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The SS Palo Alto, Seacliff State Beach, California

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The Palo Alto was a concrete ship built as a tanker at the end of World War I. The ship was launched on May 29, 1919, too late to see service in the war. She was mothballed in Oakland until 1929, when she was bought by the Seacliff Amusement Corporation and towed to Seacliff State Beach in Aptos, California. A pier was built leading to the ship, and she was sunk a few feet in the water so her keel rested on the bottom. There she was refitted as an amusement ship, with amenities including a dance floor, swimming pool and a café. The company went bankrupt two years later and the ship cracked at the mid section. She was stripped of her fittings and left as a fishing pier. Eventually she deteriorated to the point were she was unsafe for even this use and was closed to the public. Today she remains at Seacliff Beach and serves as an artificial reef for marine life.

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Comments (13)

Adriana Bruno on September 27, 2011

LIKE, bella ripresa! Un saluto, Adriana

LutzP on September 27, 2011

...busy place ;-)

C haydeé on September 28, 2011

¡Muy interesante foto! .LIKE

Saludos desde Argentina, Chaydeé.

davidcmc58 on October 3, 2011

Adriana, LutzP & Chaydeé, thanks and best regards, David.

clisha00 on October 4, 2011

very interesting photo... best wishes from Poland... LIKE 3

Nawitka on October 5, 2011

Very popular with the locals, I see! Good luck in the contest. :D And Like too.

Manol Manoman on October 7, 2011

Beautiful view! Fantastic shot!! Like + fav Best wishes from Russe, Bulgaria Manol

Excellent photo! Like!

davidcmc58 on October 16, 2011

clisha00, Nawitka, Manol & warkos, thank you all so very much for your kind words and Like. Best regards, David.

Jan Pinkas on October 19, 2011

interesting shot...

Jean Gregory Evans on October 21, 2011

Great image, I really like this!

Radu B_KeepPanoramio on October 27, 2011

Interesting shot ! How is it still resisting ?

Like and the V !

Regards , Radu .

davidcmc58 on November 1, 2011

Hanz, Jean & Radu, much thanks to all of you. Best regards, David.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on September 27, 2011
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by davidcmc58
    • Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T1i
    • Taken on 2011/09/24 15:02:25
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/400)
    • Focal Length: 18.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/14.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: -0.33 EV
    • No flash