Posted on Sunday, August 1, 2010 by Peter Knego
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.
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.
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.
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.