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A stop on the “Cruise San Francisco Bay Weekend”
aboard the “Morning Mist” charter yacht
Angel Island is the largest of the islands in San Francisco Bay, just a short ways
across the water from Tiburon harbor, and is home to the beautiful Angel Island State
Park. On our weekend charter cruise of San Francisco Bay, we stop at Angel Island
so you can enjoy a tram tour around the historic island. There are breathtaking
views of Marin County, the City of San Francisco, Sausalito, Tiburon, the Golden
Gate Bridge, and on some days, all five of the bay’s bridges. Great photo opportunities!
Angel Island has quite a history. Miwok Indians are known to have hunted and fished
there as far back as three thousand years ago.
In 1775, the first ship from Europe entered the San Francisco Bay, a Spanish
naval vessel named the San Carlos, commanded by Juan de Ayala. He anchored off Angel
Island in a little bay now named Ayala Cove, and he gave the island its current name:
Isla de Los Angeles.
Subsequently it was a cattle
ranch, a U.S. Army post, and
an immigration station through
which hundreds of thousands of immigrants, the majority from China, entered the United
States. Almost 20,000 Japanese “picture brides” had come through Angel Island by
the end of the 1920’s.
During World War II, it served as a detention camp for prisoners of war, and
was also a disembarkation point for soldiers coming home from the Pacific.
From 1955 to 1962, during the cold war with Russia, the island was home to a
number of Nike missiles, protecting the United States’ western coast.
Today, it is a stopping-off spot for visitors on a cruise of the San Francisco
Bay. The highest peak on the island is Mount Livermore, at 781 feet, from which
one can see Mt. Tamalpais, the Marin Headlands, the City, and the Bay. It was named
for Caroline Livermore, a conservationist who was a major force in creating the Angel
Island State Park.
There are 13 miles of hiking trails, and 8 trails devoted to bicyclists on Angel
The island encompasses mountains, beaches, woodlands and meadows, is rich in trees
and wildflowers, and provides a home for deer, raccoons, and many types of birds.
One also frequently sees seals and sea lions.