2015—Escape From Alcatraz

We were standing on the Marina in San Francisco, looking out at Alcatraz, and suddenly, a wooden rowboat came into view with a single occupant, deftly handling the oars and skimming over the water. In the stern was a length of rope perfectly coiled. I took some photos with Alcatraz in the background and a couple shots with the Golden Gate Bridge. When I downloaded the photos, I noticed some writing on the inside of the boat’s stern near the coiled rope. The carved letters read: KUPUNA and underneath, Peter Butler. Of course I Googled and discovered that the Kupuna, a 14-foot Whitehall Dory, was handbuilt by Peter Butler in the San Francisco Dolphin Club’s boatshop and donated to the club in 2006, the year before he died. The Dolphin Club, a San Francisco athletic club, is located in Aquatic Park just a short distance from where we were standing so I presume the Kupuna and its rower were heading there. I had decided to call this blog post “Escape From Alcatraz” before I read that the Dolphin Club holds an annual “Escape From Alcatraz” triathlon.

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3 thoughts on “2015—Escape From Alcatraz

  1. Good Morning, Carol. This is another great In Focus Daily. The craft (boat) is truly a work of a master however your reference to “rope” is incorrect. Once off the spool the rope comes on it becomes a “line”. So much for the technical stuff you have done another fantastic job with the photos. When in the heck do you stay home? Love, Your Brother.

  2. Leave it to an Agnew to find the incorrect use of a technical term- especially regarding LINE! Interesting story about the boat- and interesting photos as well- oh the photo opportunities in SF!

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