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:
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:
Ad on the side of a bus stop on the way to Hyde Street Pier:
The first stop was the wooden schooner CA Thayer. She is in the process of being restored.*
View toward stern:
Located between CA Thayer and Balclutha is the sweet little paddlewheel tug, Eppleton Hall. Love!
It’s a shame she is not in better condition:
The ferry Eureka:
A volunteer hard at work on the steam tug Hercules:
Detail of the hull of the replica shrimp fishing junk Grace Quan:
Balclutha’s 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:
😀 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.