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View of the Wilys-Boyer's deck
Full length view of the Willys-Boyer
The office of the captain. A Gyrocompass is above the desk and the captains stateroom visible beyond.
The S.S. Willis Boyer chart table.
Officers' mess hall (dining room). This mess is filled with ornate oak paneling.
Another view of the officers mess hall.
A door to the guest room in the bow of the the S.S. Willis Boyer.
Engine control panel with chadburn in foreground.
The First Engineer's room.
The steam turbine engines. As built, the ship burned coal and had a reciprocating steam engine. Conversion to oil and steam turbines occurred in 1951. The steam needed for all of this is obtained by burning fuel oil to boil lake water, which is why water purifiers were needed.
A view of the S.S. Willis Boyer from spar deck showing the pilothouse. Toledo's skyline in background.
The steam-powered electric generator.
A portion of one of the three holds. The sailboats provide scale.
The kitchen or galley.
The kitchen or galley. The galley has a large pantry and stainless steel refrigerators and cabinets. The entire galley was redone in the late 1970s at a cost of over one hundred thousand dollars.
The owner's cabin.
Side view of the S.S. Willis Boyer pilot house.
The S.S. Willis Boyer pilot house interior. The pilot house was manned by the captain, a mate and a wheelsman. The captain could communicate with the men forward and aft by a PA system. Note the two wheels, one as a back-up, as well as the two radio units and the radio direction finder used to plot the ship's position. There is a magnetic compass in the binnacle, a gyro compass like the one in the Captains Office, the chadburn to send signals to the engine room, and automatic pilot (added in later yeaers) for use out on the lake, and the bow thruster control which aided in docking and undocking.
The steering engine.
The S.S. Willis Boyer Texas deck. The Texas Deck is an observation or card room which affords an excellent view for guests.