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The SS Palo Alto Concrete Ship is located at Seacliff State Beach, where the long fishing pier leads to the impressive and historic tanker. After its short career as a naval ship in the 1920s, the SS Palo Alto was docked in Aptos, where it became an amusement ship, complete with a swimming pool, cafe, and a dance floor. But during the Great Depression, it was reduced to a hulking shape in the Aptos waters, and was used as an extension of the fishing pier. Over the decades that have followed, the SS Palo Alto has been deemed unsafe time and again, closing for repairs, then opening for public use, then closing for repairs again. Presently, the SS Palo Alto is closed to the public but serves as an artificial reef, home to animals and a perch for sea birds, and it is a fascinating part of Aptos’ history.
201 State Park Dr, Aptos, CA 95003, Phone: 831-685-6500
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