Posted September 26, 2013

Golden Gate Ferry, M.S. San Francisco, Goes to Marine Group Boat Works in San Diego for Complete Refurbishment

San Francisco, CA In June 2013, the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District Board of Directors authorized a contract with Marine Group Boat Works, LLC, San Diego, CA for $18.4 million to refurbish one of three of Golden Gate Ferry’s original Spaulding vessels—the M.S. San Francisco. The refurbishment is being funded entirely with grant funds received from the Federal Transit Administration.

The three Golden Gate Ferry Spaulding class vessels—M.S. Marin, M.S. San Francisco, M.S. Sonoma—were built by Campbell Industries, San Diego between 1974 and 1977. The M.S. Marin was the first of the Spaulding vessels to be refurbished several years ago. It was returned to service July 28, 2007, where it now operates on the Golden Gate Ferry’s Sausalito route.

The M.S. San Francisco was delivered to Larkspur and entered into service September 12, 1977. After 36 years of plying the San Francisco Bay, on September 13, 2013, (see photo) the vessel departed Larkspur for San Diego.

According to Golden Gate Ferry Division Deputy General Manager Jim Swindler, “With a complete refurbishment, we are essentially getting a new vessel! This is much needed as our ridership continues to grow.”

The complete refurbishment of the M.S. San Francisco will involve all vessel components with the exception of the original hull and two generators replaced as part of an earlier Carl Moyer emissions reduction grant. The work is expected to take approximately 14 months.

The M.S. San Francisco, 1976

The M.S. San Francisco, 2004

The M.S. San Francisco leaving the Larkspur Ferry Terminal, September 2013
The M.S. San Francisco at boat yard, September 2013