Thursday, September 3, 2015

Hail, Ale

Ale Ekstrom at a recent Galilee Harbor
Maritime Day celebration
Photo by Donna Bragg

Houseboat wars survivor and long term anchor-out Ale Ekstrom died in July at age 78. A well-known and well-liked character on the Sausalito waterfront, Ale lived a quarter-mile offshore in a 63-foot World War II search-and-rescue boat he named “Yesterday,” after the Beatles song.

Ale played the concertina and sang sea shanties, and was also a poet. One of his works, called “Ale’s Ode,” goes
“Every day is God’s day on Richardson Bay, worshipping on the water/Bobbing about with bottles and boats for more than a century’s quarter/Dozens of children in boats have been blessed, embraced by the waters so many love best/ God grant that we never see the day when there’s no free anchorage on Richardson Bay.”