So, are you ready to tour “The Rock”?
Big question: How can I best share my journey without overwhelming (ummm, boring) you? For better or worse, my solution is to break down my posts by location and to keep words to a minimum 🙂
So, in that spirit, my first post is simply an introduction to the island with views taken from the ferry. You’ll get to see it in all its 360-degree glory before setting foot, so to speak, on the dock and following me up the main road to and around the prison. Sound good? Hope so. Here we go!
First ferry of the morning, catching the sunlight over the Oakland-Bay Bridge.
Day ferries take visitors directly from Alcatraz Landing on the Embarcadero to the Alcatraz dock. For those of you with a discerning eye, you’ll notice the wake of the ferry is between me and the isand. So I confess: this is actually a shot leaving Alcatraz, after finishing my day tour and before returning on the night ferry. But it does mimic the wonderful “approach” view of Alcatraz from the day ferry. The southern span of the Golden Gate Bridge is in the distance.
Approaching the dock, Building 64 (military officers’ residence) in the foreground, the lighthouse and burned-out shell of the warden’s home above left.
Guard Tower #6 (at the dock)
Unlike the day tours, the night tour ferries visitors clockwise around the island beginning at the southeastern tip, so you get a 360-degree view of the island from the bay.
Lighthouse with the cellhouse behind it.
To the right of the lighthouse is another view of the warden’s house.
Water tower, New Industries Building (where prisoners worked for money) below the stack of the power plant, Model Industries Building (laundry) far left.
Northwestern tip of the island. Cell block top right. Oakland-Bay Bridge in the distance.
Model Industries Building and San Francisco skyline to the right.
Coming around to the dock. The building sheathed in white is the old storehouse, under refurbishment.
Sunset beginning as we near the dock. The sally port (the original fortified entrance to Alcatraz when it was a military fort) is the white building on the left. The post exchange/officer’s club is the building to the left of the storehouse. The main cell block is through the trees on the left.
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