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On Saturday two huge cranes destined for the Port of Oakland were transported beneath the Golden Gate Bridge and the Oakland-Bay Bridge on the way to their final destination. The cranes easily passed under the Golden Gate Bridge, but the passage beneath the Bay Bridge was quite a bit tighter. The time of passage was carefully scheduled so the Bay would be at low tide. It was estimated there would be no more than a five foot clearance beneath the bridge. Transportation officials were enough concerned about the possibility of problems, that they closed the Bay Bridge shortly before the scheduled arrival of the ship transporting the cranes.

I learned about the great event earlier that morning and decided it would be worth checking out. I knew of a pier on the Oakland waterfront that would provide a good vista of the event and departed Marin. Traffic was moving slowly but I was able to arrive at the waterfront with a bit of time to spare. I was surprised when I arrived at the parking lot serving the small waterfront park to find it filled with cars. I wedged my car into an open area and quickly gathered my gear. I noticed many folks with cameras slung over their shoulders and understood immediately that I was not going to be alone on that pier. As I walked along, surrounded by folks with cameras I came upon one man with a fishing pole. I joked, "Five hundred cameramen and one fisherman!" Everyone laughed.

This shot was taken shortly after the ship loaded with cranes passed beneath the bridge. In the foreground you see a barge to which are tied the tugboats that would eventually guide the ship to its berth not too far to the right of where I stood. You will note the helicopter hovering above the ship. News photographers were everywhere. Here is an article on the subject from the San Francisco Chronicle called Huge cranes clear Bay Bridge by 5 feet on trip to Oakland.

For the next couple of days I'll post some photos of the folks who shared the pier with me on Saturday, most focused on the cranes but a few intent on their fishing. All seemed to enjoy the spectacle a great deal. Hope you do as well.

(This is the one photo that I've regretted since it was posted over a year ago. I'm reviewing old files as I clean up my hard drive and came across the images captured on this particular day. I'd like to believe my skills in post processing have improved, so I took another crack at this pathetic original. I'm pleased with the new version and share it with all of you...)

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Additional Photos by Curtis Grindahl (cgrindahl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 963 W: 400 N: 2031] (6113)
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