Sometime inspiration strikes in the strangest places. And this place, the Chowder Barge is in a really strange place. Since the Chowder Barge was built in 1934 (as a support ship for the movie Mutiny On The Bounty) a lot has changed around it. The entire port of Long Beach has been built, so this quaint little fisherman’s bar is now surrounded by the most intense shipping infrastructure in the world. From anywhere you sit in the place you can see giant shipping containers moving on boats, trains and trucks. The Barge itself is festooned with amazing nautical paraphernalia and crusty dockworkers. Its well worth the trip if you can find it.