History of Angel Island

Angel Island from the water

Angel Island has played many roles in the history of San Francisco Bay. The earliest known inhabitants were Coast Miwok Indians; artifacts more than 1,000 years old have been found on the island. Anthropologists speculate that the Indians used the island as a temporary hunting camp. Early History The first European known to have seen … Read more


86-foot Fantail Motoryacht Built in 1924 Originally built for the Alaska Hunting & Fishing Company. Now on her way to the South Pacific after stopping in Sausalito in March 2007. Still powered by her original 1929 Atlas 4-cylinder, 110 hp diesel, she has a 4,000-mile range.

Warden Johnston

65-foot Launch Built in 1944 The Warden Johnston served as Alcatraz's shore boat for staff, families, and prisoners from 1945 to 1961. She was then owned by the Sea Scouts for 35 years, until Richard Sears purchased her and began an extensive renovation.

USS Potomac

165-foot Motoryacht Built in 1934 Based at Jack London Square, Oakland Originally built for the U.S. Coast Guard. She served as Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s presidential yacht and “floating White House” from 1936 until his death in 1945. She has been beautifully restored and now sails San Francisco Bay regularly.

USS Hornet

894-foot Essex-Class Aircraft Carrier Built in 1943 Hornet fought in the Pacific for 16 months during World War II. She later recovered the Apollo 11 and 12 astronauts–the first men to walk on the moon–from their floating capsule in 1969.