Ship Shape: Warships, Tall Ships and Historic Watercraft of the Bay Area

Posted: July 2, 2014  |  By: Tim Viall [The Record]

Some as long as three football fields, these mighty ships helped win World War II and Operation Desert Storm, shipped goods all over the world, ferried passengers and hauled hay in San Francisco Bay -- they are the warships, tall ships and historic watercraft of the Bay Area.

The USS Hornet is a World War II aircraft carrier and floating museum in Alameda. The Cape Fear is part of the "ghost fleet" (the national Defense Reserve Fleet) in Suisun Bay. The Balclutha is an 1886 schooner tied up at the Hyde Street Pier in San Francisco Bay. They make up part of more than two dozen warships and historic watercraft around the Bay Area. All can be seen for little or no money, and all are within a 90-minute drive of Stockton.

So, let's set sail, starting with the USS Hornet in Alameda. Sure to please youngsters and boat-lovers alike, a tour of the USS Hornet also includes almost a dozen other newer Navy ships moored nearby and thousands of pleasure boats in Alameda marinas.

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