5 req/sec)