Photos From The Long Now Foundation’s Mechanicrawl 2008

The Christmas Tree

The Chime Generator

SS Jeremiah O'Brien

Forward Torpedo Tubes

You Are Here (The Orrery)

Whirly Bird

I spent a good part of Saturday checking out the first-ever Mechanicrawl along San Francisco’s northern waterfront. Organized by the folks at The Long Now Foundation, Mechanicrawl is a celebration of the many magnificent mechanical marvels (whew!) clustered in this part of the city.

I was able to hit four of the stops on the self-guided tour: The Long Now Museum, the World War II Liberty Ship SS Jeremiah O’Brien, the World War II submarine USS Pampanito, and the Musee Mechanique. All were excellent, although the Jeremiah O’Brien scored extra points by firing up one of the ship’s boilers for the tour. The ship’s giant pistons were bouncing up and down throughout the day, so It felt sort of like playing Fantastic Voyage inside the engine of your car. Amazing.

It’s also worth noting that whole the point of the Mechanicrawl was to call attention to various attractions on permanent display along the San Francisco waterfront. So if you couldn’t make it to the Mechanicrawl last Saturday, no sweat… go see these things next chance you get, because they’ll still be here, and they do not disappoint. But don’t take my word for it. I’ll let the pictures do the talking…

Mechanicrawl 2008 photos by Telstar Logistics

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photos by Todd Lappin (Telstar Logistics)

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