Historic Residence on San Francisco Bay
By the early 20s the "Old" Ferry, City of Seattle was 40 years old and ready to be retired. But the automobile has just been invented and instead she was purchased by the City of Benicia and brought down to the Bay Area to be the first auto link between Northern and Southern California. The "Seattle" operated between Martinez and Benicia on the Carquinez Straits until 1940 and WWII, when she passed into service on the six minute run carrying 900 shipyard workers to Mare Island. She finally retired from commercial service in 1946.
In 1956, the Tellis family found her rotting away in the Vallejo estuary. And brought her down to Sausalito to begin a new life as a private residence.
The SS City of Seattle was launched