Posts Tagged ‘Steam’

Fly It Like You Stole It – Sailing High Over the Western A

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

My, what a long contrail you have…

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Giant Broadway Tunnel “Reverse-Graffiti” Advertising Mural for “Green Works” Cleansers Attacked Once Again

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

I guess you can still see part of it, but the lower reaches and the “Green Works” logo are long gone.

See?

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Oh well.

reverse graffiti

San Francisco’s Broadway tunnel is a highly traveled thoroughfare in the heart of the city. Over 20,000 cars, trucks, and motorized vehicles pass through it per day. Its walls are caked with dirt and soot, and lined with patches of paint covered graffiti from days gone by. It set the perfect canvas to create a beautiful work of art showcasing the talents of reverse graffiti artist “Moose”, and the power of Green Works plant based cleaner.

Post #5000 (Whew): Know Your Land’s End Shipwrecks of 1922 – Chevron’s SS Lyman Stewart – Engine Block at Low Tide

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

This is all that’s left of SS Lyman Stewart – you can see its three cylinder steam engine from Land’s End at low tide.

The first cylinder is 75 inches in diameter and the second and third are 45 and 26.5:

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This is what the she looked like after her big collision 89 years ago on October 7, 1922. Pwned!

“Lyman Stewart, a steam tanker, wrecked on a rocky beach with people looking on”

Via Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society - click to expand

Take a tour yourself, why not?

All the deets:

Length over all, 426 ft. 9 in.; length between perpendiculars, 410 ft.; beam moulded, 55 ft. 3j4 in.; depth moulded to upper deck, 31 ft. 8 in.; load draft, 27 ft.; load displacement, 13,960 tons; cargo capacity, 63,964 bbls.; fuel capacity, 2,211 bbls.; gross tonnage, about 5,900; revolutions per minute, 65; designed I. H. P., 2,600; designed speed 10J/2 knots.

The ship is a single screw steamer with the machinery located aft.

The hold is subdivided into 16 tanks for carrying oil in bulk, the starboard and port compartments being separated by an oil tight center line bulkhead up to the top of the expansion trunk.

The ‘tween decks, in the wings outside the expansion trunk, is arranged for carrying refined oil.”

Ever more deets after the jump.

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Forget About Bubble Tea Tapioca Balls: Today’s Fashionable Thirst Quencher Accessory is Dry Ice

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Apparently.

Just substitute cubes of dry ice for tapioca pearls and you’re in bidness, you’ll be staying au courant.

As seen in the West Bay:

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Kid was leaving a vapor trail all the way across Noriega.

Decommissioning of Our Shut-Down Potrero Power Plant Starts Tomorrow, March 1, 2011 – Whither the Iconic Tower?

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Today, the old girl is sitting around waiting for the order to fire up to make you some electricity, should the need arise.

But tomorrow? Not so much. All the deets.

As I’ll remember her, chugging away heating up Warm Water Cove. Circa aught-seven:

And as she looks today, in front of the historic Sugar House (which is now a cleaned-up DHL warehouse). No more steam:

Good-bye, PPP.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside: How Are You Supposed to Drive Through This Kind of Steam?

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Check it out, Grove Street looks like this these days:

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Canadian “Green Steam” Contraptions Soon to be Killing Weeds All Over Town, Per Rec and Park

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

General Manager of Rec and Park Phil Ginsburg has some news about how San Francisco’s going to be killing weeds.

Check it:

“Last week, we unveiled our brand new Green Steam Machine, an eco-friendly alternative for weed control that eliminates the use of pesticides in and around children’s play areas. Purchased with help from the San Francisco Parks Trust, the Green Steam Machine is the first of its kind here in the United States and I can’t be more thrilled with the potential of this new machine. We are going to put one in every Park Services Area (PSA) around the city so that our gardeners and supervisors have regular access to this new machine.”

This machine certainly looks like it can kill weeds. 

Mid Market Update: City Fights Back Against Casual Open Air Toilets on Stevenson

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Appears as if workers from our Central Market Community Benefits District have their hands full on Stevensen Alley near Sixth Street these days.

Get all the deets from Bluoz, who’s up to speed on such matters, it would seem.

Before…

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…and After:

Oh well.

It’s two steps forward, and two steps back

When is the Steam Pipe Underneath McAllister and Larkin NOT Steaming?

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Via ActionNewsSF, you might search to find a KGO-TV bit covering the traffic-disrupting venting steam pipe at McAllister and Larkin today – it’s more steam than usual, that’s for sure.

But this area of Civic Center right in front of our Asian Art Museum (this year, it’s Shanghai) is basically steaming all the time, right?

HC SVNT DRACONES:

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This intersection is usually steaming, unless it’s flooding. Like this:

via Lulu Vision

Oh well.

As per usual, it all happens on (or near) McAllister Street, Gateway to the Golden Gate Park Panhandle and home of the Snickerdoodle bike path (Route 20), your best way of getting over Alamo Heights while avoiding the abysmal, Hayes Valley NIMBY-designed Octavia Boulevard 24-7 traffic scrum.

The New York-Style Steam Vents of San Francisco’s Civic Center – Here Be Dragons

Friday, November 20th, 2009

New York City has been famous for rising clouds of steam ever since the New York Steam Company started providing service back in 1882. (Honey, hath thouest seen thy steam bill this month? It’s huge!)

San Francisco does its best to keep up, as here, in Civic Center at McAllister and Larkin, a problematic intersection that’s seen all sorts of problems lately. Oh well, enjoy the condensation cloud.

HC SVNT DRACONES – Here Be Dragons:

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Injunction-defying bike rack in the middle of the street or just another steaming sinkhole fence? You Make The Call.

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