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Shaping San Francisco’s Twilight “City Front” Bay Cruises

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Leaving from Pier 52, north to Telegraph Hill, south to Candlestick Point, visit the forgotten shoreline of San Francisco’s gritty past — from the unique vantage of the water!

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Each tour, hosted by Shaping San Francisco’s Chris Carlsson, will leave from Pier 52 in San Francisco at the time below (check the website at Book Now! for earlier pickups and departure from Emeryville). The itinerary takes us north under the Bay Bridge as far as Telegraph Hill before we cruise south to below Candlestick Point and then make our way back along the shoreline, with close looks at Candlestick Point State Recreation Area, Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, India Basin and Heron’s Head Park, Islais Creek and Pier 80, Pier 70, and Mission Bay.

Friday, August 28 – 5:00 pm departure

Friday September 18 – 5:00 pm departure

Sunday October 25 – 12 noon departure

There is easy parking ($1/hour) in the Pier 52 parking lot just south of the Bayview Boat Club, with a short walk to our departure point.

“No one knows San Francisco better than Chris Carlsson, who unearths stories across the city to use as stepping stones to the past. He, too, is one of the city’s best kept secrets, in the trenches for decades — along with LisaRuth Elliott — digging up and archiving the city’s history. And he’s done it all on a shoestring — just a bike, laptop and insatiable curiosity. Best of all, he loves to share his wisdom with the people of the city through tours…”

Richard Walker, Prof. Emeritus, UC Berkeley, author of Pictures of a Gone City, Atlas of California, The Country in the City and The Conquest of Bread


“Every city needs and deserves a Chris Carlsson. San Francisco is fortunate to have him, not just because history from below is worth remembering, but more importantly because it is full of possibilities we should never forget for the present and future of The City.”

Jon Christensen, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies, Department of History, Center for Digital Humanities, cityLAB, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Senior Fellow, Journalist-in-Residence