Waltham Ship's Clock Steamer Ferryboat Tamalpais--SOLD


An 8 inch, robust and heavy brass case by Star Brass MFG Co of Boston , Mass. Engraved Roman numerals and Union Iron Wks, San Francisco at lower center of the dial. Inside this casing houses an 8 day, key wind Waltham clock movement, #277. The early type Waltham marine movements were serialized and production of this type movement was extremely limited as few examples,7  to be exact,  are known today. This example was made for the paddle wheel Steamer Tamalpais.

This ferry boat was commissioned by the North Pacific Coast Railroad to be built at the Union Iron Works in San Francisco. In April of 1901, she was launched and began her long service transporting passengers from San Francisco across the Bay to Sausalito. Captain John Taylor McKenzie took full advantage of the large, new engine which steamed this 245 foot vessel at record speeds across the water. After a long period of servitude, in 1941, the Steamer Tamalpais was purchased by the USN to serve as a floating barracks and was anchored at Mare Island. The movement is clean and the clock keeps excellent time.