Last night we went on a 90 minute Port of Oakland tour and it was fantastic! At first I was wondering if it was going to happen because it had literally rained all day long; but one hour before our tour, the rain magically stopped and the clouds parted! (Click on the pictures to see high resolution).
The Port of Oakland was the first major port on the Pacific Coast of the United States to build terminals for container ships, and it’s now the fifth busiest container port in the United States.
The tour departed from Jack London Square in Oakland and traveled down the estuary which is between the Cities of Alameda and Oakland toward the Bay Bridge. I was really excited that we got as close as we did to the bridge. You can see San Francisco there just beyond this portion of the bridge which is the western portion.
The cranes that lift the cargo containers from the ships were quite big. I’ve always thought they looked like something out of a sci-fi adventure and half expect them to start wading down the estuary. “Attack of the Cranes” sounds like an upcoming movie doesn’t it?
See the bow of the boat? I was on the right hand side most of the tour. I started off inside but knew I didn’t want to take pictures through a window, so I’m glad I headed out there shortly after the boated departed for the tour because it became completely crowded up there. I took a lot of pictures but thought I’d share these two (besides the boat) for now since they’re the only ones I’ve worked on.
The tour is FREE….yes FREE! Amazing! I’m glad I discovered this because our tour was the second to the last tour of the year. I’m not sure when they start up again but I’m assuming sometime in late spring or early summer. You can check out more about the port and find out about the tour here.
Hope you enjoy!