With over 300 years of maritime history in his family, Captain Charles Jennings proudly calls the San Francisco Bay his home and office. Born and raised in the city by the bay, Captain Jennings has served on many vessels in varying capacities from the captain of the crew and ferry boats and as a tugboat engineer with Starlight Marine & Bay Delta Maritime for almost 7 years. The highlight of his career thus far has been his service aboard the WWII Liberty Ship SS Jeremiah O’Brien during the vessel’s 50th-anniversary return to Normandy in 1994. Capt. Jennings father (Capt. Adrian Jennings) was captain of the passenger/Cargo combo ship SS Santa Maria out of San Francisco and also of the last owned, built and operated American Passenger Steam, the SS Monterey. With tales of adventure and intrigue, he is always ready to share local history and share his love of one the world’s most beautiful bays.
Born and raised in Southern California, just a stone throws from the ocean. Capt. Mike spent most of his youth surfing, diving, fishing and racing Hobie Cat sailboats. His summers were spent on his parent’s boat at Catalina Island where he eventually worked as a Harbor Patrolman. Capt. Mike moved to Northern California in 1979 and has been involved in fishing and boating in the local waters off Sonoma County as well as the San Francisco Bay. As a Captain in the Bay Area he has worked for San Francisco water Taxi, Golden Gate burial services, The Emerald Lady, private charter excursions, numerous boat deliveries, is a certified diver, fisherman, and an avid surfer.
Capt. Mike began working for Bay Voyager in October 2015 and on one of his first trips out past the gate saved the life of a surfer that got caught in the current and was being swept out to sea. Now that’s adventure!