Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Happy birthday Rudolph Diesel

(by Heather Hernandez, Technical Services Librarian)

On this day, March 18, in 1858 Rudolph Christian Karl Diesel was born in Paris.

Diesel in 1883 (credit: Wikipedia)

What does he have to do with the collections of San Francisco Maritime NHP?  He invented the diesel engine!  Sure, our collections are strong in wind-powered ships and boats, but without Diesel's invention, would we have such rich archival collections, artifact, or library collections?  Certainly not!  Plans, technical manuals, and histories--from pleasure boats to cargo ships--all with Diesel's invention at their heart.  Celebrate Diesel's birthday today by exploring diesel power in our maritime collections.

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