Greenpeace Ship "Rainbow Warrior" Docks in San Francisco

Crew of scientists and activists visit for protests, education

By Chris Roberts
|  Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013  |  Updated 8:34 PM PDT
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Greenpeace "Rainbow Warrior" Docks in San Francisco

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The Greenpeace vessel Rainbow Warrior berths in Auckland, New Zealand, in this Getty file photo.

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The green team has arrived in port.

Environmental activists' ship has arrived in San Francisco, with the docking of Greenpeace's Rainbow Warrior, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

What critics lovingly call the "hippie ship" will be docked at Pier 15 along the city's Embarcadero waterfront until Nov. 19, according to the newspaper.

This Rainbow Warrior is the third vessel to bear the name -- the first was sunk by the French military in 1985 -- and literally sails the seven seas: 90 percent of the power it uses to "block... oil tankers" and perform other feats comes from the wind, the newspaper reported.

Right now, however, the most important battle is not for green, but for black-and-white, as in prison uniforms: the crew of the Rainbow Warrior's sister ship, the Arctic Sunrise, faces 15 years in jail in Russia for piracy. They await trial in Murmansk.

While in Northern California, Greenpeace members will pay a visit to a Stockton plant where palm oil is processed for distribution.

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