Berkeley / Conover
Luther Conover with the Berkeley in the background.
Conover operated his Trade Fair gift shop aboard the Berkeley from 1960-1973.
Yes, that Luther Conover
The Berkeley was built in 1898 and operated as a San Francisco ferry until it was retired in 1958.
Conover was a boat enthusiast. He purchased the Berkeley in 1959 and according to historic preservation documentation
he saved the vessel from being converted into a marine animal processing plant . It's noted in that he took very good care
of it during the time he owned it. The ship-shop was located at the Northwest Pacific Railroad ferry slip in Sausalito.
More than you ever wanted to know about the Berkeley can be found here.
Trade Fair Catalog
In 1973 Conover sold the Berkeley to the San Diego Maritime Museum for $100,000. It was towed 455 miles to San Diego
where it was restored. The Berkeley is still in San Diego and is now a "museumvessel" owned by the San Diego Maritime Museum.
Conover's Trade Fair gift shop
The Berkeley today
Conover making sales
The Berkeley still has a shop, though no cool Trade Fair gear. There wasn't even a Berkeley t-shirt,
you know to impress my Pacifica aficionado friends.
I was hoping to find some remnants of Conover onboard but this expanded metal was the closest thing I could find.
Maybe Muriel? Yeah, I doubt it.
I'm pretty sure that Hallicrafters radio on top was designed by Raymond Loewy