A passenger liner pulls up to Pier 10 at the Aloha Tower in Honolulu on a long ago day, and the Constitution at Pier 11 at the Aloha Tower in 1982: Army WACs at a camouflaged Aloha Tower during World War Two, and the Aloha Tower in 1996: Waikiki Beach just before the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941, and in 1996 with my two favorite beachcombers: (Bill McWilliams) Honolulu from the Punchbowl in the 1920’s, and in 1982: I look like Pinocchio! (huffingtonpost.com) Battleship Row at Pearl Harbor from a Japanese attack plane on December 7th 1941, and Battleship Row from the USS Arizona in 1982: The white monuments are where the ships were anchored on that day. That’s Ford Island on the right in my picture. This December will be the 75 anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack. (AP Photo/Japanese Navy) The USS Arizona sinking during the Pearl Harbor attack, and approaching the Arizona from the launch that takes you out to her: Most of her crew are still down there, and oil from the ship still leaks into the harbor today.
In January of 1951, a World War Two era submarine slipped into San Francisco Bay underwater, and took these pictures of San Francisco through their periscope. It was some kind of authorized mission to see if they could sneak up on a city without being detected by the citizens. I’m glad they were on our side! On the left, they begin their “secret mission’ by following a ship under the Golden Gate Bridge into the Bay. On the right, is the inevitable greeting by pretty girls when they dock after the mission. I wonder who got the puppy! (Vintages pictures from sfchronicle.com)
There’s the Palace of Fine Arts on the right.
That’s the St Francis Yacht Club Building. There’s the Maritime Museum and Ghirardelli Square.
The Catfish circled around Alcatraz to take some close up photos. There was still some pretty bad boys out there when they took this picture, such as, “Machine Gun” Kelly, who wasn’t sent back to Leavenworth until later on in 1951, Alvin Karpis, who rode with “Ma” Barker’s gang, and served more time on Alcatraz than any other prisoner, (twenty six years) and Robert Stroud, “The Birdman of Alcatraz”. Telegraph Hill and Coit Tower: