The Dixie

The Dixie Boat

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4498 E. Highway 140 Merced, California 95340

A few weeks ago my wife and I took our youngest grandson to San Francisco for the day. We had taken the Bart into the heart of downtown and then hopped onto a cable car that took us to the wharf. After a great lunch we were just walking along and enjoying all the sights and watching the street entertainers. (My grandson said, 'Papa, these people will do anything for money in this town.')

Anyway, as we were walking along, I heard an old familiar sound of a thump, thump, thump. It was music to my ears and I began to track down the sound. Sure enough a boat pulled into the dock and it was powered by a single cylinder engine. The boat is a 1924 Monterey Clipper named Dixie. It was built at Fisherman's Wharf for Joseph DiMaggio, Sr., fisherman and father of the great 'Yankee Clipper,' baseball fame. engine that powers Dixie along is a 6 HP Hicks.

Captain of the old boat is Maury Poise who is a Bay native. The Dixie was sunken when he bought it. He resurrected it and put it back into action. Maury gives narrated cruises and takes people out into the Bay for a look at Alcatraz and down to Pier 39 for a close-up look at all the sea lions. For me, and my wife and grandson, this was the highlight of our trip and I recommend that if you are an engine enthusiast, check it out the next time you are in San Francisco!

The Dixie sails from C Dock down at Fisherman's Wharf. The price is $10.00 for adults and the cruise is 40 minutes long.