San Francisco Conference
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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.