Author: Allan G. Smorra

In 2014 I retired after 46 years in the Electrical Trade. I spent my last 15 years working on the Golden Gate Bridge. Join me in this next phase of life as I write about, and photograph, the world around me.

Story Challenge: Letter “M”

This week’s Story Challenge is the letter “M” and it means Make-believe for me today. Last night the Lioness (wife) and I attended the latest We Player’s production of Shakespeare’s 12th Night at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

“It was a typical night out in San Francisco starting with a shipwreck on the beach and ending in a fight down on the docks…”

For 3 hours we entered the World of Make Believe as the Hyde St Pier was transformed into the land of Illyria, this time set in the 1920s. It was impossible not to set flight to fantasy as the wooden-hulled ferry Eureka and the steel-hulled, square-rigged Balclutha transported us to the Barbary Coast atmosphere of this beautiful maritime park.

Update on the 16 Inch Gun Barrel

The gun barrel from the USS Missouri, destined for an exhibit at Battery Townsley in the Marin Headlands, is ready for transport today. Click here for original article.

68 foot long gun barrel from the USS Missouri
Photo courtesy of the National Park Service


The Voyage of the Honda Knot

At 11:37 a.m. on October 10, 1947 the United States Army Transport Honda Knot sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge and into San Francisco Bay under overcast skies completing the final leg of a journey for her military passengers. 3,012 of those aboard were listed as “passengers (deceased)” for these were the remains of fallen servicemen,…

National Voter Registration Day

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoingand rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there…” —Rumi This is not about Party Politics, this is about exercising your right to vote. “In 2008, 6 million Americans did not vote because they did not know how to register or they missed their state’s voter registration deadline, according to the…

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