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Oak engine room

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Oak engine room
Smithsonian Institution, Negative #: 78-18098


This object appears in the following sections:

Work and Industry
Tending Aids to Navigation — The Engine

The Connected City: New York, New York, 1920s
The Connected City: New York, New York, 1920s — The Oak

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From the Smithsonian Collection
These photographs show the Oak engine room as installed in the Hall of American Maritime Enterprise, at the Smithsonian's National Museum of History and Technology (now the National Museum of American History), in 1978. One view (78-18098) is taken from the lower level of the two-level display and shows the pistons, condenser, pump, and other machinery that made up the Oak's power plant. The other view (78-18096) is taken from the upper level and shows the engine controls, gauges, and telegraph.
Physical Description
Date Made:
Dates Used:
1978 - 1978
Dist of Columbia
The USLHS buoy tender Oak was built at the Consolidated Shipbuilding Corporation, Bronx, NY, in 1921. Its length overall was 160 feet, breadth 30 feet, and draft 10 feet six inches. Oak was assigned to the Third Lighthouse District where her home port was Staten Island, New York. The Oak's crew maintained aids to navigation in and around New York harbor, including the Hudson and East Rivers, as well as Long Island Sound. They also supplied lighthouses and lightships in the area and provided occasional assistance to vessels in distress. The crew consisted of two officers and 25 crew members, including the engine room complement of an engineer, assistant engineer, and oilers. After more than 40 years of service, the Oak was decommissioned in 1964 and taken to the U.S. Coast Guard's facility at Curtis Bay, in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1971 the original engine and auxiliaries were removed for the Smithsonian Institution's transportation collections.

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