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Cable car turning around by Nordstrom

I was in San Francisco for three days to attend a legal conference for work which involved some incredibly nice dinners and cocktail parties.  A couple of us managed to find a few moments of time in between sessions to take a quick trip around the city on the cable cars and get off at Ghiradelli Square and explore Hyde Street Pier.  After lunch on the Embarcadero, we walked all the way back down to Fisherman's Wharf....in high heels no less!!! Ok, once we hit Fisherman's wharf after the grueling walk, my girlfriend and I got conned into taking the bicycle taxi with the hot "driver" the last couple blocks to Ghiradelli Square to get a table at the Buena Vista.

I've been to San Francisco quite a number of times but have never done the cable cars!  We always stay in the Union Square area as our conference is at the Westin St.

Fisherman's Wharf and Bay Bridge
Francis but this is the first time we really played tourist and took time to see the sights!  I got to try some incredible restaurants this time around and still hang at our usual dive bars!  I am still so excited to be living in Sacramento, which is only about 1 1/2 hours from San Francisco!  It's awesome to head into the City just for dinner or a day of sightseeing!  Many more exploration (and blogs) to come!

 

Historic Vessels on Hyde Street Pier

The ships on the Hyde Street Pier were amazing and we did our own self tour so we didn't pick up as much of the history as I would've liked but given the time constraints we had, we couldn't do a guided tour.  I've included a little history on the ships so I don't forget everything I saw either!! LOL

Eureka

Built in 1890 at Tiburon, CA for the SF and North Pacific Railway, originally named Ukiah and was a freight-car ferry from Sausilito to San Francisco.

Eureka
  In need of extensive repair after WWI, she was reconstructed over a period of two years, being rechristened as the Eureka.  In 1923, she was launched as a passenger and auto ferry.  The Eureka made the last Marin County run in 1941 and continued in service until 1957 after some problems and the ship was removed from service. 

Balclutha

The maiden voyage of Balclutha was under British registry in January 1887 from Cardiff, Wales, bound for SF where she eventually unloaded coal and took on California wheat.  Because voyages took months, the Balclutha only made one round-trip per year while making the Europe to San Francisco grain trade.  In addition to the grain, Balclutha brought pottery, cutlery, Scotch whiskey (Glasgow and Liverpool) and "Swansea general" (tinplate, coke, and pig iron) to SF.

Balclutha
 

From 1903 to 1930, the Balclutha made yearly voyages between San Francisco and Alaska.  It was renamed the Star of Alaska, she sailed for the Asaska Packers Association, carrying both men and supplies to the canneries and bringing back packed salmon.  In 1933, she was sold and transported south where ultimately anchored off Catalina Island.  During that time, the ship was used for the Mutiny on the Bounty film, wherein Clark Gable and Charles Laughton had supporting roles.  In 1954, she was purchased by the SF Maritime Museum for restoration and display. 

Hercules

Built in1907, this steam tug was used to to tow barges, sailing ships, and log rafts between Pacific ports.  Return trips often meant towing large log rafts to Southern California mills.

Hercules
  Eventually Hercules was acquired by the Western Pacific Railroad Company.  Instead of serving as an ocean-going tug, she shuttled railroad car barges back and forth across SF Bay.  1962 brought the end of her career when diesel powered tugs were introduced as well as changing transportation patters (decline of the railroad).

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Cable car turning around by Nordst…
Cable car turning around by Nords…
Fishermans Wharf and Bay Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf and Bay Bridge
Eureka
Eureka
Balclutha
Balclutha
Hercules
Hercules
Cable car station
Cable car station
Cable car tracks
Cable car tracks
Our hotel in Union Square
Our hotel in Union Square
My favorite place!!! LOL.  We were…
My favorite place!!! LOL. We wer…
Lombard Street
Lombard Street
View to Golden Gate Bridge from Hy…
View to Golden Gate Bridge from H…
Jellyfish off side of Hyde Pier
Jellyfish off side of Hyde Pier
Entering the Eureka
Entering the Eureka
Autos on the Eureka as they once w…
Autos on the Eureka as they once …
The Balclutha entrance
The Balclutha entrance
Looking over to the Hercules
Looking over to the Hercules
View from pier back to Ghiradelli …
View from pier back to Ghiradelli…
View into Sausalito
View into Sausalito
Balclutha w/Gold Gate in the backg…
Balclutha w/Gold Gate in the back…
Ghiradelli Square
Ghiradelli Square
Balclutha
Balclutha
Exiting Hyde Street Pier
Exiting Hyde Street Pier
Looking back at the historic ships
Looking back at the historic ships
The Buena Vista!!! Going through r…
The Buena Vista!!! Going through …
Union Square from cable car
Union Square from cable car
Union Square Xmas tree from Westin…
Union Square Xmas tree from Westi…
All our co workers laughing as we …
All our co workers laughing as we…
Jackie and I getting dropped off a…
Jackie and I getting dropped off …
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