Here are more pictures from the ‘Wayback Machine.’ The Wulzen family sent along some additional photos taken by their grandfather, D. H. Wulzen Jr., in 1898 at Fisherman’s Wharf. They are photos of the local felucca fishing fleet at the time that they were being converted from sail power to motor propulsion. There are some fine square-rigged vessels in the background, plus the somewhat barren hills of San Francisco that look closer to what the hills of Inverness look like today.
We first shared some of the photos from the Wulzens in February, when William Podzun spoke up in our comment section identifying one of the classic boats. “The first photo looks like the sailboat Angelita, winner of a gold medal in the, I’m guessing, 1920 [ed —1932] or so Olympics in Los Angeles. Angelita’s winning skipper then went on to invent the swim flipper after a trip to the South Pacific, where he saw natives attach leaves to their feet. Angelita is now in Newport, RI.”
We did look up Angelita online to learn she is an 8-Metre sloop designed by Nicholas Potter and built by the Wilmington Boat Works in California in 1930. She became the first American boat to win an Olympic medal, with skipper Owen Churchill sailing her to a gold medal in the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles. You can check her out here, where you can see the restored Angelita is still beautiful and sailing today.