A royal vision for the Bay 

What could draw San Franciscans away from Super Bowl festivities and down to the docks — or for that matter, any promontory with a view of the Golden Gate? Indeed, what could make Sunday afternoon traffic come to such a standstill on the bridge?

Of course, it was the arrival of the new Queen Mary II. The British liner, all 151,000 tons and 1,131 feet of it, was the largest vessel ever to enter San Francisco Bay. Thousands cheered and toasted the majestic QM2 as it moved slowly toward Pier 27, nearly brushing the underside of the world’s most famous bridge as it made its way to a night in The City.

And gone so soon. The fortunate passengers put out to sea again, fortheir circumnavigating cruise, on Monday night. But the vision lingers of what could be a more frequent occasion if The City focused on upgrading those deteriorating docks, redoubling efforts to christen a new terminal.

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