National Geographic : 1969 Jul
Any visitor can enjoy a memorable boat ride in San Diego Bay. For modest cost, you can take either a one-hour or a two-hour cruise on excursion boats operating from the Embarcadero. It's the best way of all to see a big harbor at work and at play. Passengers Share Skipper's Enthusiasm Capt. Don Gwathmey, who takes sightseers out on the Marietta,fits well into the relaxed San Diego pattern. "I like to watch the big ships, and so do the passengers; so sometimes I just pull over for a while and look," he told me. "Maybe a big one is docking, or maybe a drydock is being flooded. Once I stopped to watch the Blue Angels, the Navy's precision flying team. The passengers didn't mind a bit, even though the trip lasted longer than scheduled." Many of these sightseers also clamber aboard that magnificent relic, the iron-hulled, 106-year-old bark Star of India. Now a mari time museum, she floats at a dock alongside the Embarcadero but still looks capable of making another circumnavigation of the world-it would be her twenty-second. Sails are now being made for her in the expectation that San Diego sailors will take her briefly (and very cautiously!) to sea this summer as part of the anniversary celebration. Pilotless planes take shape at the Ryan Aeronautical Company. Used as targets, these Firebee drones simulate enemy aircraft in the training of fighter and missile crews. Ryan radar systems have directed five Surveyor landings on the moon, and this summer, if all goes well, Ryan's Lunar 124 Module radar will enable Apollo 11 astronauts to touch down on earth's satellite.