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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 responses

  1. Art

    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.

    November 5, 2015 at 7:13 am

  2. Susan

    Wish I had been with you😔

    November 6, 2015 at 5:23 am

  3. Melinda

    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!

    November 6, 2015 at 6:55 am

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