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Pacific Grove in Monterey County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Glass Bottom Boat
The Swan Boats of Pacific Grove
 
Glass Bottom Boat Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., March 23, 2011
1. Glass Bottom Boat Marker
 
Inscription.
These boats were first introduced here at Lovers Point in the early 1890s. Launched from the narrow cove's wooden pier, the boats offered passengers a canopied window to the underwater flora and fauna around Lovers Point.

Nathaniel Roscoe "Dad" Sprague owned and operated a small fleet of these boats for more than 50 years. His son Russell took over the concession in 1948. Later, the boats operated under a variety of owners until the mid 1970s.

This replica boat was designed by Monterey Bay Boatworks' master boatbuilder Frank Siino and fabricated by welder Gary Goulart to echo Sprague's early boats. The swan heads - salvaged from the last of the original boats and donated by Realtor William Smith - were restored by maritime historian Tom Fordham. Christened the Margruss (after Margaret and Russell Sprague) in 1997, it was placed here in 2008 by the Heritage Society of Pacific Grove to commemorate the strong hold the glass bottom swan boats have on our memory.

[Photo captions]

This c.1907 photo by C.K. Tuttle shows the expanded bathing beach created by Bathhouse Smith. He dynamited the cove and used the rubble for the base of a new concrete pier, shown here still under construction. The three prominent structures along the Point are (from left) Bathhouse Smith's barn house, the Japanese tea
 
Glass Bottom Boat and Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., March 23, 2011
2. Glass Bottom Boat and Marker
Monterey Bay in background
 
house, and the Lookout.

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A postcard from the 1950s boasted of the "most beautiful marine gardens on the Pacific coast. A trip in the Glass Bottom Boat will take you into a Marine Fairyland of fantastic shapes, a wealth of color, and undreamed of strange creatures of the plant and animal world."
 
Erected by City of Pacific Grove.
 
Location. 36° 37.484′ N, 121° 55′ W. Marker is in Pacific Grove, California, in Monterey County. Marker is on Ocean View Boulevard near Forest Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker and boat are on the southern edge of Lovers Point Park, along the Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail. Marker is in this post office area: Pacific Grove CA 93950, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Centrella Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away); Chautauqua Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gosby House Inn (approx. mile away); J. H. King Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Frank L. Buck House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Trimmer Hill (approx. 0.6 miles away); Hopkins Marine Station (approx. 0.9 miles away); Monterey Bay Aquarium / Hovden Cannery (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Pacific Grove.
 
Glass Bottom Boat Replica Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., March 23, 2011
3. Glass Bottom Boat Replica
 
 
Advertisement on Glass Bottom Boat Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Unknown, circa 1950s
4. Advertisement on Glass Bottom Boat Marker
 
 
Lovers Point Park Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., March 23, 2011
5. Lovers Point Park
 
 
Photo on Glass Bottom Boat Marker Photo, Click for full size
By C. K. Tuttle, circa 1907
6. Photo on Glass Bottom Boat Marker
 
 
Glass Bottom Boat Sponsors Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., March 23, 2011
7. Glass Bottom Boat Sponsors Marker
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on April 10, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 773 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on April 10, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.
 
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