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Journal of a Seaplane Cruise Around The World
Part Four: North America

Wednesday, January 9, 1935

Vancouver to Eureka The flight from Eureka to Oakland consumed three and a half hours, (only 200 miles) and not all lost to headwinds. The last half lay through a series of heavy rainsqualls with frequent stretches blind, twice forcing a retreat and detour seaward. Static was bad, but Bob kept his contacts up, and R.C.A. helped at the end. Worst of it was the lack of any harbors until near S.F. Bay, -- it's no coast for a seaplane. Thought for a time the Gate would be locked up, but finally passed around the last muck and found it wide open. A huge 700' pier stands on the left (north side), and the bridges to Sausolito, and to Oakland are being constructed rapidly. Great engineering things going on out here! Last trip it was the Boulder dam, this time these extraordinary bridges. The seaplane slip at Oakland Airport is a narrow channel behind the field, cut during an optimistic period when airmail was to be brought from San Francisco by fast motor launch.

The airport authorities accommodatingly laid out a buoy in midstream, secured to a large chunk of concrete, to which we tied. Had just finished buttoning on the motor cover, when we looked up and discovered the plane drifting rapidly into the bank, with the concrete block following like a tame dog. We broke out our old friend the anchor in record time and it soon caught fast and brought the plane to a stop. Be choosy of your anchorage!

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