The Jeremiah O’Brien Liberty Ship moves to Pier 35

The Jeremiah O’Brien Liberty Ship moves to Pier 35:
To celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day, I took a visit to the new home at Pier 35 of this famous ship named after an Irish-American Navy Captain from the Revolutionary War. I’ve been visiting this historic World War II ship since she was docked at Fort Mason in the 1980s. Anything they can do to keep this ship museum in operation is okay with me, but gone forever are some of the spectacular views of Fisherman’s Wharf, the Bay, and the San Francisco skyline that could be seen from when the ship was berthed at Pier 45. (Thumbnail images)

The Jeremiah O’Brien in a slide shot I took when she was docked at Fort Mason:


The ship in lock-up in March of 2020, shortly after the shelter in place due to the Pandemic was ordered.


The Jeremiah O’Brien at her new home alongside Pier 35: She faces the Bay in the opposite direction than when the ship was at Pier 45. Ships are gender-neutral, so referring to them as ‘her’ and ‘she’ may become politically incorrect someday, but I hope not. With an F Line Streetcar stop right out front, the ship will be easier to reach now.


Looking across the ship toward Telegraph Hill in 2019 and yesterday:

The view from the ship toward the Golden Gate Bridge, looking over Pier 45 in 2019 and looking over Pier 39 yesterday: Fort Mason is in the background of the top photo.


Looking west toward Ghirardelli Square in 2019, and a slightly blurry view toward Ghirardelli Square yesterday; must have been too much green beer.

The view from the starboard side of the ship in 2019, and the view from the starboard side now: Shed C of Pier 45, in the foreground of the older picture, burned down in May of 2020 in a fire that almost destroyed the Jeremiah O’Brien.


The unobstructed view of San Francisco from the bow of the ship at twilight in 2018, and the unobstructed view of San Francisco from the stern of the Jeremiah O’Brien now:

The silhouette of the Jeremiah O’Brien at Pier 45, taken from Pier 39 at sunset in October of 2019:

The Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

The San Francisco Saint Patrick’s Day Parade will be happening this Saturday, March  11th.  With the extended tax season, I may be able to catch some of it this year, but it looks like rain. These are past Saint Patrick’s Day Parades in San Francisco. (Thumbnail images)


Civic Center Colleens on Larkin Street near McAllister in 1974. The State Building is in the background. (Vintage photo SF Chronicle / SF Gate)

Market Street at Grant Avenue in 1951: The Korean War was being fought during this time. (SF Chronicle / SF Gate)

Maiden Lane in 1948, my favorite San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade picture:

Saint Patrick driving the snakes away from Market Street at Powell in 1954: (SF Chronicle / SF Gate)


“Oh, Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling!” McAllister Street, looking back toward Larkin in the 1950s: The Asian Art Museum Building, the San Francisco Main Library Building then, is in the background. (San Francisco Public Library Archives)