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Monday, May 30, 2011

San Diego Maritime Museum/Star of India - Ferryboat Berkeley - November 29, 2008

Old pictures but I like ships. Maybe you do too?

This is from the Maritime Museum of San Diego, aka the Star of India. If you are interested in sailing ships AT ALL I'd highly recommend it. (My profile picture comes from this site, too!)

I will have 7 blog entries from this museum, so this will serve as the index page.

Ferryboat Berkeley - This page
Sailing on the Californian
Yacht Medea
HMS Surprise
Russian Foxtrot Submarine
Star of India Exhibits
Star of India Ship

The museum itself is actually in the historic ships on the waterfront.

My mom got a kick out of the cruise ships, LOL.

Close on the Star of India.

"The 'Star of India,' a three masted bark, is the oldest iron-hulled merchant ship afloat. Built on the Isle of Man, Great Britain, she was launched in 1863 and christened "Euterpe".

Here's the HMS Surprise, perhaps best-known for its role in Master and Commander. Per this page, it was the HMS Providence in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides." (Haven't seen it yet; don't spoil me!)

We stopped by the ferryboat Berkeley, which is kind of the main starting point.

There were several exhibits inside, and--upstairs, restrooms.

Oh my goodness!

Honestly, upon first walking in, I thought it must be a place of worship. No; that's just turn of the (last) century shipbuilding. It served around San Francisco from 1898 - 1958, and was the first successful propeller-driven ferryboat on the West Coast, and the first with electric lighting.

The floor here was called a "puzzle piece" floor if I recall correctly. At any rate, that's just what it looked like!


Here's the inside of the ladies' room. :)

Look at the "B" reflections on the floor!

It spent 3 days ferrying victims of the San Francisco earthquake of April 18, 1906.

There was a very vintage-looking beverage bar area (not in use that morning, but at the time, at least, you could rent the area out for parties). I believe the restaurant was on the lowest level of the ferry, back in the day.


Hard to read here but the menu from Wednesday, August 14, 1940 says:

Beef Broth with Rice....15; with Meals.....10
Chicken Noodle Soup.....20; with Meals.....15
Cream of Tomato Soup....20; with Meals.....15
Iced Pure Tomato Juice.............10

Lettuce and Tomato Salad.....10
Lettuce Salad.....15
Potato Salad.....10
RANIER ALE, bottle....20


Today's Special Entrees

Boiled Corned Shoulder of Pork with Cabbage.....40
Pot Roast of Beef with Macaroni.....45
Club Steak with Fried Potatoes.....50
Fried Liver with Bacon.....40
Hamburger Steak with Fried Potatoes.....35
Chip Steak Sandwich, on Toast.....20
Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce.....25
Hot Roast Beef Sandwich.....30
Macaroni and Cheese, Cream Sauce....25
Homemade Corned Beef Hash.....25
Baked Beans.....25
Chili Con Carne.....25

Half Cantaloupe.....10
Pound Cake.....10
Half Grapefruit.....10
Sliced Hawaiian Pineapple.....15
Assorted Pies, per cut.....10
Preserved Figs.....10
Stewed Prunes....10

From the bow of the Berekley--kind of surreal to look out at modern downtown San Diego.

A few exhibits, like a cut-away of the HMS Challenger:

Paddleboat model:

Then we went out to wait for a little sailing voyage on the "Californian." I'm not even 1/4 through my photos...anyone wanna see more?

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