Fisherman's Wharf is one of San Francisco's most popular destinations. It is known
for its historic waterfront, delicious seafood, spectacular sights.
~~~Tourists stroll along this city's historic Fisherman's Wharf. Here they
can peer down at the fishing craft gently riding in the calm water, or pause
to watch fishermen mending a net. Most of the boats in view belong to a
"third generation" of fishing craft which have made history at the "Wharf".
~~~In those older days the fishermen got their news about the weather from
Nature instead of a radio report. If the moon was in the east, the tide was
coming in; or if in the west, the tide was flowing out the Golden Gate. A
circle around the moon meant rain. Porpoises playing around the boat
indicated a bad wind was brewing.
~~~Old timers around Fisherman's Wharf have other tales to tell, recalled from
the period of the last sailboats. It was hard work. If the boat was becalmed,
they waited long hours for a breeze, or got out the oars and rowed.
~~~In Thom's creation of "Fisherman's Wharf" you can almost smell a fishy
smell, feel the odor of the sea air, feel the water ripple gently.