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SF’s Newest Rooftop Garden is On a 97-Year Old Ferry Boat

Historic SF ferry boat returns to the Bay as a new HQ for the Bay Area Council
By - posted 10/6/2022 No Comment

Thanks to SFist for sharing the news that a historic 97-year old ferry boat is returning to the Bay Area. The Klamath, built in 1925. has found its way back to the Bay as Bay Area Council’s new floating office.

And best of all, the renovated ferry features a rooftop with stunning 360 degree views of San Francisco, the Bay, the Bay Bridge that’s free and open to the public on the first Saturday of the month and during weekday work hours.

There is some history between a 77-year-old business organization called the Bay Area Council and a 97-year-old ferry boat called the Klamath. When there weren’t many bridges in the Bay Area and cars had to be ferried across the Bay’s waters by ferry, the Bay Area Council virtually put the ship out of business in 1956. The Bay Area Council claims on its website that it “was a leading champion and helped craft the legislation to create and fund the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge.”

The Kamath’s final day in service was on September 21, 1956, the day before the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge opened.

You can find the new floating rooftop with hundreds of native drought-tolerant plants at Pier 9.