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.