22 January 2020

A ferry boat ride from San Francisco to Sausalito, with a ramble back to San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge: 22 January 2020

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A view from the San Francisco Ferry Terminal.

These beautifully detailed houses are located in Sausalito on the Bridgeway Promenade.

A map of the route. The portion of the journey from the San Francisco Ferry Terminal to Sausalito was via the M.S. San Francisco, a Golden Gate FerryThen it was a ramble from Sausalito to the southern terminus of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. After which two bus lines were used: A Muni 28 bus and a Muni 38R bus. A GPS receiver that was powered-on a little late recorded the journey.


The Golden Gate Bridge as seen from the ferry during our trip to Sausalito. San Francisco is on the left, and the Marin Headlands are on the right. Eleven men died during the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge.


A view of the southwestern portion of Angel Island. The building seen at sea level is a remnant of Camp Reynolds. In 1863 the federal government established the Camp Reynolds military base because of government concerns about threats to the Bay Area from Confederate sympathizers.


Mount Tamalpais is straight ahead; it is 2,572 feet tall. The mountain was enveloped by fog when this picture was taken.

A view of Sausalito as the ferry begins its docking maneuver.


Vina del Mar Park is located adjacent to the Sausalito ferry terminal.


A mother and child are cycling north on 2nd Street in Sausalito.


Sausalito, as seen from South Street.


These houses in Sausalito are contiguous with Richardson Bay.

This is a view of coastal gun Battery Yates. It was an Endicott Period gun battery with six 3" rapid-fire guns. The battery is located on the site of Fort Baker and was active from 1905 to 1943.

Here is a view of the Golden Gate Bridge as seen from Battery Yates. The scene is looking southwest. 

This is a picture of Fort Baker, as observed from Battery Yates.

This is Coast Guard Station Golden Gate, which is located at Fort Baker.

These are the entryways to below-ground facilities located at Fort Baker that were used to refresh the explosive charges in underwater mines. The underwater mines were used to protect the entry to San Francisco Bay. The mines contained granular dynamite, which has a somewhat short period of viability. The mines were periodically removed from the water for renewal. The mines were brought to this location to have the old granular dynamite extracted. Newly manufactured granular dynamite was then poured into the mines, and the refreshed mines were reinstalled underwater.

This is a Coast Guard Station dock located in Horseshoe Cove. There are three Coast Guard vessels moored at the dock. 

The Golden Gate Bridge, as seen from Point Cavallo.

The metal struts that are seen jutting out of the lower part of the Golden Gate Bridge are a recent addition to the bridge, and they are part of a work in progress. They are being installed on the Golden Gate Bridge as part of a suicide prevention barrierThe approximate cost of the Suicide Deterrent System is $211 million. Between 1937 and 2018, an estimated 1,800 people have jumped off the bridge. The four-second, 245-foot drop from the bridge roadway to San Francisco Bay causes a person who is dropping at about 75 miles per hour to hit the water "with the force of a speeding truck meeting a concrete building." Jumping off the bridge has at least a 98 percent fatality rate. As of 2013, it is estimated that 34 people have survived after jumping from the bridge. Here are some accounts of a number of suicides that took place at the bridge. In 2014 the bridge's directors approved a proposal for a suicide prevention barrier to be installed below the bridge's deck, extending out on both sides of the bridge.

The northern terminus of the Golden Gate Bridge.


This is the North Tower of the Golden Gate Bridge. The height of the bridge's towers are 746 feet above the water, and the Golden Gate Bridge's clearance above high water averages 220 feet. Each tower has approximately 600,000 rivets.


A view from the Golden Gate Bridge. Ahead are Angel Island, the Tiburon Peninsula, and Battery Yates. On the right, in the distance, are the cities of Berkeley, Kensington, Richmond, and Albany, which are located on or near the Berkeley Hills.

San Francisco as seen from the Golden Gate Bridge.

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   A Sony camera was used to take these photographs.

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