San Francisco’s Majestic Maritime Destination

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is a place that will allow the visitor seeking the enjoyment of Maritime exposure a place to remember for a lifetime.

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The park is composed of over 100 small crafts that have historical Maritime history values. A tourist that views these vessels will not be able to forget the experience. There are also the grand fleet consisting of the following vessels:

Balclutha, was built in 1886 as a square rigged sailing ship. Built in the year 1886 by Charles Connell & Co. Ltd this ship has been renamed many times and has had the name Star of Alaska as her name during her 1930s voyage and service the Alaskan Salmon Fleet. In 1933 she was once again renamed the Pacific Queen. The pacific Queen is famous for its star role in the movie with Clark Gable as the movie,” Mutiny On The Bounty”. This ship is a large masted sailing ship that will give the visitor a real feeling of what it is like to be aboard a ship of this era.

C.. Thayer, was built in 1895 as a schooner. At 213 feet in length displacing 453 tons of water this ship is no small ship. Launched in 1895 and serving for 55 years up till her decommission of service in 1950. This ship served as a vessel that transported timber and other trade goods as far away as Hawaii. This ship is three masted and is considered state of the art in its day of conception. Walking o this vessel is an experience that will leave the tourist wanting more.

Eureka, Built in 1890 this steam ferryboat was one of the first steam powered vessels to transport people and goods with the use of a steam powered engine. Her primary cargo was tourist in the day and rail cars at night. This ferry was well capable of moving some freight even in these modern times the cargo hold was well capable of delivering volume goods.

Alma, She was a built scow schooner. From the year 1891 and built by Fred Sieme the Alma was 80 feet long displacing 40 thousand tons of water. The Alma was two masted and constructed locally in a shipyard at Hunters Point, California. The Alma has served many needs she was once even a Oyster dredger. In 1957 she was given a new heart with the addition of a gasoline engine. This vessel is well preserved at the ripe age of only 113 years old. She still is capable of sailing the seas.

San Francisco Hercules Maritime Photo 2013Hercules, She was constructed in 1907 as a steam tug. The Hercules is 153 feet in length and powered by three cylinder steam power plant. The Hercules displaces 409 gross tons. She has seen service as a barge hauler transporting goods as far as Hawaii. She is now a historic landmark. The ship is a fabulous e educational experience for the maritime enthusiast who wishes to see the modern age adapted to sailing and ship building.

Eppleton Hall, Constructed in 1944 a few years after Pearl Harbour Attack this vessel saw great use as a paddle wheel tug. This tug was destroyed and left on a mud bank to decay. After a number of years the Maritime museum purchased and refurbished this majestic tug. The ship was refitted with diesel engines and made the voyage across the Atlantic sea. In 1970 the Eppleton Hall crossed under the Golden Gate Bridge. Today she sits at the Hyde Street Pier waiting to enjoy the curiosity of the maritime enthusiast.
Along with all these wonderful, educational, and jaw dropping historic vessels there is the museum offering up its maritime treasures.

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A gift store offers every type of Maritime souvenir available. Even restaurants are close by for the tourist who needs a bite to eat. Prices are very reasonable for this all day adventure in maritime history. A trip to this destination will be remembered by children, family and ,friends for life. Nothing is a pleasurable as seeing the vessels of the age docked in a setting that lets them be viewed timelessly. Best San Francisco Destination for  the whole family.

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Russian Hill: A Marvelous Spot For Tourism In San Francisco

Russian Hill is located in San Francisco, Ca. This area of northern California is known for the smell of the ocean, mingled with the California Redwoods and the Napa Valley wine country. Russian Hill is one of the original 7 hills that make up San Francisco, Ca. Of the 42 hills that are now present the other 35 are man made. Facing North and slightly elevated a tourist will find their selves in the Nob Hill district. This district has traditionally been one of the rich upper class society type, As one travels down facing South they find their selves smelling the great seafood and bay area smells that make San Francisco so great to visit. Volumes of fresh sea food are served, prepared, and sold on the tourist destination called Fisherman’s Warf. Trolley cars and cable cars are every where to be rode by the individual that seeks a fabulous site seeing adventure.

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To the West side of Russian Hill a tourist will see the famous Cow Hollow district, along with the Marina District. At the top north section of Russian hill is the beginning of Ghiradelli Square. Russian Hill is fabulous for its elevated breath taking views of the city called,” The city by the Bay”.

The location of Russian Hill finds its roots and association with a cemetery that was once located on the top of Russian Hill. Russian Boat crews from 1806 were said to have been buried on top of Russian Hill. As early legend goes the truth of the matter nobody really knows. But as curiosity and the legends go’s the story has stuck with the origins of Russian Hill.

Between Hyde and Leavenworth street a tourist will have the experience of a lifetime. The street called Lombard Street, winds its way down the hillside with seven complete side winding turns, this same street is called the most windiest street in the world. Walking the street, or driving the street can be a real treat and adventure. The original street layout was conceived because the street was just too steep to navigate. Tourists will see the Golden Gate Bridge with its mile upon mile stretch of golden arches, and its breathtaking construction architecture, the site is well presented for photography. Tourists who enjoy the natural wonders of mankind’s ability’s will find the bridge awesome. Across the bay another site awaits the eyeful tourist the site of the island of Alcatraz. Alcatraz is long remembered for the prison that help such villi ons as John Dillinger, Al Capone and many famous convicts a like.

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The Bird man of Alcatraz once was housed in the confines of this ex-military base, that once had the role of guarding the ports of San Francisco bay, and Russian Hill. In the early 1860s life and what is know as Russian Hill changed drastically. Sub Divisions began to form and the California Gold Rush began to bring immigrants along with tourism to these coastal shores. Some had dreams of striking it rich on the gold that was said to be in the placer hills. In 1968 the area called Russian Hills was cast in a movie called,”Bullitt”, a Famous actor of the time,”Steve MC Queen”, who had the staring role in the movie.The scenery of Russian Hill was cast into Hollywood fame by The movie,”Bullitt”… Again in 1982 Eddy Murphy a all star comedian along with Nick Nolty played in 48 hours. The comedy found the two comical, dysfunctional convict and cop riding the hills of the district called Russian Hills. As a place for seeing and experiencing it all, from Art, Legend, Scenery, And culture Russian Hill has the venue packed for any seasoned tourist. Something is present for all who want a little of everything.

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