Images of America Ferries Of San Francisco Bay By Paul C. Trimble with William K
Images of America Ferries Of San Francisco Bay By Paul C. Trimble with William K
Images of America Ferries Of San Francisco Bay By Paul C. Trimble with William K
Images of America Ferries Of San Francisco Bay By Paul C. Trimble with William K

Images of America Ferries Of San Francisco Bay By Paul C. Trimble with William K

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Images of America Ferries Of San Francisco Bay By Paul C. Trimble with William K
Images of America Ferries Of San Francisco Bay By Paul C. Trimble with William Knorp
Softcover 127 pages
1.East Bay to San Francisco
2.Ferries of the North Bay
3.Across the Carquinez
4.Today's Ferries
A half-century has passed since the last major automobile ferries and the last conventional passenger ferries crossed San Francisco Bay. Yet memories of them linger, taking us back to when America had only 48 states and when there were no touch-tone telephones,' color televisions, computers, digital watches, calculators, DVD players, cell phones, or other gadgets, which today are as much taken for granted as the ferryboats were in their day.
In recent years, there has been a revival of ferry travel on the San Francisco Bay, yet with suburban sprawl miles away from shore and without effective feeder systems, they are less than a totally efficient mode of transport for today's commuters. By contrast, most of the old ferries were linked with railways and a higher density of living and working areas, making them models which today's planners would do well to emulate, for overall, they were indispensable to the economy and well-being of the San Francisco Bay Area.
With stacks belching black smoke, steam whistles sounding signals to other maritime craft, and bells clanging from atop the pilothouses or hurricane decks, the ferries carried millions upon millions of passengers who were afforded such amenities as restaurants, saloons, candy and cigar stands, glorious views of the world's largest landlocked harbor (or the fog, as the case may be), and a chance to read the newspapers. Commuters formed social groups with regular seats, and woe unto any interloper who chanced to occupy the seat of a "regular!"
Fifty-six years ago, the author was privileged, along with his Cub Scout pack, to visit the pilothouse of an Oakland-San Francisco steamer, perhaps the Berkeley or the Sacramento. The gracious captain showed us his domain, explaining this and that, and then called for questions. The first came from the author, who pointed to the deck next to the wheel where there was a white enamel bowl half filled with an amber liquid of an obnoxious nature and asked, "What's that?" The only response was adult laughter.
Alas, the cuspidors are gone, along with the steamers themselves, their legacies sustained by old movies, books, models, photographs, memorabilia, and occasionally a preserved craft. Soon there will be no one left with the personal memories, and these items will have to suffice.
This book's purpose is to preserve those memories, whether of the ferryboat fan, the former commuter, the traveler, or the young boy who wanted to grow up to become a ferryboat captain, and to extend them to the generations who will never experience the thrills we had while crossing the bay's waters on a steam-powered, double-ended sidewheeler.
Decades before San Francisco Bay was crisscrossed by bridges, an extensive network of ferries plied these green waters, moving passengers, vehicles, and freight between San Francisco, Alameda, Marin, Solano, Sonoma, and Contra Costa Counties. Very few of the ferries survive today, but at one time, elegant and sturdy vessels like the Santa Clara, Sacramento, Encinal, Eureka, Oakland, and Tamalpais ruled the waves and supported the critical commerce of this region. From the early days of single-enders, double-enders, stern-wheelers, and side-wheelers burning coal arid crude oil, to more modern designs of diesel-powered craft, these vessels have long been an important link in Bay Area transport, along with their railway connections. Equipped with up to four decks, the ferries' cargoes included commuters, livestock, automobiles, mail, convicts, express packages, and even entire railroad trains.
Transportation historian Paul C. Trimble, author of Railways of San Francisco, presents here an impressive collection of early ferry images. Tapping the archives of ferry historian William Knorp, the National Maritime Museum, Northwestern Pacific Railroad Historical Society, and other private collections, Trimble brightens the fading memories of the elegant and bygone ferry era with images of these impressive leviathans and the people who worked and rode t em.
The Ima es of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoo s, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, ach title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the haracter of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in e preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.

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