I love to see new ships seek a home on Stockton’s waterfront, like the 90-year-old steam ferry, the Sherman, which was towed into Stockton on Tuesday afternoon. They’re a natural.
If private entrepreneurs take the risk, what’s the harm?
That said, one line in this story did set off warning lights: “(Investor William) Bills … acknowledged that paperwork for the purchase of the Sherman is still not final.”
Presumably the city will vet the ship’s title, financing and business plan. And I wish the entrepreneurs success. But now is the right time to introduce Fitzgerald’s rule of the Delta, to wit: Always give historic Delta ships love — but keep an eye out for pirates.