July 02, 2010

another visit to China Camp

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photo by Donald Kinney

This is the Sea Breeze, but I'm afraid her hull has seen better days.
She sits, timeless, on the shores of China Camp.

Oh, I've probably told you a million times or more about China Camp, the little historic Chinese shrimping village on San Pablo Bay -- the upper thumb of San Francisco Bay.

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Being so far from the Gulf it may seem like this placid line of Pelicans would be safe, but there are dangers right here in our own San Francisco Bay.

On November 7, 2007 the Cosco Busan grazed pilings that protect the Bay Bridge towers, ripping a gash in her side -- spilling 53,500 gallons of heavy fuel oil into the bay. Thousands of birds that didn't quickly die eventually succumbed to starvation, as their food sources had been killed off by the spill.

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Frank Quan is China Camp's lone remaining resident, and this new but authentically built Chinese Junk is the Grace Quan, named in honor of Frank Quan's salty and cigar smoking mother. I understand she was quite a character.

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Processing of the Bay Shrimp was was done in these artful buildings that are set close to the shoreline. There is a little museum (((China Camp is now a State Park))) and a funky dock to walk out on. A great place to get away from it all.

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Rust, oh rust... What can I say, other than it's such a beautiful thing.
It warms my heart and fills my soul. Good morning, sunshine...

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photowannabe said...

Rust does the same thing for me. Love the panorama of the pelicans.
Oil devestation is such a shame. Good reporting of the past spill.
You could have used the X on the rickety boat for ABC Wednesday. Its perfectly framed.
Have a great weekend Don.

Unknown said...

ah love the first picture, with the boat! Its beautiful!

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