Sunday, September 30, 2012
Saturday, September 29, 2012
We drove by the Arleta Station then down the coast to Pescadero. We couldn't find a place to park. It was very foggy. There was a lot of traffic on the way back.
Sharon Mayes created the sculpture that stands near the firehouse.
Friday, September 28, 2012
MANY VESSELS ARRIVE FROM FOREIGN PORTS
Barkentine Addenda in Trouble.
SEA KING TO THE RESCUE CAPTAIN GRIFFITHS OF THE ALBERT REBUKED.
Started to Land His Honolulu Passengers Before the State Quarantine Officer Had Passed His Vessel.The Golden Gate was crowded with arriving and departing vessels last Wednesday night and yesterday. Many of them were coasters, but still there were ten barkentines, barks and ships among the fleet that arrived. Among them were the British ship Bothwell, 148 days from Newcastle, England; Allerton, 74 days from Newcastle, Australia; Italian ship F. S. Ciampa 154 days from Swansea; British ship Miltonburn, 142 days from Swansea; British ship Eurasia, 139 days from Antwerp; brig W. G. Irwin, 19 days from Honolulu; bark Roderick Dhu, 13 days from Hilo; Norwegian ship Hiawatha, 152 days from l,eith; bark Albert, 18 days, and barkentine Addenda, 20 days from Honolulu.
All these vessels came up the coast with a good fair wind, but when they got off the Golden Gate the wind fell light, and they could make no progress. The Addenda attempted to sail in, but when she got between the heads the wind failed and she began to drift. Captain Delano was afraid his vessel might go ashore, so he came to an anchor. In a short time the tug Sea King came along and towed him to a safer berth.
Captain Griffiths of the bark Albert got into trouble with the State Quarantine Officer. While the Governor Perkins was putting Dr. Hill aboard the Addenda Captain Milestone noticed. that Captain Griffiths and three of his passengers were going ashore from the Albert. He at once gave chase and overhauled, the Albert's boat before she reached Powell street wharf. The boat and passengers were taken back to the Albert and were told to remain there until the Quarantine Officer had passed the vessel. For this breach of the law Captain .Griffiths could have been arrested and heavily fined, out: the doctor did not press the matter when
the captain explained that he acted in ignorance of the law.
The new ferry steamer Berkeley was put on the run between San Francisco and Oakland yesterday She took the Piedmont's place on the route, and will keep it until that vessel has been thoroughly overhauled. The Berkeley is a very fast and comfortable ferry-boat, but she will miss the paddle-wheels when it blows a southeaster. Without these steadiers, she will roll like a ship in a gale, and many of the commuters will know what it is to be seasick on the bay.
The transport Zealandia is taking on Government stores, and will be ready to sail for Manila on Sunday or Monday at the latest.
The Harbor Commissioners had a lively session yesterday. Commissioner Herold started the ball rolling by moving that two berths at Folsom street wharf be assigned to the Alaska Packers Association and one to the Alaska Commercial Company. This Mr. Colnon objected to on the ground that Folsom street wharf had been built expressly for the Oceanic Steamship Company, and that concern should be compelled to use it. Both Herrold and Harney pointed out that the commission was appointed to improve and look after the shipping interests of the port. The very best facilities should be given large companies, and if one wharf was better adapted to ocean trade than another the ship owner should have the choice. The Oceanic Steamship Company found Pacific street wharf more suitable than Folsom street wharf and wanted to remain there. Other equally large shipping concerns wanted space at Folsom street and the board could please everybody by granting the request of the Alaska Packers' and Alaska Commercial companies. The motion was carried. Then Mr Colnon wanted the rent of Pacific street wharf increased, and the matter was laid over for further consideration.
The Bibb Lumber Company asked for a reduction on the sum of $3850 wharfage charged on the lumber rafts that reached port. The matter was referred to the chief engineer and chief wharfinger.
The steamer Columbia from Portland has been unable to discharge her cargo of wheat and will in consequence be a day late in leaving port. The agents of the vessel complained to the commission and Chief Wharfinger Root explained that the trouble was all caused by grain dealers falling to remove their wheat from the grain sheds in the regulation twenty days. The Commissioners passed a resolution by which all owners will have to pay 10 cents a ton a day for every day over the twenty that the wheat remains on the wharves, or until the chief wharfinger can find a warehouse in which to store it at the owner's expense.
The Norwegian ship Hiawatha, loaded with coal, reached port last evening 152 days from Leith. Captain Jorgensen reports that when out about six weeks the coal in the main hatch became heated. It was carefully watched for a couple of weeks, when it became hotter and a large portion of it had to be thrown overboard. The cargo again became heated shortly before the arrival here. On August 26 the vessel was struck by a heavy sea which knocked the life boats loose and broke the compass on the bridge. The boats were secured without being much damaged.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Despite its ghostly quality, perhaps this is not a ghost sign, since the business is still there. Edwin Klockars' Blacksmith Shop, on Folsom between Fremont and First Streets, is San Francisco's only remaining blacksmith shop. I took the photo of the sign on 03-March-2008. I took the broader view of the shop today.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012
Red headed singer and actress Jeanette MacDonald left her hand and footprints and wishes to Sid Grauman for continued success on this slab on 04-December-1934 (DSC_0029). Jeanette MacDonald starred in several wonderful films with Maurice Chevalier and in one of my all-around favorites, San Francisco with Clark Gable.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Saturday, September 22, 2012
The stamp was issued to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the proclamation taking effect.
Update 9:15pm: The Giants beat the Padres to win the National League West.
Today we drove to Fifth and Mission and walked down Market. We visited The Melt in the Embarcadero Center and had lunch. We stopped at the MSR Museum and then walked to the ballpark. We saw Sergio Romo, Brian Wilson and Tim Flannery arrive. We walked back on Third Street.
Friday, September 21, 2012
The image is from the wonderful site CoverBrowser (http://www.coverbrowser.com/)
Buster Posey won the 2012 Willie Mac Award by vote of his teammates. Well deserved.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
The Giants' magic number is 4 after they completed a four-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies this afternoon. If Washington beats the Dodgers, the magic number will be 3.
Update at 8:30pm: Washington beat the Dodgers. The Giants' magic number is 3.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
A guard sat at the end of the car, by the observation platform. I asked him if the museum got many visitors. He said some days there were none, other days there were many. I saw five other people as I left.
This is one of the few museums I have visited that does not have a donation box.
I took the photo of WaaTeeKaa on 19-November-2011.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Major General Fighting Joe Hooker commanded the Union I Corps and was wounded. Several generals on both sides were killed. Major General Ambrose Burnside displayed some of his famous bad luck and poor planning at Burnside's Bridge.
Historians argue about whether or not this was a Union victory, but I say it was. The Confederates were driven out of Maryland. It was enough of a victory that Abraham Lincoln felt he could publish the Emancipation Proclamation.
The photo of Confederate dead is from the Library of Congress, cwpb.01435.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
During the Battle of Chickamauga, his corps performed well. Hooker replaced unlucky Ambrose Burnside as commander of the Army of the Potomac. Hooker had big plans, but his nerve failed at Fredericksburg.
In the history books I read as a young person, his removal as commander was almost the end of the story. Once I could dig around on the internet, I learned that he went on to distinguish himself as a corps commander for the rest of the war.
Fighting Joe Hooker always took good care of his men, and was appreciated for it.
Saturday, September 15, 2012
I took this photo of Stella Pilgrim's Good Shepherd statue at Good Shepherd Church on 12-June-2010.
Friday, September 14, 2012
The Oz Film Manufacturing Company, located in Los Angeles, was formed in 1914 to produce movies based on stories by L Frank Baum, the creator of The Wizard of Oz. The company made some movies, but was not a financial success. The ad is from the 20-June-1914 edition of Moving Picture World. The images are by John R Neill. Be sure to click on the image to see a larger version.
"Produced under the personal supervision of the author, L. FRANK BAUM."
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
A Great Northern Railroad ad from the 20-May-1911 San Francisco Call offers trips to Seattle by the "Scenic Shasta Route" (via Southern Pacific) or "Delightful Sea Trip" (I suppose by Jim Hill's Great Northern Pacific Steamship Company).
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Monday, September 10, 2012
Sunday, September 9, 2012
We don't hear much about Admission Day anymore. Today is the 162nd anniversary of California being welcomed into the Union. I took this photograph of Douglas Tilden's Native Sons Monument, which commemorates Admission Day, on 26-September-2007. It features a quote from Senator William H Seward: "The unity of our empire hangs on the decision of this day." Seward later served as Abraham Lincoln's Secretary of State.
The Giants won 2 out of 3 in a weekend series against the Dodgers. The Giants lead the second-place Dodgers by 5 1/2 games.
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Friday, September 7, 2012
Also on the bill at the San Francisco Orpheum was Jesse L Lasky, who later helped to found Paramount Studios.
Bertie Herron was "The Original Minstrel Miss."
The ad is from the 05-July-1908 San Francisco Call.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
I enjoyed President Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Short answer: Yes, of course.
Longer answer: From Elizabeth Warren, on ABC's Good Morning America:
"You know, I remember what was happening four years ago. The markets were crashing. The financial system was threatening to seize up. The auto industry was about to plunge over the edge. And there was a real question among most economists whether or not this country was headed into a full-fledged depression. But the real issue now in the election is who has got the best plan going forward?"
I enjoyed the convention speeches from Mayor Julian Castro of San Antonio and Michelle Obama.
Monday, September 3, 2012
Sunday, September 2, 2012
We went to dinner at Westlake Joe's. They were busy.
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Today we went to the 12th annual Labor Day Railfair at Ardenwood Farm. It was cool and overcast all day. There were no horse-powered train rides this year. One steam locomotives operated, Anne Marie, an 1890 Porter which was there for the fourth straight year. Anne Marie pulled a three car train: the covered car usually pulled by horses, and two flats. Anne Marie was putting out a lot of coal smoke, as shown in the photo. Later in the day they made some adjustments that reduced the smoke. They also switched the train around so that the covered car was in the middle. The smoke had trapped the smoke when the locomotive was hooked to that end of the train.
I like to catch the first train. The line at Ardenwood Station kept getting longer and longer during the day. Kids were having a great time.
The Oakland horse car was on display.
A cold locomotive sat in the yard with the safety valve removed. I talked to the owner, who said he had brought it down from Tacoma. It was supposed to run this weekend, but had developed a leak. He ran it the week before at the Sumpter Valley. He was surprised when I called it the Polygamy Central.
There was a big Garden Scale display, and a live steam display.
It was nice to see the animals, including two frisky piglets and a cow with a calf.