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Last year I started giving historical walking tours of downtown Oakland, but this spring and summer I’m taking it to the next level: boat tours! The good folks at Fish Emeryville will be operating the sea-craft and I’ll be providing the stories. Click here to see the available dates and book tickets.

The family-friendly, three-hour tours will cruise from the Emeryville Marina out to Yerba Buena Island before heading back towards the Oakland estuary for visits to the Port, Jack London Square and Alameda. Expect to hear stories about whale-hunters, literary legends, booming shipyards, sea creatures, notorious myths, Wild West showdowns, mysterious shipwrecks and more. Highlights will include views of houseboats, historical buildings and even an aircraft carrier.

I’m still developing the full tour itinerary, but here’s a little sample of some of the sources I’m exploring for inspiration…

1857 survey of East Bay shoreline [Photo courtesy of Oakland Library History Room]
Aerial view of Moore Dry Dock, located at the foot of Adeline St.
[Photo: “The Story of Moore Dry Dock Company” / Windgate Press]
The iconic cranes at the Port of Oakland

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