The ship in this photo was used in the movie "Mutiny on the Bounty", and is now a tourist attraction. In the background on the right, the island of Alcatraz sits.
The haze on the Bay is thanks to multiple raging forest fires through the Northwest on this very dry year.
Arch on the Golden Gate Bridge
This bridge spans a narrow section of the "Golden Gate", aka San Francisco Bay. It was thus named because of the Gold Rush of 1949, the year San Francisco exploded from a town of 300 to a city of 20,000 because of gold fever. People kept coming in to San Francisco, but no one left--so to get rid of all the ships clogging up the ports, they were sunk and covered in dirt to create the relatively flat area that now exists next to the water.
That is why "Beach Street" is now over a block inland.
There are other, longer bridges crossing the bay, but this is definitely the most famous.
According to one guide, there is enough cable in the Golden Gate Bridge to wrap around the Earth three times!
San Francisco from the water
This photo was taken from the Golden Gate Bridge. The haze is because of forest fire smoke hanging over the bay.
The Golden Gate Bridge
It was still fairly hazy from smoke this day (August 26.) But the bridge and Bay were beautiful.
Ships at port
Talena and Katrin in front of the Golden Gate Bridge