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Steffen Rösner of Kemnitz, Germany on the bridge of the Trans Pacific Lines Eagle, while loading up at the Port of San Francisco.

Rösner is Chief Engineer of the Eagle, a modern container ship out of Germany. Just a few hours after this shot was taken he and his ship were on their way to Hong Kong, a 14-day sail away.

The Port of Oakland is the port of choice for most cargo passing through the Bay Area and destined for some other part of the country, usually by train. But the Port of San Francisco still does a brisk business with carriers like Trans Pacific Line bringing products to people and businesses in the immediate Bay Area.

Shipping lines serving South America, the Far East and the Pacific Islands still regularly call at San Francisco’s Pier 80, where the day we took this picture a steady stream of trucks shuttled containers to and fro the Eagle. We wanted to ask what it’s like to be Chief Engineer of the Eagle but Rösner, all German efficiency, was having none of it. All the while we were taking this shot he was telling us, "Gotta go. Gotta go."