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San Francisco and Oakland waterfront; showing off the Bay Area via public transportation

Historic Ferry Builing, 120 years old!

Historic trollies offer quick transit on the Embarcadero. Historic Ferry Builing, 120 years old! Ferries arriving, departing at SF’s Ferry Building. USS Pampanito in foreground, and Liberty Ship Jeremiah O’Brien, open for tours on Pier 45. Share San Francisco and Oakland waterfront with guests; showing off the Bay Area via public transportation.  You have guests [...]

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San Francisco’s Hyde Street Pier, once part of US Hwy. 101, offers living history amid historic ships!

The stately three-masted, square-rigged Balclutha, built in 1886 in Scotland, was a workhorse for California for many years; it's open and decked out for daily, realistic historic tours on the pier!

  Only the Captain and his family had luxury quarters on the 1886 Balclutha; the balance of the 29 person crew lived a much more Spartan lifestyle! Across the pier from the ferry Eureka is the old Eppleton Hall, built a hundred years ago in England, a side-wheel steel tug that once plied the Bay.   [...]

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Warships, tall ships and historic watercraft of the Bay Area: Part II

The 301' Balclutha, a three-masted, square-rigged schooner dating to the 1880s, and the Eppleton Hall, a steam tug boat, are just two of the many historic ships anchored at the Hyde Street Pier!

The Hyde Street Cable Car turnaround is just a block up the street from the Hyde Street Pier. Here cable cars are turned on a hand-powered turntable and loaded for the trip back up Hyde Street! USS Pamponito, a World War II fleet submarine, sank six Japaneses ships and damaged four others; the sub and [...]

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San Francisco waterfront by bicycle (or, foot, trolley) from AT&T Park to Golden Gate Bridge

The Balclutha, historic 1886 three-masted square-rigged schooner, at Hyde Street Pier.

USS Pampanito, World War II fleet submarine, on display at Fisherman’s Wharf. Cyclist peddles past the Ferry Building, on well-marked bright green bike lane separating her from traffic on the Embarcadeo. Cable car at the foot of Hyde Street, just a block up the hill from the Hyde Street Pier! The Balclutha, historic 1886 three-masted [...]

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Warships, tall ships and historic watercraft of the Bay Area

The USS Hornet looms large over our tour group (L to R, Tom Wilson, Tom Garing, Rick Dubin and author Tim Viall).

Kids can get a lesson in piloting a huge aircraft carrier in the Hornet’s bridge, guided by docents, many of them former crew members (photo courtesy Carri Stever). The Hornet’s flight deck, as seen from the bridge, saw Jimmie Doolittle’s squadron of B-25s depart on secret mission to attack Japan in World War II (photo [...]

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San Francisco: Undiscovered pleasures, just west of Fisherman’s Wharf, Part I of II

Tourists flock to San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39 and Embarcadero waterfront.  Far less visited but offering an equal amount of awe and interest, is the waterfront just west of Fisherman’s Wharf.   Visitors can take in this panoply of engaging sites by walking, bicycling or by auto – and the views are simply stunning!   [...]

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    Viall is a local travel writer who retired in 2012 after 10 years as executive director of Stockton, CA's, Emergency Food Bank and six years with the Downtown Stockton Alliance. Previously, a 21-year career in daily newspapers helped shape his ... Read Full
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