December 18, 2010

The historic ships of San Francisco

Anyone who would travel to San Francisco as a traveler would realize that Fisherman's Wharf is one of the most popular travel destinations of San Francisco and it represents the culture of the entire city. There are many attractions in Fisherman's Wharf - some of them are important sites and some of them are not so important. The site where the historical ships are found is something unique which you shouldn't miss to visit.

Pier 45 - Main Entrance
The main entrance of Pier 45 at Fisherman's Wharf of San Francisco is a heritage site. Behind the main entrance, you can find two historic ships of the US - USS Pampanito, the submarine, and SS Jeremiah, a World War II ship. You can go aboard both the submarine and ship by paying a nominal fee at the ticket counter located at the entrance.

USS Pampanito is a submarine. It served as a United States Navy ship and completed six war patrols from 1944 to 1945. Then, it served as a Naval Reserve Training ship from 1960 to 1971. Now, the submarine is preserved as a memorial in this site. It's really fun and unique experience to board the submarine and visit various sections inside the submarine. Some sections would give a feel of getting inside a war ship whereas some sections such as the staff room and officers room would give a feel of a big train.
USS Pampanito
SS Jeremiah O'Brien is a Liberty ship built during the World War II. You can find this historic ship next to USS Pampanito. This ship is a rare survivor that stormed Normandy on D-Day in 1944. This ship is one of only two currently operational WWII Liberty ships out of 2711 ships built during the war. Getting aboard on this gigantic ship is also a unique experience.

You will also get a good sight of Alcatraz island and Golden Gate Bridge.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:
Site Name: USS Pampanito and SS Jeremiah 
Site Type: Heritage, Ship, Submarine, Historical
Location: Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, California State, USA 
Highlights: The historical vessels that served during WW II
Nearest Train Station: Embarcadero station in San Francisco BART
Nearest Airport: San Francisco
How to reach: Easily reachable by road, train, and flight; You can find taxis and cable cars from BART station to Fisherman's Wharf
Hotel: A lot of budget and luxury hotels are available within San Francisco; as the local transportation especially BART train system is good, one can even stay in the nearby places too for cheaper options.
Restaurants: Fisherman's Wharf has a lot of options for wine and dine be it sea food, roadside shops, or costlier restaurants

USS Pampanito
Inside USS Pampanito
SS Jeremiah

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