Hicks Engine Historical

Hicks Engine Historical (HM1X6K)

Location: San Francisco, CA 94109 San Francisco County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 48.605', W 122° 25.359'

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The Hicks eight-horsepower engine was the most popular power source for San Francisco's "Monterey" fishing boats. Its simple design made for economy, reliability, and ease of maintenance.

The Bay Area led the nation in production of heavy duty four-stroke marine gas engines. James L. Hicks, one of two dozen local manufacturers, built his first engine in 1910. The early availability of gasoline engines led to new designs in powered fishing boats and small tugs.

The Hicks engine was hand-started by spinning the flywheel. The spark was generated by a mechanically driven "make and break" igniter instead of a spark plug and distributor.

Builder: Hicks Engine Sales Company
Date of Construction: circa 1925
Engine Type: Four Stroke Cycle, gasoline (or distillate)
Output: Approximately 8 horsepower at 350 RPM
Displacement: 7-1/2" stroke by 6-1/2" bore (799 cc)
Cooling System: Direct saltwater
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HM NumberHM1X6K
Placed ByU.S. Department of the Interior. National Park Service, San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 550820 N 4184900
Decimal Degrees37.81008333, -122.42265000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 48.605', W 122° 25.359'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 48' 36.3" N, 122° 25' 21.54" W
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Area Code(s)415, 510, 650
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2986-2998 Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco CA 94109, US
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