Once, hundreds of sailing schooners carried lumber to San Francisco from Washington, Oregon, and the California Redwood Coast. Built in 1895, C.A. Thayer was once part of that mighty Pacific Coast fleet. Today, she is a rare survivor from the days when strong canvas sails billowed over tall deck loads of freshly-milled fir and redwood.

The C.A. Thayer, a massive 400-ton ship, was moved Friday from a hangar on Alameda Point to Bay Ship & Yacht Company on Main Street.

A crew of workers surrounded the 112 year old ship as it slowly rolled down Main Street. The ship has just finished a 3 year 9,6 million USD restoration. She will dip into the Bay for the first time since being restored on Saturday during an invite-only ceremony.

CA Thayer's restoration is finished
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The public will be able to view the ship in April when it returns to San Francisco’s maritime museum.

The C.A. Thayer served first as a lumber schooner, making its maiden voyage to Fiji and Australia in 1895. It was made in to a salmon station supply ship in 1912 and later became an Army supply vessel. The C.A. Thayer’s final voyage was in 1950 and in 1984 it was designated a national historic landmark — later, in 1995, it was listed as one of the nation’s top 11 most endangered historic landmarks by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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