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Aptos, California: S.S. Palo Alto Concrete Ship (Gone) Team Field Report

Seacliff State Beach

Exit US Hwy 1 at State Park Dr., turn towards ocean, cross railroad tracks, enter state park. Admission for full beach access.
2023: Removed after storms.
S.S. Palo Alto Concrete Ship

Splotchy structure at end of pier, popular with sea birds, was once a proud nautical vessel made of concrete. Storms resulted in ship's removal in 2023. Report... [08/08/2009]

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S.S. Palo Alto Concrete Ship

The concrete ship was removed due to the storms this year. It is now gone.

[Kristi, 07/14/2023]
S.S. Palo Alto Concrete Ship

Pretty cool, but prepare for it to be stinky from all the bird droppings on the dock!

[Cass, 03/18/2023]

Concrete ship.

S.S. Palo Alto Concrete Ship

In January 2017, the offshore hulk of the concrete ship S.S. Palo Alto was battered by winter storms and "king tides." The ship, an experimental post-World War I oil tanker, had been retired off a pier, and even served as a platform for an amusement park. It had become unsafe, and increasingly less recognizable as a ship. The storms broke it up further, and the adjoining public pier was also damaged. The beach is still accessible, but the pier is currently closed until repairs are made.

[ Team, 02/12/2017]
S.S. Palo Alto Concrete Ship

Noticed reference to S.S. Atlantus in your "Dementia Concretia" section. This concrete ship was moored off of Seacliff Beach in the 1930's after becoming obsolete after WWI. Ship can still be seen in its entirety, although it has deteriorated to a great degree. You could walk out onto the ship from its connecting pier as recently as last year but now it seems to be closed due to the poor condition of the hull.

[Chris Walter, 08/19/2001]

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