What the Heck Is It? Congrats to WINNER Dan Sedenquist via Facebook

Link courtesy of Ronnie Trubek: http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_21805558/century-old-wave-motor-piques-curiosity-santa-cruz

1909 Wave Motor, Cliff Dr (West) Santa Cruz, Cal. Courtesy of MAH.

What the Heck Is It? And What the Heck did it do?
Courtesy of MAH.

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2 Responses to What the Heck Is It? Congrats to WINNER Dan Sedenquist via Facebook

  1. Ane says:

    This “Wave Motor” used wave action to pump water up to a 5000 gallon holding tank. Water trucks filled up and used the water to dampen to dusty dirt roads, specifically West Cliff Drive but others as well. When the water dried, it is said the roads glistened with salt crystals.

    This was one of the very few successful attempts at utilizing wave action to power a pump such as this.

    Here is an article written about it in 1904: http://haskey.com/johnh/wave_motor/

  2. vickiwees says:

    Thanks for the link!

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