Wednesday, July 27, 2011
the SS Jeremiah O'Brien cruise
The SS Jeremiah O'Brien is one of two last remaining liberty ships, and she is kept afloat by a group of volunteers who take her out occasionally for a little outing. http://www.usmm.org/libertyships.html For my birthday this year we took a day cruise from San Francisco up through Suisun Bay to look at the mothballed fleet tied up there. http://scotthaefner.com/beyond/mothball-fleet-ghost-ships/ Who knew there were so many types of ships? But the lead paint and who knows how many other heavy metals are seriously befouling the bay waters, so these ships, mostly from WWII, are being either moved or scrapped. I frequently drive over this bridge and have been watching the rafts of ships get smaller. It was really interesting to get to sail up close and have the captain tell us what each one was and used to do. Things look pretty different from the level of the bay, and it was a good time for all.