Oh My 06880 — Photo Challenge #9

You guys are smart. Within minutes of posting, you nailed what I thought was a tough one: the old Texaco/King’s Service Center sign at what is now Sunny Daes.

So you think you’re observant? Then where is this? You’ve seen it many times, for sure.

Click “Comments” if you can identify it. Add the back story, if you know that too.

(Photo/Lynn U. Miller)

(Photo/Lynn U. Miller)



20 responses to “Oh My 06880 — Photo Challenge #9

  1. Sandy Soennichsen

    One of the “stations” at the Compo playground.

  2. Next to the Blue Lemon, along Dead Man’s Brook (used to be known as The Pickle Barrel).

  3. Stephen Rubin

    Under the snow at COMPO Playgroud.
    If not, it should be!

  4. Morley Boyd

    I believe Dianne is correct; it’s what’s left of the goofy faux marine theme of Sconset Square – nee Sherwood Square.

  5. Diane h silfen

    It’s the remains of a boat binnacle but where it is I don’t know. Where is Jeff Northrop he would know

  6. Edward Bloch

    Diane Bosch has it right.

  7. Tom Turnbull

    My oldest sister is a longshore(wo)man in Oakland – working through those labor issues. Unloads those huge cargo ships!

    Sent from my iPhone

  8. Carl Volckmann

    It’s an engine order telegraph, but where? The Duck?

    • Diane Bosch, Morley and Ed are correct. It’s on the Post Road side of Sconset Square, near Blue Lemon. Been there a while. But how long? Does anyone know why it’s there? Help solve this mystery!

      • Bobbie Herman

        But what is it?

        • Edward Bloch

          It’s a close up of the face of the dial on a ship’s telegraph. I think the telegraph has been there since that area was fashioned Sconset Square as Morley Boyd suggests..

          • From Wikipedia (referencing Carl Volckmann and Edward Bloch):

            An engine order telegraph or E.O.T., often also chadburn, is a communications device used on a ship (or submarine) for the pilot on the bridge to order engineers in the engine room to power the vessel at a certain desired speed. In early vessels, from the 19th century until about 1950, the device usually consisted of a round dial about nine inches (~20 centimetres) in diameter with a knob at the center attached to one or more handles, and an indicator pointer on the face of the dial. There would also be a revolutions per minute indicator, worked by a hand crank. Modern E.O.T.s on vessels which still use them use electronic light and sound signals.

  9. Sharon Paulsen

    If this an actual E.O.T. from an early vessel, that would be a great (and valuable?) historic piece.
    Remember seeing this type of EOT used in the Titanic film? There are several close up shots of something like it, during the urgent calls to the engine room after the iceberg siting, or when the caption ordered “full boilers”! (Hey, who hasn’t seen this film, like, a million times?!)

  10. Bill Caldwell

    This is known as an Engine Order telegraph which is used to send signal from the bridge of a ship to the engine to adjust the ships speed.

    Bill C

  11. Bill C is correct. There are 2 EOT’s connected together by a set of wires with pulleys with 2 pointers. It is a mechanical connection, No electricity. The order comes from the Bridge and is answered in the Engine Room by matching pointers. On the bridge Stop is at the top (noon position) and in the ER on the bottom (6 O’clock position). This has a handle and pointer missing. I think it is the Bridge EOT

  12. This EOT’s back story- It was salvaged from the tugboat Celtic off Sheffield Island in 1984. No story illustrates the power of the Sound greater than the sinking of the Celtic. No mayday call, no distress flares were fired, and no debris showed an apparent accident. It was as if the Celtic and her crew had simply been swallowed by the sea without a trace. Investigators concluded the squall swamped the low-lying barge, dragging down the Celtic and her crew in a matter of seconds. Those on board had no time to find life preservers, radio for help or even abandon ship.

  13. Wow, there a lot of smart people in this town, or I should say observant!!  I’m not one of them as I’m lucky I even know where I’m going – terrible sense of direction – and my memory slows down each day!!

  14. Morley Boyd

    Thanks for filling in the background on the Celtic and its EOT, Diane – and I apologize for misspelling your name previously. I was of the impression that this artifact’s presence in Sconset Square (a nautically themed shopping center of that has kind of lost the love) was a matter of theater – but maybe I’m wrong. Is there a connection between the Celtic and the property?

  15. Robert Mitchell

    BTW, the engine order telegraph is also called a “chadburn” because Chadburns of Liverpool patented and produced the first models of these devices. Also, it is different from a ship’s ‘binnacle’, which held navigational instruments, such as compasses, but was not connected to the engine room or any other part of the ship the way the chadburn was, as described above.