Cruise ship near Fisherman’s Wharf.

While we were cruising around the Golden Gate Bridge the other day for the Birthday party I heard one of the crew members say that there is going to be a cruise to celebrate chocolate!  What a terrific idea. One of the things everyone should know is that the vast majority of the time spent by your average gull is in a search for food.  To suggest that this is an all consuming quest would not be an understatement. Continue reading


America’s Cup Practice on the Bay

While we were cruising around the Bay for Memorial Day we came across a strange looking sailboat.  It has a very tall mast and what looks like an airplane wing for a sail.  Instead of one hull it has two and they are connected by a net that the sailors run around on.  Very strange!

The Oracle 45 foot catamaran doing test runs on San Francisco Bay during the Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary celebration.

Rumor has it that there are going to be lots and lots of people for the sailboat races and that is good news for the avian squadron.  More people means more tourists and that means more food for the troops!

The ship is right near the area where the races will start and we hope that the bird population will benefit from the crowds.   Continue reading

The Last Battleship

This is the first trip of the year for the ship and we are going to be cruising around in the Bay looking for another ship.  It seems that an old Battleship has been fixed up and is going to be towed south down the coast to become a museum.

Things are looking up in terms of food, however, since we seem to have lots of people on board and it looks as though there is going to be a lunch served or something.

Ben & Jerry’s ice cream coming on board

This is pallet is loaded with ice cream. What are they thinking?  Gulls don’t eat ice cream!  Maybe there will be some bread or fish somewhere.

Well, it turns out that we left the pier after waiting for a bunch of sailboats to pass by on their way out toward the Golden Gate Bridge.  We fastened onto a tiny tugboat and they pulled us away from the pier and we headed north past the islands in the Bay.  We cruised around for quite a while until we found this narrow channel near a bunch of big round tanks. Continue reading

HAPPY 75th BIRTHDAY to the Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco Bay Golden Gate Bridge

While eavesdropping  on one of the crew meetings I discovered that the ship has planned a cruise on May 27th to celebrate the birthday of the Golden Gate Bridge.  I also heard that 2012 is the 75th Birthday of the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge. This is all good news for your faithful author and the rest of the avian squadron.  This event will draw quite a crowd and that will result in lots of food both on board the ship and in the Fisherman’s Wharf area. Continue reading

Cruisin’ Down to Dry Dock

I heard today that the ship is going to go into dry dock on Monday, January 23rd and that they will be escorted down to Pier 70 by some of our tiny tugboat friends.  I wonder if they will have a lunch on board and if I can snatch some snacks during the trip.  I did not hear an estimate for how long they will be in the dry dock, but I assume it is only for a few weeks.  I have flown around the Pier 70 area in the past and it is near the baseball park. The baseball park is wonderful because for several months a year they have big crowds and when they leave there are tons of left over hot dog buns & chips and other yummy treats.  Unfortunately the rest of the avian squadron also knows about the baseball park and it is often quite crowded as we are scuffling for the leftover food.   Continue reading

Bob C. Gull-iver’s Travels: Mare Island

Last year the ship took a cruise to Mare Island at Vallejo to have some work done.  Mare Island used to be an open and very active Navy Base and now the sailors are gone, but there is still a lot of action.  While they were tied up to the dock at the old Navy Base the cranes took a lot of pallets out of the hold and the most interesting thing is that now the ship sits much higher out of the water. Continue reading

Sailboats and Birds and Cannons, Oh My !

A 20 millimeter anti-aircraft cannon in a circular 'tub' to provide protection for the gun crew.

During one of our recent cruises the cannons on the SS Jeremiah O’Brien were unlimbered and fired much to my surprise.  The loud noise from these cannons also surprised the passengers on the ship and scared the other birds away. Some of the other birds like to sit on the gun barrels while on board the ship.  Unfortunately they oftern apply the classic gull salute while squatting on the barrel and the crew is not happy having to clean up after the miscreants.   My theory is that the cannons are used to fend off the sailboats and prevent their crew from coming on board to eat lunch.   Continue reading