March 26, 2011

lets set sail for China Camp


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photo by Donald Kinney

Well, the venerable Bay Shrimp netter, the Sea Breeze, doesn't look like it's going anywhere soon.



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An exact reproduction of a Chinese junk, the Grace Quan, is usually tied up here but I'm guessing she is over at the Hyde Street Pier in San Francisco for a visit.   That dinghy in the photo has the curious name of Zero Two.



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Now, if anyone still lived here this would be Frank's neighbor.   Frank Quan is in his 80's now and except for a few years in the Navy during WW2 he has lived at China Camp his entire life.



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You had better be willing to forgo the cooked crabs -- they haven't been on the menu for forty or fifty years.   But if you arrive on a Saturday or Sunday, around noon, you just might find the China Camp Cafe open for business.   Keep your fingers crossed for clam chowder -- and try to ignore that it came out of a can.



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Yep, and that's Frank Quan's shrimp boat -- he still goes through the motions of setting the net but the catch of Bay Shrimp these days has diminished to almost nothing.   This is because fresh water from the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers is largely siphoned off for agricultural uses in the Central Valley, which has resulted in rising salinity for San Pablo Bay -- the upper "thumb" of San Francisco Bay.



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4 comments:

photowannabe said...

Its sad that the Bay Shrimp is disappearing but I'm glad you keep capturing photos of Franks place and life. Super.

Leovi said...

Great pictures with the texture of wood as a witness of the time, very poetic.

Scott said...

This is one of my favorite posts of yours lately. Of course I'm inland and so the sea fascinates me.

Tomate Farcie said...

I love the little boat. The colors, the wood, the whole thing is precious and would make a neat framed photo for someone.

 
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