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Birds on Deck

at Seacliff State Beach, these birds has made the "Cement Ship" their home. hundreds of these different kinds of birds congregate here late in the afternoon as well as the human spectators.


"Cement Ship"

The beach’s most notable feature is the concrete ship SS Palo Alto lying at the end of a pier. The ship was hauled to Seacliff Beach in 1929 and sank and turned into an amusement center complete with a dance floor, cafe, pool, and carnival booths. The Cal-Nevada Company constructed a dance floor on the main deck, a cafe in the superstructure of the ship, a 4-foot heated swimming pool and a series of carnival type concessions on the aft-deck. The Cal-Nevada Company went bankrupt after only two seasons and the ship was stripped. This left the pier and the ship used only for fishing. It is now permanently closed to the public.

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Taken on July 23, 2009