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maccabee Shelley
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Alltime Score: 433 points
Last Logged In: January 31st, 2009
BADGE: Journey To The End Of The Night

maccabee Shelley

There have been glimmers immeasurably distant and flickers eternally evanescent, but when first I saw your light and felt pulled as I always have been, I began to understand.


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posted by maccabee Shelley on February 6th, 2007 8:21 PM

no mas

posted by maccabee Shelley on June 29th, 2006 10:29 PM

"peed in a thicket for the first time ever. the end."
i think you've stumbled across the real purpose of sf0

posted by maccabee Shelley on June 27th, 2006 6:41 PM

i wish i had arranged the distribution of please love back stickers at registration

posted by maccabee Shelley on May 29th, 2006 10:11 AM

again...i pass this everyday and will check up on it

6/1/06 - around 11am i left for work with my camera. I saw a guy looking at the box and tried to get a picture but i was too slow and he walked away. but then he came back and put this parrot in there and took a CD. he let me take some pics. after he left i looked in the box. i put some please love back stickers in.

posted by maccabee Shelley on May 29th, 2006 10:07 AM

I googled "why is the Galilee sticking out of fort mason"
i dont know how legit the source is, but it seems to have an answer.


In the August issue Sightings, under the heading Galilee Harbor Celebration, there was a reference to the origin of the name being "lost in the mists of time." I hate to think that describes me, but I can relate at least some of the history.

When the heyday of commercial sailing vessels came to an end sometime in the '20s, many of the old wooden boats were laid up in Bay Area backwaters and left to rot. Some were burned to salvage the metal in them. The Alameda Estuary, Benicia and Richardson Bay were the final resting places of many fine old vessels that had outlived their usefulness. The Galilee was one of those vessels.

She was a freight-carrying sailing ship. My memory tells me that at one time she held a record for making the fastest passage from the West Coast to Tahiti with a cargo of lumber. I believe that record was never beaten by a commercial vessel under sail. When her useful life was over, she was grounded, stern to, opposite the foot of Napa Street in Sausalito. As a young man, I remember that her transom was prominently visible to everyone who drove by on Bridgeway. People lived aboard her, as was evidenced by the flower pots on her stern. As years went by, she gradually became more decrepit.
At some point her history became of interest to, I'm guessing, the San Francisco Maritime Museum, under the direction of Karl Kortum. This was before the museum was turned over to the National Park Service. About 18 feet of her stern was salvaged and removed to Fort Mason, where it can be seen propped up against a retaining wall in the lower area near the piers. From her scantlings, it is obvious that she was a fairly large vessel, possibly on the order of the C.A. Thayer. In fact, she could possibly have been one of the coastal lumber schooners. That could explain the cargo she was carrying to Tahiti.

By the time I first saw her, her rig was already gone. This was many years ago, so indeed, many of the details have probably been lost "in the mists of time."

Remo Patri
The 'Old Sailor From Sonoma'