Last Day – 20 February

A return to SFMNHP to see the other ships.

First, a stop off at the Aquatic Park Bathhouse building, which was designed to resemble a ship. I visited the building during my last trip to San Francisco. From what I remember, there were more displays then and the interior of the building seemed much darker. A lot changes in 10 years.

The lobby now houses a few very nice sailing ship models and part of the Niantic.

Niantic’s copper sheathing:

copper sheathing Niantic

Then, there are the striking surrealist murals on the walls. They were painted in the 1930s by artist Hilaire Hiler and depict various underwater scenes.

Some details that appealed to me:

Hiler mural detail 1

Hiler mural detail 2

Ad on the side of a bus stop on the way to Hyde Street Pier:

Hawaiian Air ad

The first stop was the wooden schooner CA Thayer. She is in the process of being restored.*

CA Thayer work in progress

Wood detail:

CA Thayer wood detail


CA Thayer knees

View toward stern:

CA Thayer twds stern

Loading ports:

CA Thayer loading ports

Located between CA Thayer and Balclutha is the sweet little paddlewheel tug, Eppleton Hall. Love!

Eppleton Hall name

It’s a shame she is not in better condition:

Eppleton Hall

The ferry Eureka:


A volunteer hard at work on the steam tug Hercules:

Hercules volunteer

Detail of the hull of the replica shrimp fishing junk Grace Quan:

detail hull Grace Quan

Balclutha’s Plimsoll Line:

Balclutha plimsoll line

A Pepto-Bismol-colored starfish (Pisaster brevispinus?), looking like it’s hanging on for dear life:


Seen on the bumper of a car in the parking lot of the Beach Chalet:

slow down bumpersticker

😀 The same car also had “North Shore” and hibiscus stickers.

Thanks Brush! Lots of fun and learned a lot!

*ETA: Brush mentioned that parts of Wawona were saved and will be used in the restoration.


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