Van Damme Achieves Project Milestone

Congratulations are in order. The news is just in that the Charles Van Damme Ferry Project has received approval from the BCDC (San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission) for the project’s addition to the new Waldo Point Harbor (WPH) public pier and park. This is the last in a long chain...

FHA Oral Histories

The Floating Homes Association has begun recording oral histories of long-term residents.  I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Ron Moreland—who first moved onto East Pier in 1975, along with his wife, Cathy. Together, they have been very active members of the community and especially the FHA.  They are planning...

What Lies Beneath

I don’t usually give much thought to what’s buried in the silt and mud beneath our floating home. Then the tide moves out and some oddly shaped, half-decayed piece of wood catches my eye. Or I find myself mourning (still) a particularly beautifully crafted tool we lost in the course...

Van Damme Turns 100 in Style

Over 100 pirates, wharf rats, and nostalgia buffs gathered at the Sausalito Seahorse on November 18 to celebrate the 100th birthday of the ferryboat Charles Van Damme, and to support efforts to restore the old ship’s paddlewheel and smokestack. The colorful crowd danced to live music by Fiver Brown, Jerry...