Cruising San Francisco Bay

Several times a year the Liberty ship SS Jeremiah O’Brien leaves the safe confines of Fisherman’s Wharf and cruises around on San Francisco Bay.  My relatives and I like these cruises because the crew on the ship serves lunch to all the extra people on board and we get the benefit of all the food being distributed.  On one of the most recent cruises we noodled around the island near by and stopped under the San Francisco Bay Bridge.  Something is going on over there.  It has been some time since I have flown over the Bay Bridge since there is no reason for me to venture that far from Fisherman’s Wharf and my meal ticket.  In this case, however, I was able to hitch a ride on the ship and check out the action.  Amazingly enough there seems to be another new version of the bridge being built ! The new one has a big single tower being built right next to the island where the ships hang out.  What in the world is going on ?  Also during this cruise we looped around the Bay from one end to the other and passed near the northern shore surrounded by lots of sailboats.  The loudspeaker on the ship kept talking about something called the America’s Cup, but I don’t know what that might be.  I hope it means more cruises and more free food.

The new eastern span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge showing the single signature tower and the original span in the background.

Editor’s Note:  The original San Francisco Bay Bridge, built in the 1930’s, is being replaced by a new span on the eastern end.  The original eastern span collapsed in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and is scheduled to be replaced by a new span due to open in 2013, 24 years after the earthquake. The America’s Cup sailing regatta will be held in San Francisco Bay in September 2013 with pre-race trails being held throughout 2012 and 2013.  The course is currently designed to start and finish near Fisherman’s Wharf and circle the Bay passing near Marin County, Alcatraz, Angel Island and Treasure Island.  The boats will be 70+ foot catamarans and the course will also pass under the Golden Gate Bridge.  For more information on the America’s Cup and other cruises please visit the SS jeremiah O’Brien web site at ssjeremiahobrien.org

The new eastern span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge showing the temporary construction support and cables being strung.

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