Two of the "few onlookers" at the Kalakala's final voyage (TNT, 1-23) were my daughter and her cousin.
The ferry has special memories to our family; my father-in-law is a 91-year-old retired ferry captain and one-time captain of the ferry. He used to take it out for parties and special events. The boat sat below our home, and we would drive Grandpa down to see it often. We have followed its story for years.
Previous owner Steve Rodrigues called my father-in-law and talked to him about his memories on the boat. My daughter took photos Thursday morning from the 11th Street bridge for her grandfather. They followed the boat to its final resting place and mentioned how the boat did not turn over as expected.
It was a special memory my daughter and niece would not have missed. The Kalakala was special to our family.