The Lone Sailor’s View

The Lone Sailor

"The Lone Sailor Sculpture in San Francisco at Vista Point on the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge""

The Lone Sailor

At the north end of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge is Vista Point, a place with panoramic views of the bridge spanning the strait between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean, the city, the Oakland Bay Bridge, and Alcatraz. There is a statue there called The Lone Sailor, dedicated in 2002 to U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine. It’s a replica of a statue at the United States Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. Its plaque reads, “Here the sailor feels the first long roll of the sea, the beginning of the endless horizon that leads to the far Pacific.”

I think about those sailors who have left the port of San Francisco and passed under the bridge, many of them headed to war.

Golden Gate Bridge from Vista Point

I also like to think of those sailors taking in this view of the city of San Francisco as they returned after long durations at sea.

San Francisco from Vista Point

This is my submission to this week’s Budget Travelers Sandbox Travel Photo Thursday series. Be sure to check out other photo and story entries on their website.


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32 thoughts on “The Lone Sailor’s View

  1. Sabrina

    Great pics! And I really enjoyed the thoughtful write-up as well. I’m glad you also showed the pics from the sailor’s point of view, so to speak. After reading the first paragraph I was really curious as to what exactly he was seeing 🙂

  2. Nancie

    Nice shots, Cathy. Having grown up in Halifax, the seat for the Canadian Navy on the Canadian East Coast, we have many memorials to our sailors. A future post for me, perhaps. 🙂

  3. Andrew Graeme Gould

    San Francisco is a wonderful place to visit. I know the bridge and surrounding areas quite well, but did not come across this statue. Nice post!

  4. my.

    Bummer! I wish I would have known about this earlier. I was just in San Francisco a few weeks ago and visited the Golden Gate Bridge a handful of times. I’ll put it on the list for my next visit. Thanks for the tip, Cathy! — Michelle

  5. suki

    Great story behind such lovely photos. I don’t remember seeing this statue. Perhaps I need to take some time out over the weekend to revisit. 😉 Tour of my own city?

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