Set sail with me as we cruise around the Bay on Blue Angels Day aboard the SS Jeremiah O’Brien.
The top picture was a slide that I took of the Jeremiah O’Brien in 1985 when she was still tied up at Fort Mason. The bottom picture was of the visitors logging in for yesterday’s cruise. They served free beer all day long on the ship so we got pretty well logged when we got aboard too!
Self appointed Quartermaster, Brother Kevin, near the forward gun, attempts to take charge.
“Clap him in irons!” he kept yelling.
I don’t think they do that anymore.
“Fire at will!”
“Which one is Will?”
That GEICO Insurance commercial cracks me up!
It was so calm that when we went under the Golden Gate Bridge the people on the ship and the people on the bridge were yelling back and forth to each other! I was still at the gun, so I yelled, “Which one of you is Will?”
There was much more of a navy presence when I took the top picture from Fort Point on Fleet Day, 1985. The crew of the ships would stand at attention for San Francisco, and it was really something to see! I’ll have to look the number up and see what carrier that was.
These two pictures I took from Telegraph Hill on Fleet Day in 1986, in the top photo, and 1983 in the lower picture. Remember, this was still during the Cold War and there were a lot more active navy vessels in the fleet back then.
The price of the ticket included a stunning bridge to bridge tour, all of the coffee, donuts, hamburgers, hot dogs, sodas, and beer you can hold for free, and a sunburn on your face if you’re like some dummy whose name we won’t mention who didn’t bring sunscreen! You can see one of the navy ships that came in for Fleet Week docked on the left of the Bay Bridge picture.
The ships begin to gather near “The Rock” for the air show:
We had a fly over from a 747 as part of the show.
The Blue Angels are awesome, but to me, the best part of the show is always San Francisco Bay. The video below is a little bit of both.