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Pictures of San Francisco, part 2

2012-11-08T07:01:12+00:00

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  • Crazy people swim in the bay. It’s very cold.
  • San Francisco has lots of antique trolley cars. These are powered by the electric cables that run over many of the streets.
  • The USS Pampanito is a World War 2 Balao-class submarine. It was used in the Kelsey Grammer comedy movie, “Down Periscope,” where it was towed in all of the scenes where you see it “under way.”
  • The three deck guns on the Pampanito are a twin-barreled 20mm Oerlikon (drum magazines), a 40mm Bofors (box magazine), and a 4.5-inch cannon.
  • The broom lashed to the Pampanito’s periscope mast indicates a “clean sweep,” where the submarine sank every enemy ship it saw on a given patrol. It was an honor to be able to claim a clean sweep, especially because so many of the World War 2 torpedoes used by the United States were duds.
  • The Musee Mecanique is located at Fisherman’s Wharf too. It’s a huge collection of early mechanical games. It has a one-of-a-kind steam-powered motorcycle on display also.
  • Houses in San Francisco are typically old, small, vertical, and crammed onto steep hilly streets.
  • Some big cruise ships come into the port.
  • I didn’t get a picture, but the Galileo Academy of Science and Technology (a high school) is shoehorned into the tiniest northwestern corner of the waterfront area, west of Fisherman’s Wharf. It has a football field, but the fence and the street beyond it is right behind the goalposts. The fence is tall to catch the balls that are kicked through the goalposts. I have never seen a high school football field jammed into such a tiny space. It must be some sort of record.

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