|Published in October of 2008, Houseboats of Sausalito was Phil’s last historical contribution to the history of Sausalito. The unique and colorful houseboat comunity has long been the centerpiece of life in Sausalito, and while these floating homes are well know, relatively few people know just how far back their history goes. Not a recent phenomenon, as so many assume, the houseboat community has a history stretching back to the 1880’s and earlier.
contribution to The History of Sausalito
While houseboats once exisited in nearly a dozen ports and sround San Frnacisco Bay – and indeed throughout the West Coast – the focus of this buoyant lifestyle is not the waters of Marine County, aslong the shoreline of Richardson’s Bay. Over the years, a variety of forces – including the 1906 earthquake and fire, the building of bridges and the resulting deline of the gerryboat fleet, World War II, and legal pressures on the waterfront property owners – helped to shape life on teh water, Sausalito’s houseboat community, and this fascinating tale.