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Most of you probably know about the Ferryboat "Eureka" on display in San Francisco. I used to like to go over there and take the engine room tour. They start the tour at the engineer's control station and show you how the walking beam engine is "barred over" by the operator to get the boat underway. Then the tour goes down below into the boiler room to see the condenser and the bank of fire tube boilers. They explain their operation and once the tour guide pointed out how the main shaft, on each side, is sitting on railroad box car springs for suspension
Anyway, I came across a website with ferryboat information that is interesting. The link is www.cable-car-guy.com. Also follow the links at www.nps.gov to find the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park where the Eureka is berthed. The engine room tours are mostly on weekends. To check for the times of the tour before you go call 1-415-447-5000. You will have to climb down a ladder into the boiler room on this tour,so unfortunately, it is not for persons with mobility impairment issues.
Pilot house chatter you might hear while getting underway:
"Standby all hands,make all preparations getting underway. Single up all lines, engine room on standby. Let go the spring lines. Cast off fore and aft. Engine room back one third." " Answers back one third, Sir!" " Very well, Wheel hard to port!" "Hard to port,Sir" "Engine room all ahead full, rudder amidship!" "Answers ahead full, rudder amidship, Sir."
"Very well then, chart a course for Saucelito!"