MV AURORA's last evening in Rio Vista, CA. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2010.
Writing the first portion of this post from the starboard forward suite (now called cabin 107) on board the lovely little AURORA (ex WAPPEN VON HAMBURG, DELOS, XANADU, etc.) as she is towed by the 1936-built former research vessel ROBERT GRAY. We departed Rio Vista, CA in the Sacramento River Delta at 03:00 this morning and are now in San Pablo Bay, approaching the Richmond Bridge some twelve hours later.
AURORA bridge to Carquinez Bridge. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2010.
Our destination is Pier 38 in San Francisco where the ship will be opened as a floating attraction in the near future. Two years of hard work have seen this grand 1955-built mini-liner greatly improved from her once derelict state and more work is being done to restore her to her original beauty. As this initial post was written, the Port of San Francisco was trying to intervene with the process and had threatened to deny the ship her proper berth.
MV AURORA off Angel Island in San Francisco Bay. Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2010.
UPDATE: Fortunately, AURORA’s journey continued as planned, albeit at an admittedly slow pace, averaging 2 knots once she ventured into San Francisco Bay. Seas remained relatively calm, although there was some incoming chop from the Golden Gate.
AURORA arrives! Photo and copyright Peter Knego 2010.
Shortly before 10:00 PM, the ship arrived at the end of Pier 38 and was safely tied up forty five minutes later. Full blog to come.
Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea. With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications. Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India. He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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