APTOS (CBS SF) – Like a punch-drunk fighter, the hull of the S.S. Palo Alto continues to take blow after blow delivered by Mom Nature.
Former World Warfare I period tanker, which has spent the final seventy seven years as a portion of a fishing pier at Seacliff State Seashore in Aptos, was battered but once more by Mom Nature’s fury a bit of over every week in the past.
A few of the largest waves in many years ripped via the hull, additional tearing aside the aged wreckage. A flyover by KPIX Sky Drone 5 exhibits the ravaged stays underneath sunny skies on Monday.
The ship’s sluggish-movement dying is a ultimate chapter of a colourful maritime historical past.
The S.S. Palo Alto was constructed within the shipyards of Oakland and launched in 1919 — too late to assist America win the Nice Warfare.
Ten years later, the Navy mothballed the ship and ultimately bought it to the Seacliff Amusement Company.
It was a time earlier than tv when households traveled to amusement websites for leisure. Crowds flocked to Playland on the Seashore in San Francisco and Neptune Seashore in Alameda.
The S.S. Palo Alto was positioned on the finish of a pier in Aptos, the hull sunk into the water and the higher decks became a dance flooring, public swimming pool and a café.
Seacliff Amusement was a casualty of the Nice Melancholy, the Palo Alto was stripped, cement was added to the superstructure and it was transformed right into a fishing pier. The cement coating earned the ship its nickname – the Cement Ship.
Through the years, storms have crushed, battered and damaged the ship. Entry to its decks have been opened and closed to the fishing public many occasions.
However it stays a marine sanctuary – residence to an assortment of coastal marine wildlife. And it’s future, nicely just like the punch drunk fighter it’s standing once more, awaiting yet one more assault from Mom Nature.