Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Cement Boat

Seacliff State Beach
(Excerpt) "... [During the WWI era] Three concrete ships were built at the U.S. Naval Shipyard in Oakland, California. These ships were the Faith, the Peralta, and the Palo Alto ... The Palo Alto remained docked in Oakland until 1929 ... Her maiden voyage was made under tow to Seacliff State Beach. Once positioned at the beach, the sea cocks were opened and the Palo Alto settled to the ocean bottom [near the surf line] ...".

"Faith" - World's First Ocean-Going Concrete Ship
In 1918, the world's first ocean-going vessel made from concrete was launched into San Francisco Bay. The concrete hull or possibly more of the WWI era ship, "Faith", may have been built in a shipyard on Redwood Creek at the Port of Redwood City (Source & Photo)