Monthly Archives: December 2016

Feluccas

Lateen rigged feluccas formed the Italian-American fishing fleet on San Francisco Bay from the late 1800’s through to the first decade of the 1900’s. At this time, they started to be replaced by larger powered boats using newly available gasoline … Continue reading

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December 8, 1941

  Two shots from a series taken around the wharf the day after Pearl Harbor. The Matsonia is described as an Army Transport. Library of Congress photos by John Collier. The clearer photo (above, click to zoom in) shows another boat … Continue reading

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Monterey Boats in WW2

  I  stumbled across the photo above while, as usual, looking for something else. The caption reads: “A Coast Guard motor lifeboat provides escort to San Francisco’s crab fishermen as a wartime precaution. This naval protection includes taking the fleet to … Continue reading

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RDF on Josie M

Mark M forwarded this image of the family boat, “Josie M”. Mark says: “Mark Meltzer at the helm of the Josie M. Probably shot from the fish dock in Drakes Bay, Pt. Reyes.     Dept. F&G license 1521. “Note … Continue reading

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Modeler’s Note: Cal Fish & Game Tags

Take a look at any clear photo of a Monterey boat, from maybe the 1930’s on, and you’ll find a California Fish and Game tag displayed somewhere on the boat’s cabin. These tags are issued to the vessel (not the fisherman, … Continue reading

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Modeler’s Note: Navigation Lamp Side Boards

Current regulations require the boards (“screens”) behind a vessel’s navigation lamps to be matt black. Why? The screens ensure that light from each lamp is visible in the prescribed sector, but that the light is cut off when viewed from … Continue reading

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Why do they have those? Part III: Brass Handles on Hicks Engines

Why do Hicks engines have all those adjustment handles on top? I wondered the same, and it wasn’t clear until I examined original Hicks manufacturing drawings at the San Francisco Maritime Park earlier this year (2016). In the photo above, … Continue reading

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