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Oakland in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

History of the Transbay Ferry

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, January 9, 2014
1. History of the Transbay Ferry Marker
Inscription.
Ferry service between Oakland and San Francisco has played a vital role over 145 years. The earliest licensed operator was Captain Thomas Gray who started his stern-wheeler river boat, the “General Sutter”, from a landing at the foot of Broadway in the Fall of 1851. As the demand for transportation of mail, horses, wagons, passengers and cargo grew, so did the number of ferry boat services (many of “questionable reliability”). Ferry transit reached its peak in the 1930s and then declined due to bridge construction and the popularity of automobiles. Service between Oakland and San Francisco was discontinued in the 1950s. The present Alameda/Oakland Ferry was launched in October 1989, following the Loma Prieta earthquake. A joint project of the Port of Oakland and the City of Alameda, the service carried its one millionth passenger in June 1994 and now serves 340,000 passengers annually. The ferry began operations from the Clay Street ferry terminal in 1991.

Donated by
Summit Medical Center
 
Erected by Port of Oakland.
 
Location. 37° 47.712′ N, 122° 16.784′ W. Marker is in Oakland, California, in Alameda County. Marker can be reached from Clay Street near Water
History of the Transbay Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 9, 2014
2. History of the Transbay Ferry Marker
Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Oakland CA 94607, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Evolution of a Marine Terminal (a few steps from this marker); USS Potomac (a few steps from this marker); Charles P. Howard Terminal (a few steps from this marker); The Port of Oakland (within shouting distance of this marker); Jack London (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Oakland's First Wharf (about 700 feet away); Estuary Industry (about 700 feet away); Live Oak Lodge U.D (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Oakland.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located at the Oakland Ferry Terminal at the foot of Clay Street in Jack London Square. Jack London Square is closed to vehicular traffic.
 
Also see . . .  A Brief History of Ferries on the Bay. Bay Area ferry services have played a long and historic role in the development of the region, at one time constituting the greatest water transit system in the world. From the Gold Rush until the completion of the Bay and Golden Gate Bridges, ferries provided the only transportation across the Bay. (Submitted on January 12, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Oakland Ferry Terminal image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 9, 2014
3. Oakland Ferry Terminal
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 338 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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