CORONADO
Diesel-electric powered, propeller drives, steel hull. Built in 1929 by Moore Drydock Co. At Oakland, CA Length:178 ft. Width: 43.6 Draft: 14.9 Gross Tons-502
2 eight cylinder engines, 550 Horse Power each.
Crossing the water in the 1950's.  Courtesy of Brandon Moser.


What's Up, Doc?


The first car hits the water in a still from the film What's Up
Doc?
where the Coronado had a breif scene at the end.  For
the film they stuck the nameplate "San Francisco" on her
wheel house.  Author's collection.
The remains of the ferry on the beach at Cosiguina, Nicaragua.

The second Coronado to work for the company, the ferry was built in
1929 by the Moore Dry Dock Company in Oakland, California.  She had
been designed and built specifically for service with the San
Diego-Coronado Ferry Company.

Similar in design to the Steel Electric ferries that worked in San Francisco
and on Puget Sound, the
Coronado and her near sister San Diego would
have one major noticeable difference--large open ports on the car deck
that allowed the warm air to flow freely through the vessel.

Still at work in 1969 when the bridge finally  put her out of work, the
Coronado was sold in 1973 to a ferry company in  Nicaragua.  At some
point the
Coronado became wrecked on the beach and was abandoned.  
Her sad remains can still be seen on the beach at Cosiguina.