SS Palo Alto (The Cement Ship)
One of the oddly iconic parts of Aptos is the presence of the old cement ship at the end of the pier at Seacliff State Beach. Formally known as the S.S. Palo Alto, the cement ship was brought to Aptos after it was built for use in World War 1, but never used. After a brief stay in Oakland, the S.S. Palo Alto has called Aptos home since 1929. Initially, the cement ship was used as an entertainment venue, but that was a short-lived endeavor and the deteriorating ship is now owned by the state of California and mainly just a sightseeing destination.