Photo By Peter Watts
Eureka Wheel House

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A panorama taken from the wheelhouse of the Eureka, an historic ferry ship moored in San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. Stand here and imagine yourself steering this paddle steam boat full of passengers and cars between San Francisco and Tiburon. The panorama shows the view of San Francisco that would have greeted you as you arrived at Hyde Pier in San Francisco, you can see the city through the windows.


Eureka Wheel House - San Francisco visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Eureka Wheel House' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from California.

Eureka is a side-wheel paddle-steamer moored in Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. Originally named the 'Ukiah' to commemorate the extension of the railway network to that town, she was launched in 1890 at the Tiburon yard and served as a ferry ship crossing between there and San Francisco, later moving to the Sausalito run. In fact, she could even carry trains across the bay to connect the railway terminals.

Eureka is 299.5ft long by 78ft wide, has a 1500 horsepower, carries 2300 passengers and 120 automobiles. Wooden hulled, she is of near identical design at bow and stern to be 'reversible' thus making disembarking and reloading significantly quicker.

In1994, she underwent a $2.7 million dollar restoration project on her hull and infrastructure, followed by another $1 million dollar refit in 1999 to her superstructure.

She remains open to the public at the National Historical Maritime Park as a living museum both to the trans-bay travel and indeed as a snapshot of automobiles of the era, too.


San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
2905 Hyde Street
San Francisco, CA 94109


Bus: North Point St & Hyde St (10, 20, 30, 47, 91)
Cable Car: Fisherman's Wharf
Light Train: Jones St & Beach St (F)

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