Treasure Island Exploration

Treasure Island is an artificial island in the middle of the bay between San Francisco and Oakland. Connected to those cities by the Bay Bridge, the island was built by the federal government right off of Yerba Buena Is. in 1939 for an airport but deferred it for the 1940 World's Fair. The advent of WWII changed plans again for the airport and the island became a Navy base. The adjacent Yerba Buena Island contains military housing and facilities of that period. The 535+ acre Treasure Island was decommissioned and sold to the City of San Francisco of which it has plans to redevelop it into housing and mixed uses.

There are many buildings and features that Urb-Ex'ers will find appealing and some juxtapositions that must be photographed. Tentative stops are: Bliss Dance (above photo), how many different compositions can be made of her; several deteriorated buildings, pool, tennis courts, top secret barge, power plant, etc. Then back to the park for 5p sunset panorama of SF and bridge. If no sunset then maybe the Nimitz Mansion and Bay Bridge construction on Yerba Buena Is. This is our typical small nimble group meetup where after the field shoot we relax at the Bar & Grill for a bite/drink and Show & Tell. Bring 1-2 recent photos to show.

The meet-up will consist of 3-4 stops and the ever popular “Show & Tell” part where we eat/drink/relax and show our recent UrbEx images. The schedule is shoot from 2:00-5p, Show & Tell 5-6p. I’d like to limit the group to 8 members, and a majority should be experienced in past Urban Exploration meet-ups though beginners are always welcome.  If you get on a waiting list just be patient because there's always a few RSVP dropouts when nearing the take-off date. However, drop-outs within the last week are frowned upon because those on the waiting lists usually have made other plans by then. Rain reschedules meetup to following Sunday.

The sign-up sequence is: RSVP, and pay $5 meetup fee. About 5 days before meetup I will request confirmation and contact info (full legal name, cell#, emergency contact person and their tel.#) if I don't get it in 3 days you will lose your spot to those waiting. Also, please acknowledge the Release of Liability form in Discussions tab on Home page that you will sign when we meet at the initial gathering point.

 

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  • June M.

    I enjoyed the time we spent on TI. I was excited to photograph the Bilss Dancer and could have stayed all day there. I really like to go out with the urban exploration group.

    November 27, 2012

  • Jutta K.

    great choice of locations

    November 19, 2012

  • Josh C.

    It was great to visit some cool spots that I wouldn't have known about otherwise.

    November 19, 2012

  • Christy

    What a great location. Lots of interesting abandonment. We were lucky to be able to get into the pool area.

    November 19, 2012

  • Digne

    Great group of explorers. Bliss Dance, abandoned rec pool, doggy diner, Nimitz Mansion, Bay Bridge, industrial plant... we shot and in one place squeezed-in to get to.

    November 18, 2012

  • Chaz B.

    An excellent way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

    November 18, 2012

  • Digne

    The forecasters are saying rain Sunday morning and partly cloudy afternoon. Could be interesting clouds and reflecting pools of water to photograph. 1 spot is available.

    November 17, 2012

  • Christy

    Hi Digne, In what form do people usually show their work? Prints or Digital?

    November 14, 2012

    • Digne

      Usually prints, but on a tablet is okay if it's not too small.

      November 14, 2012

  • Digne

    Does anyone have a contact person working for the Bay Ship & Yacht Co. in Alameda? They are the company that bought the Sea Shadow. If you know any of the higher-ups there, it doesn't hurt to ask for special access for our group. We might get lucky.

    November 4, 2012

  • Robert M.

    Unless you like expensive military follies / fantasies, especially from the cold war era

    November 4, 2012

  • Dave the E. W.

    Although you will not be able to tour the Sea Shadow, here is an excellent set of high-resolution near-spherical panoramic shots that will very effectively give you the feeling of being there, and perhaps whet your appetite for seeing what you can in-person.

    http://www.hnsa.org/seashadow/index.php?pano=hd

    November 4, 2012

  • Dave the E. W.

    Arguably, the barge itself is the more interesting item than what is contained within it.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Azorian

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMB-1

    November 4, 2012

  • Digne

    The Greens: The large barge at the southern tip of the island contains the former Navy Stealth Ship: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2185831/Declassified-170million-Cold-War-Stealth-boat-snapped-2-5million-condition-scrap-parts.html. The power plant we can only shoot from the exterior has interesting concrete, steel and container-like structures. It's pretty modern and well-kept - sorry to say.

    November 4, 2012

  • Tom G.

    we have shot there and like it. but we know nothing about the power plant and top secret barge - tell us more.
    thanks, tom and marj.

    November 4, 2012

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