Hyde Street Pier 6, SF 2013

Karin Ott

A final, lovely weatherworn detail from Hyde Street Pier for this time. Maybe more next year… But it’s not the end of the San Francisco thread. Stay tuned!

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Hyde Street Pier 5, SF 2013

Karin Ott

So much of San Francisco’s early days were based on the proximity to the sea and the coming and going of sailing ships. For instanse, some of the present land is landfill based on abandoned ships, deserted by the crew who left the ships to stay in the rapid growing city.

Hyde Street Pier 2, SF 2013

Karin Ott

The barge in the foreground of the previous image was used to transport lumber from Oregon. As a rare treat a ranger stepped up as we entered the barge and offered to take us below. That part is closed off unless in the company of a ranger. It was an amazing experience – almost like being inside a gigantic tree. I’m sure you can see why…

Hyde Street Pier 1, SF 2013

Karin Ott

Time for a few details from Hyde Street Pier. This pier is one of the first ones you pass when you walk from the end of the Powell-Hyde cable car line and walk down Fisherman’s Wharf. If you turn your attention away from the souvenir shops you might notice the grand old sailing ship by the pier, but not that many knows this is a museum.

The pier hosts a range of historic ships and is a national historical park. You can walk around the pier for free and if you want to board the ships, it’s free for kids under 16 and only $5 for adults – good for seven days. Now that is a good deal! Here’s the website: http://www.maritime.org/hours.htm

A useful tip: there are free public toilets here – a rare thing at Fisherman’s Wharf.