Ferryboat Sausalito History


Arriving at the North West Pacific pier in Sausalito August 1, 1926

In the Oakland Estuary during Alameda Mole Period 1931-1933 
(SP service) San Francisco Ferry Building to Alameda Pier.


Providing Ferry Service for Passengers and Automobiles



Since 1939, she has served as the Clubhouse for Sportsmen Yacht Club
(Check out "Sportsmen Yacht Club History")


Kathie's April 2019 Article

Historian Kathie Hammer

Now part two of the history of Levi’s:

In 1873, Levi’s added one back pocket with stitching and a watch pocket. In 1901, they added a second pocket. In 1937, the back pockets were sewn so the rivets were covered and furniture would not be scratched.  In 1890, the name 501 is first used. Little is known as to why this name was chosen after the factory records were destroyed in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. The company’s patent protection was about to expire and it needed a more marketable name.

In 1922, Levi’s added belt loops to keep up with the times. The cinch on the back was still manufactured but many removed it to use a belt. Levi’s stopped using the cinch during World War II to conserve metal for the war effort.  In 1934, Lady Levi’s were introduced; they were the first blue jeans for women.  In 1937, the suspender buttons were removed but snap on buttons became available for those who opted for suspenders.

Until the 1970s, all denim was made in America. There are several types of denim, but the original blue jeans used a cotton based fabric made from warp yarn and white cotton filling yarn. The yarns were interlaced at a 90 degree angle creating a right hand twill weave.

In the 1980s, the jeans inseam was given two rows of stitches.

Jeans have been made for over 100 years but haven’t been easily accepted to the work place until recently. As more workplaces accept casual attire, fewer workers need separate wardrobes for the office. This has led to a decline in the need for dry cleaning. The dry cleaning business has declined 10 percent since 2010.

Now you know the whole story.


Kathie's March 2019 Article


For the next two months, I would like to give you the history of the Levi Strauss & Company jeans. It seems appropriate since they were invented when our Ferry was bringing people from the gold fields to San Francisco for supplies.

May 20, 1873, was the day Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis received their patent for their riveted pants. In May, it will be 166 years since the San Francisco clothing company first made them.

The inventor of the blue jeans was Jacob Davis. Davis was a tailor living in Reno, Nevada, who began using rivets to make miners clothing more sturdy.

Davis wrote to his supplier, Levi Strauss in San Francisco in 1872, asking him for help to get a patent for his invention. Strauss paid $68 for the patenting fee.

They were awarded the patent in 1873 and blue jeans were born. Originally called “waist overalls,” they sold for $3 a pair in 1873. Sales soared to the miners in California.

The original jeans had buttons for suspenders and a button fly. This was nothing new in the 1870s. The Levi’s button changed over the years, from a silver style in the 1870s to a darker bronze color in the early 1900s and a hallowed out version to save materials during World War II. Also, the pocket rivet and crotch rivet were permanently removed during World War II.

In 1886, the two-horse leather patch was first used on overalls. It wasn’t until the 1950s that the two-horse logo was no longer made of leather, but a less expensive heavy duty card stock. More next month!


Kathie's February 2019 Article

In last month’s Elks Lodge #1474, newsletter they printed a wonderful article that I would like to share with you. It was titled “This Month’s History Tidbit.”

The lyrics to “The Star Spangled Banner” come from the “Defense of Fort McHenry”, a poem written on September 14, 1814, by the then 35 year old lawyer and amateur poet Frances Scott Key.

Key was on a ship just outside the Baltimore Harbor when he witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British ships of the Royal Navy during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812.

Key was inspired by the large U.S. Flag with 15 stars and 15 stripes, known as the Star Spangled Banner, flying triumphantly above the fort during the U.S. victory.

The picture shows the condition of the flag at the end of the battle.

Over 100 years later President Herbert Hoover signed the bill on March 4, 1931, officially adopting “The Star Spangled Banner” as the National Anthem of the United States of America.


Kathie's January 2019 Article


Happy New Year to everyone! It is always exciting to start a new year, especially after the busy month of December. You might have time to do things you enjoy!

For those of you who enjoy history and reading, I have three books I would like to recommend. In these three books, the Golden Gate and Bay bridges come to life.

The first book is titled, “High Steel: Building the Bridges Across the Bay.” This book is about both bridges that were built during the Great Depression.  It is filled with wonderful black and white photos taken in the 1930s. It was put together by Richard Dillon, Thomas Moulin and Don DeNevi. Erected at approximately the same time, the bridges solved a century’s old transportation problem.

The second book is titled, “The Ferry Building: Witness to a Century of Change 1898-1998”.  It is written by Nancy Olmsted. In the book, she interviews many long time residents and also has a collection of wonderful photographs. She documents 100 years of parades and funeral processions in San Francisco. She also talks about 100 years of victory parades, protest marches, earthquakes, fires,  and  celebrations.

The third book is a more contemporary story of Northern California titled, “Bay Area Backroads” (San Francisco Chronicle Books). Like the TV series, it talks about day trips, weekend getaways and other adventures in Northern California that we can all enjoy.

There is a great picture of the original San Francisco Bay Bridge being built in our museum.  Stop by the next time the Museum is open to revisit our Ferry’s history or learn of it for the first time!




If you should happen to have old newspaper articles, photos, other artifacts, or personal knowledge relevant to the history of The Ferryboat Sausalito, please contact Historian Kathie Hammer. Please see "Contact SYC Staff" on Home page.  Thank you.