Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Whaleback Steamer -- June 29, 2010

From the 05-March-1895 San Francisco Call. WA Coulter did many maritime drawings for the newspaper. This one shows a whaleback ship. Several shipbuilders promoted whalebacks as the next big thing in the 1880s and 1890s. The hull curved like the back of a whale. The type did not catch on for various reasons. Many served on the Great Lakes, but only one, the Meteor, survives.


The Whaleback City of Everett Arrive From Puget Sound.


A Formidable Rival to the Local Liners— An Experimental Trip.

The whaleback steamer City of Everett, of which much has been written since she was launched from the place the name of which she bears, arrived in port yesterday morning with 3300 tons of coal for the Southern Pacific Company. She is a curious specimen of marine architecture, and her arrival brought down great crowds to the water front to get a peep at her. She came from Comox, B. C, stopping at Port Townsend to take on board twenty-three passengers. She was eighty-four hours from the former place and sixty-two hours from Port Townsend. Among the City of Everett's passengers were: Captain Alex MacDougall, inventor of the whaleback and general manager of the American Steel Barge Company of New York; J. B. Crooker, who represents the interests of the Rockefellers on the coast; A. W. Thompson, cashier of the American Steel Barge Company; James Smith, superintendent of the Frontier Iron Works of Detroit, which furnished the vessel's engines; Hugh Calderwood, who superintended the building of the ship; and several prominent citizens of Everett and their families. Messrs. Crooker and Smith were accompanied by their wives.

The vessel came up the harbor flying the blue peter from her foremast, a pennant with her name strung from the mainmast and her signal flags streaming from the mizzen, while the stars and stripes floated at the peak. The low sullen sound of her siren awoke the echoes in the surrounding hills, and people rushed out from all points wondering what strange craft had invested the waters. All the ferry-boats saluted the new comer and an opportune blast set off at Gray's quarry on Telegraph Hill lent warmth to the welcome accorded to the whaleback. A longshoreman wanted to know what warship that was and a facetious Custom-house official told him that it was a Japanese cruiser come to shell Chinatown. He believed it and spread the tale among the Italian fishermen, and there was great joy on the seawall and drinking of claret and much munching of macaroni thereat.

Captain Bucknam, who is in temporary command of the whaleback, is "shore captain" for the American Steel Barge Company, the owners, builders and operators of all the round-deck craft. He speaks in highest terms of the latest addition to the fleet and. says that the trip, down was a most pleasant one.

"We have on board 3800 tons of coal," said he, "and we brought down besides thirty-three in the crew twenty-three passengers. Although the vessel is not intended as a passenger-boat, still there was nothing but the greatest satisfaction expressed at the manner in which she behaved. SYe had a heavy gale, too, on the way down, but she rode through it like a gull. In rough weather we made twelve knots, and for a spurt reached a speed of fourteen and a quarter knots. On the entire trip we averaged about nine knots. Her mean draught is 19 feet 0 inches. Going back to Comox we will put in 1700 tons of water for ballast, and this, with her coal-bunkers full, will give her a draught aft of 16 feet, and 13 feet forward."

On the deck are four big turrets, each containing two hoisting engines. The vessel has eight hatches, which open nearly the entire length of the ship, and with her superior hoisting facilities it is estimated tnat she can be discharged in two days. Her engines are triple expansion and of the most modern designs. The deck is protected by heavy wire cables stretched from iron stanchions at intervals of about fifteen feet. It is impossible by this arrangement for any water to remain on deck. The main house rests on two immense turrets set on the after part of the deck, from which two gangways run forward to the bridge, on which is the captain's room, pilot and chart house. Four metallic lifeboats rest on the deck, ready for use at any moment. Steam steering gear is used, and the appointments all through are most thorough and up to date in every particular.

The coming of the Everett recalls the passing of the whaleback Wetmore. When that unfortunate craft came to the coast about three years ago it was predicted that there would be a revolution in the freighting business on the coast. Old mariners shook their heads and said she would not do, and when she went on the rocks in Coos Bay they said: "I told you so." The Everett is not much larger than the Wetmore, being a little over 1800 tons net, but she is stronger and especially adapted for the ocean trade. She will form the crucial test for the "coming" vessels and if she is a success more vessels of her class will be built on the Sound. Like the Wetmore she has a round stern and her bow ends in a snout.

"The Everett is an experiment on the coast," said Captain MacDougall, inventor of the whaleback. "The Wetmore was built for the lakes, but if she were properly handled she would have proved the worth of the whaleback. It was not her fault that she went on the rocks. The whalebacks have been severely criticized on the coast, but their critics have been owners of other vessels whose trade the new ships might injure.

"The whalebacks have been a success on the lakes and also on the Atlantic, where they have rode through storms which have wrecked vessles (sic - JT) of other models. Captain Bucknam has been twice through a hurricane, and he can attest the seaworthiness of the craft.

"The Everett is the thirty-ninth whaleback which has been built, and the fortieth vessel is now under construction at our yards at West Superior. We started to build the Everett when things were booming on the sound, but as the boom petered out we finished her up for the New York and Tamnico trade. If business warrants we will keep her on the coast, and may build more vessels. Forty vessels, including 130,000 tonnage, is a pretty good record for five years, and you can judge from that whether the boats are a success. We are in competition with no class of vessels, or with all classes, as you like. All vessels are in competition for that matter, and we are in it with the rest."

The Everett sailed yesterday afternoon for Port Costa, after landing her passengers.

Monday, June 28, 2010

BART Adventures -- June 28, 2010

Today was an exciting day. I was at my desk this morning when I got a message from a co-worker. He said he was going to be late because BART had stopped its trains to check the tracks after an earthquake. I went to the USGS site and found that it was off the Sunset District. At the time they estimated 3.5. Now they estimate 3.3. He got to work a little later.

Going home, I went down to the platform at Montgomery. The signs said the next train would be a 10-car to the airport. I walked to catch the last car. As I stood there, the station agent announced that the first two cars of the airport train had been locked down, so people should get on the remaining eight cars as quickly as possible. When the train arrived, the most the lights were off in the first two cars. The train sailed by and didn't stop until the first two cars were in the tunnel. I ran up to the last car and got on. There I found that the heater was on full blast. I didn't try to change cars because I worried I might not get a seat elsewhere.

I took the photo in the sauna car before I got off.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Red Devils Return to Pacifica #4 -- June 27, 2010

I first spotted a fireworks stand while driving home on Wednesday. There has not been much controversy in the Tribune. I took this photo of the stand in the Park Mall on 26-June-2010.

Before the game yesterday, the Giants honored Monte Irvin and retired his number. Mays, McCovey, Marichal, Perry and Cepeda were there. Wow.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Waterless Knox #8 -- June 26, 2010

The Waterless (air-cooled) Knox automobile was manufactured in Springfield, Massachusetts. I like the name Waterless Knox. It reminds me of a Doctor Seuss character. This 1905 ad is from a wonderful site called Vintage Ad Browser: http://www.vintageadbrowser.com/

It was very wet every morning this week except today. We went to Burlingame where it was actually warm. It was nice to get back to the fog.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Three Years -- June 24, 2010

I launched this blog on 24-June-2007, after a false start on Geocities earlier that month. 684 entries later, I can say I've met many nice people and learned some interesting things.

I took the opportunity to review the topics I have covered so far. I see some personal interests that I have missed and will have to be sure to cover in the next year. I'm not sure the counts below are correct.

09/11 3

1906 6

Abbott and Costello 2
Abraham Lincoln 5
Admission Day 1
Advent 1
advertisement 1
aerial tramway 1
Alaska 13
Alexander Graham Bell 2
Alexander Solzhenitsyn 1
Alice Howell 1
alley 8
Andrew Furuseth 1
Angels Flight 1
animation 1
anniversary 2
apple 2
April Fools' Day 3
Arch Hoxsey 1
architecture 1
Ardenwood 11
Arizona 3
Armistice Day 1
Art Clokey 1
Ash Wednesday 1
Automotive history 29
Avenger 1
aviation history 31

Barney Oldfield 5
barry bonds 5
baseball 56
Batman 2
Bay to Breakers 1
Bebe Daniels 1
Benjamin Franklin 1
Benny Goodman 1
berlin wall 1
Bessie Love 1
Bill's Place 1
Billie Ritchie 1
Billy Bevan 1
Blackhawk Auto Museum 2
Bleriot 2
blimp 3
blog-a-thon 7
blogathon 8
blues 1
book 15
boxing 5
bricks 2
bridge 7
bridge unit 1
British Columbia 1
Buck O'Neil 1
Buddy Holly 1
buster keaton 1

cable cars 17
California Academy of Science 1
california historical society 4
California history 1
California poppies 1
California Tourist Guide and Handbook 1
California Western Railroad 3
calliope 4
Canada 1
Captain Future 1
Carl Nolte 1
Carroll John Daly 1
Cartoon Art Museum 2
Carville 1
cat 36
catching up 4
Catholic Schools Week 3
Charlie Chaplin 4
Chevrolet 1
Chevy 1
chinatown 4
Chinese New Year 3
Christmas 18
Christmas tree 1
Chronicle 6
Chutes 1
Cinco de Mayo 2
civil rights 1
Cliff House 6
Clover Milk 1
Colma 2
Columbus Day 3
comics 6
communism 1
Creature Features 1
cruise 11
curtiss 4

DARPA Challenge 1
Dashiell Hammett 8
deer 1
Devil's Slide 2
Dimaggio 1
Disney Family Museum 1
Disney Museum 1
Disneyland 13
Doc Savage 1
Doctor P. H. Van der Weyde 35
Dodgers 2
Doris Lessing 1
Douglas Tilden 3
duck 5
Duke Ellington 1
DVD 11
DW Griffith 1

E Clampus Vitus 1
Earth Day 1
Eartha Kitt 1
earthquake 9
East Bay Terminal 2
Easter 3
Edgar Allan Poe 1
Edward Kennedy 1
El Granada 3
election 10
escapology 3

Fairbanks 2
Famous Monsters of Filmland 1
Father Damien 1
Fathers' Day 4
Felix the Cat 1
ferry 3
Ferry Building 2
Film Fun 1
fire 5
firehouse 32
fireworks 5
Flag Day 3
flying 3
fog 1
food 1
Ford 3
Forrest J Ackerman 1
Fort Bragg 1
Frank Norris 1
Fred Karno 1
Friday the 13th 2
funicular 2

G8 1
geese 1
Gelett Burgess 3
Gene Autry 1
George Washington 2
Georges Méliès 1
Gertrude Stein 1
Ghirardelli Square 1
Giants 66
Golden Gate National Recreation Area 1
Golden Gate Park 10
Good Friday 3
Good Shepherd 30
graffitti 1
Grauman's Chinese 11
Green Lama 1
Groundhog Day 1
Gumby 1

Half Moon Bay 9
Halloween 5
Harold Geissenheimer 1
Harold Lloyd 3
Harold Pinter 1
Harry Langdon 2
Harry Potter 1
Harvard 1
hats 2
Heald 1
health care reform 1
Henry Casebolt 1
herald 8
Herb Caen 1
holiday 55
Hollywood 11
Hollywood Walk of Fame 1
Holy Saturday 1
homeless 1
horse car 5
horsecar 5
Houdini 2
Howard Zinn 1
Huckleberry Finn 1

Independence Day 3
Indianapolis 500 1
Ingmar Bergman 1
iPad 1
ipod 4
Italy 2

Jack Benny 1
Jack London 2
Jaime Escalante 1
Jasper Fforde 1
jazz 7
JD Salinger 1
Jejune Institute 3
Jerry Flamm 1
Jim Carroll 1
Jimmy Adams 1
Jimmy Parrott 1
Joan Blondell 1
Joe 4
Joe Venuti 1
Joe Zawinul 1
John Barrymore 1
John J Pershing 1
John Stephenson 1
John Updike 1
Johnny Griffin 1
Juan Marichal 1
juneau 1
jury duty 1

Ketchikan 1
Key System 2
Keystone 1
Kino 1
Knox 10

Labor Day 3
Land's End 7
Lansing 1
Larry Gelbart 1
Larry Semon 1
Laurel and Hardy 1
Lawrence Halprin 1
Lefty O'Doul's 1
Lena Horne 1
Lent 2
Life on Mars 2
Lige Conley 1
Lincecum 10
Lincoln Beachey 1
Livy 1
llama 1
Lloyd Hamilton 1
Locomobile 1
locomotive 8
Lon Chaney 1
Los Angeles 1
Louise Fazenda 1
Luciano Pavarotti 1

Mabel Normand 1
macworld 1
Manufacturer and Builder Magazine 20
Marion Davies 1
Mark Twain 2
Market Street Railway 1
Marx Brothers 1
Mary Pickford 1
Max Roach 1
May Day 1
Mazzetti's Bakery 1
Memorial Day 3
Mexico 2
Michael Chabon 1
Michael Jackson 1
Michelangelo Antonioni 1
Midwinter Fair 2
mission 1
monorail 1
Monte Collins 1
moon landing 1
Moss Beach 1
mothers' day 3
Mount Tamalpais 1
movies 38
msr 1
muni 12
Musee Mecanique 1
music 12
mutoscope 3

National Train Day 1
Navy 3
Neal Burns 1
Negro Leagues 1
new year 6
New York to Paris Race 1
newspaper 1
Nick's 1
nitrate film 5
Norma Talmadge 1
Norman Mailer 1
Northwestern Pacific 4
Norton Buffalo 1
Nut Tree 2

Oakland 3
obsolete technology 7
Ocean Shore Railroad 10
octopus 1
Ogden Nash 1
Oliver Hardy 1
olympics 1
opera 1
oracle 6
Original Joe's 1
Orlando Cepeda 1
Oscar Peterson 1
otr 4
Otto Messmer 1

Pacific Coast Steamship Company 1
Pacifica 58
Palace Hotel 2
Palm Sunday 1
Parking Day 1
Patrick McGoohan 1
Patton 1
Pearl Harbor Day 2
Pescadero 1
pge 1
Phil Frank 1
phonoautograph 1
photography 2
photophone 1
Pier 39 1
Playland-at-the-Beach 1
podcast 1
poetry 1
Point Richmond 1
Pony Express 2
Port Costa 1
Presidents' Day 2
Presidio 7
pulp 13
pumpkin 1

Q-FM 2

Race Williams 1
racing car 17
racism 3
radio 12
Railroad history 56
Ralph DePalma 1
Raoul Walsh 1
Ravenswood Winery 1
Raymond Chandler 1
Reminiscences of an Active Life 23
restaurant 10
Rich Aurilia 1
Rincon Hill 2
Robert Burns 1
rock'n'roll 2
Rockaway Beach 1
Rod Beck 1
Rome 1
Roof Rides 1

Sacramento 7
Sailors' Union of the Pacific 1
Saint Igantius 1
Saint Joseph's Day 2
Saint Monicas 1
Saint Patrick's Day 3
Saint Valentine's Day 3
samtrans 20
San Francisco history 120
San Francisco State University 5
San Juan Bautista 4
Santa Rosa 1
sculpture 2
seagull 1
Seals 2
See's 1
serials 2
Shadow 1
Shakespeare 1
Sherlock Holmes 2
ships 9
sidewalk art 2
signs 34
silent movies 35
Skagway 3
slapstick 12
snake 1
Snub Pollard 1
Sonoma 3
Sopwith 1
sound recording 1
South Park 2
Southern Pacific 3
Spamalot 1
Spanish-American War 1
speaking 1
Spider 1
spring 4
Stan Laurel 2
stanford 4
Stanley Steamer 1
statue 16
storm 26
Sutro Baths 3
Sydney Chaplin 1

Tanforan 4
tax 1
tcm 1
tea baggers 1
telephone 2
Thanksgiving 3
The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion 6
The Prisoner 1
theater 3
Theodore Roosevelt 2
Thomas Flyer 3
Thomas Jefferson 1
Thursday Next 1
Tom Lantos 1
Tracy Arm Fjord 1
train station 25
transit 46
Turner Classic Movies 1

Union City 1
Union Square 1

vandalism 1
vaudeville 1
Vernon Alley 1
Veterans Day 3
Victor Hugo 1
Victoria 1

W. A. Coulter 5
Wachovia 1
walking tour 7
Wall of Fame 15
Walt Disney 1
Walter Rice 1
Walter Wellman 1
war 2
Watchmen 1
Wax Museum 4
WC Fields 1
wedding 3
Wells Fargo 3
Western Railway Museum 3
westerns 2
what is this 2
White Motor Car 2
White Pass and Yukon 2
why 8
Wicked 1
William Manley Vander Weyde 2
Willie Howard 1
Willie Mays 3
Willie McCovey 2
Willits 1
Wizard of Oz 2
wright 1

Yale 1
Yerba Buena Gardens 10

Ziegfeld Follies 1

A special thank you to the people who have taken the time to comment on my rambling observations.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Willie Mays -- June 23, 2010

Willie Mays, the greatest Giant, sits among Lance Armstrong, Joe Louis, and Muhammed Ali at the San Francisco Wax Museum. I took the photo at the San Francisco Wax Museum on 04-August-2007.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Pulp #13 -- June 21, 2010

I have never read a Captain Future, Wizard of Science pulp story -- I'm not a science fiction fan -- but the covers are always interesting. In the far future of 1999, Captain Future, Curtis Newton, and Planet Patrol Agent Joan Randal travelled the solar system fighting for justice.
The image is from a wonderful site called Cover Browser: http://www.coverbrowser.com/.
There were lots of Russian sailors running around downtown. They were all shorter than I was. I wonder if it was because of poor childhood nutrition.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Fathers' Day #3 -- June 20, 2010

Happy Fathers' Day to all my fellow fathers. I miss my dad.
Darren McGavin's "Old Man" in Jean Shepherd's A Christmas Story is one of my favorite movie dads.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Point Richmond -- June 19, 2010

We had a nice Father's Day weekend adventure: a picnic at George Miller Park and a visit to the Golden State Model Railroad Museum. Today was not an operating day, so we got to talk to some of the members and admire the modeling. Then we drove through the tunnel and took a walk around Point Richmond. I took the photo of the wig wags today.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Grauman's Chinese #11 -- June 18, 2010

Joan Blondell, widely loved Warner Brothers star, left her hand and high-heeled shoe prints in the forecourt of Grauman's Chinese on 10-February-1937. Her upstairs neighbor is Hearst gossip columnist Louella O(ettinger) Parsons. DSCN4147. I took this on 18-July-2009.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Northwestern Pacific #2 -- June 17, 2010

The Northwestern Pacific -- and its predecessors -- has always been one of my favorite railroads. This advertisement from the 16-October-1909 San Francisco Call describes its standard gauge steam service north through Marin and Sonoma counties, which had not yet reached Eureka, and its standard gauge third-rail suburban commuter service in Marin County. The trips from Point Reyes (Station) to Cazadero and Duncan(s) Mills are a remnant of the North Pacific Coast's narrow gauge steam service.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Signs of the Times #33 - June 16, 2010

Yesterday I saw this sign posted on a building on Howard Street. There will be a hearing tomorrow to see about making the building into a medical marijuana dispensary.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Happy Flag Day #3 -- June 14, 2010

June 14 is Flag Day and it is also the anniversary of the 1846 Bear Flag Revolt, in Sonoma, where American and other settlers led by William B Ide rose up against the Mexican goverment of California and declared a California Republic. Some time around this date, William L Todd, nephew of Mary Todd Lincoln, created the original Bear Flag, which the rebels raised on a flagpole in the Sonoma Plaza. The California Republic faded away when the rebels learned that the United States had declared war on Mexico in June. The original Bear Flag burned in the 1906 Earthquake and Fire in San Francisco. The California state flag is based on the Bear Flag.
I took the photo of the second Bear Flag monument in Sonoma Plaza on 08-April-2010. I have not been able to find the name of the sculptor.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Chevy -- June 13, 2010

Some well-paid executive at General Motors probably read an article in a business magazine and had a revelation about their trademarks. He decreed that using the name Chevy dilutes the value of the trademark Chevrolet. He insisted that no one should utter the name Chevy, and that people should be fined for using it. I don't think people at Coca Cola have a problem with anyone calling it Coke. I understand that the proclamation has been rescinded. I hope so.

This is a personal subject for me because by father always bought Chevies -- and he always called them Chevies. The first one I remember was a used green 1957 Chevy Bel Air. After that we had a used 1961 Impala with a manual transmission and a straight 6. The engine block was painted blue. I learned to drive on that one. We had earlier bought a new 1970-something Vega with an automatic transmission so my sister could learn to drive. It was bright green. After someone stole and burned the Impala, we got a new mid-to-late 1970s Nova. I drove that one a lot. Later, they purchased another Chevy -- I don't remember the model -- which was my dad's last car.

The 1957 Chevy Bel Air ad is from a neat site called Vintage Ad Browser: http://www.vintageadbrowser.com/

Ours was a two-door Bel Air, which was painted a darker green. It may have been a One-Fifty. I'll have to digitize some old photos.

The only person I can think of who might have agreed with this executive is Louis Chevrolet, but he parted with the company on bad terms.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Hot Today -- June 12, 2010

It was very warm today. We took a drive down 280 to the Stanford Shopping Center. On the way, we discovered that our air conditioning was not working. It was in the 90s at Stanford. Back in Pacifica, it was only about 80F, but that was enough. After a bit of work, we went to 5 o'clock mass at Good Shepherd. A baby cried during communion. Father Greg said he has no trouble with crying babies. It's another form of worship.

After mass, I took the photo of Stella Pilgrim's statue of Jesus the Good Shepherd.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Hark the Herald #8 -- June 10, 2010

This 1926 Coast Line schedule bears the classic Southern Pacific herald.

It was very warm today. I didn't get to take a walk at lunchtime yesterday, but I did today. I decided to do a diagonal walk, turning right at one corner and left at the next, going east and north. I wanted to see if I would hit a block I had never walked on before. I went on Howard, New Montgomery, Mission, Second, Market, Sansome, Bush, Battery, Pine, Front, California, Davis, Sacramento, Drumm, Clay between the Embarcadero Center and the Peter Pan tent, then across the plaza and Steuart to Market. I came back on Mission. I think I have never walked on Pine between Battery and Front before.

People are excited about the World Cup, which started today.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Alley #8 -- June 10, 2010

Looking down Hotaling Place from Jackson towards the Transamerica Pyramid on 06-April-2010. The buildings on either side of the alley were the whiskey warehouses of Anson P Hotaling. The buildings and the surrounding block survived the Earthquake and Fire in 1906 in part because the Fire Department saw of the wisdom of not blowing up buildings that contained millions of gallons of alchohol. The wavy lines in the street represent the original shoreline.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

For the Love of Film #2 -- June 9, 2010

This post is a follow-up to For the Love of Film, The Film Preservation Blogathon., which was hosted by Ferdy on Films (http://www.ferdyonfilms.com/) and The Self-Styled Siren (http://selfstyledsiren.blogspot.com/).
Participants and visitors to the blogathon donated $13,500 to the National Film Preservation Foundation. The NFPF is going to use that money to preserve two western movies from a trove of American films recently discovered in New Zealand. "The Better Man" is a 1912 Vitagraph production. "The Sergeant" is a 1910 Selig Polyscope production, shot in the Yosemite Valley when the park was managed by the Army. The blogathon will get a credit in the titles of each movie.
I can't wait.

Monday, June 7, 2010

New Chaplin Credit -- June 7, 2010

Paul E Gierucki of CineMuseum LLC discovered a previously unknown cameo by Charlie Chaplin in a Keystone comedy, "A Thief Catcher." Charlie appears as a Keystone Kop. The movie will be shown at this year's Slapsticon in Rosslyn, Virginia.

The cover of the August, 1915 Film Fun comes from AceCovers: http://www.magazine-covers.net/

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Mrs Van der Weyde's Obituary -- June 6, 2010

Doctor Peter Henri Van Der Weyde wrote the series of articles which gave this blog its name. Here is the obituary of his wife Jeannette from the 03-January-1891 Brooklyn Eagle.


On Tuesday morning, December 30, Jeannette W. Vander Weyde, the wife of Dr. P. H. Vander Weyde, died of pneumonia, after a brief illness, at the age of 83 years. Mrs. Vander Weyde leaves many friends to mourn her loss. The family and intimate friends gathered at the residence, 236 Duffield street, last evening to attend the funeral services.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Fog and Sun -- June 5, 2010

Today there was dense fog right along the coast and bright sunlight just inland.

It was very hot and muggy. Father Piers stopped during the eucharistic prayer and said he felt faint. I opened the side door.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Train Station #23 -- June 4, 2010

The Ocean Shore Railroad has been gone since 1921. North Granada station, across the road from Princeton, has served as a restaurant for many years. The Red Ginger went under recently. Before that it, was called the Moon Bay. The building has had bits added on, but the shape of the tile roof makes its origin clear.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Firehouse #32-- June 3, 2010

Station 44 of the Coastside Fire Protection District in Moss Beach. I took the photo on 08-February-2010.

Dennis Hopper died and Ken Griffey, Jr retired. Sad.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Clifford B. Harmon and Glenn Curtiss -- June 1, 2010

From the 23-january-1910 Los Angeles Herald. Clifford B. Harmon was a rich aviation enthusiast. Curtiss was a pioneering airplane creator and pilot. They are posing at the 1910 Los Angeles International Air Meet at Dominguez Field, the first big airshow in the United States.