Browsing through this morning’s headlines, I noticed that the S.S. Palo Alto in Northern California broke up during a storm. She was an oil tanker built just after World War 1 that was docked in San Francisco for 10 years before being purchased by an amusement company and grounded in Aptos, California. The company failed during the Great Depression and the Palo Alto was later used as a fishing pier. My dad’s a history buff, so I’d heard of the 24 concrete ships that were built during World War II due to steel shortages. I hadn’t seen the Palo Alto during any of our vacations up in the Bay area when I was growing up, but it’s a bit late now. More info on this odd little historical side road is at www.concreteships.org.