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Ever since I started hosting tours of the San Francisco Bay aboard the Pacific Pearl four years ago, the route has remained the same. After leaving the Emeryville Marina, we cruise up to the Berkeley pier, followed by Treasure Island, Yerba Buena Island and then the Port of Oakland. We travel through the Oakland estuary until reaching Brooklyn Basin before doing a U-turn, and then cruise back to the Bay along the Alameda side of the channel. After a quick stop to check out an unusual perspective of the Bay Bridge, we return to Emeryville. I’ve loved doing this route, but I’ve decided that it’s time for a change.
Following my 2023 season, I’m going to develop a new route and new stories to go along with it. There will be different locations and chapters of local history to explore. However, for the next six months, I’ll still be taking folks on the “classic” tour that I described above. I’m always hearing from people who tell me that they’ve been meaning to take the tour but haven’t gotten around to it yet. This is your chance!
Tickets are now available for June and July tours; more dates for the following months will be added soon. Please be advised that tours generally sell out weeks in advance. (The best way to find out about new tour dates is by subscribing to my free newsletter, which also includes links to other local history events, articles, and related news).
If you haven’t been out on the tour yet, I hope you can join me this summer. Here are a few notes on what to bring, wear, expect, etc…
-The Pacific Pearl is located at the Emeryville Marina Sport Fishing Dock, just a tiny bit south of the Fish Emeryville office at 3310 Powell St, Emeryville, CA 94608. Free public parking is available in the parking lot next to the dock and also on the west side of the marina.
-The temperature may be cooler out on the water, so hats and layers are recommended.
-Passengers are allowed to bring their own food and beverages/wine/beer/water/etc.
-If you have binoculars/camera, bring ’em!
-Want a little preview of what to expect? Here’s a lovely article about the tours from Alta Magazine.
-Charter tours are available for private groups. Contact eastbayyesterday [at] gmail to discuss dates and rates.