Map Shows Ships Buried Below San Francisco, California

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park  has created a map circa 1963 of  buried ships beneath the City of San Francisco.

Tall Sailing Ship Rome

One of the ships was the The Rome, “a three-masted, 344.5 ton ship built in 1829 by Elijah Briggs in the Salem, Massachusetts shipyard of his cousin, Enos Briggs.

The ship measured 116 ft. between perpendiculars, had a 25.7 ft. beam, and a 12.3 ft. depth of hold. She was just one of many sturdy vessels built during the early nineteenth century in the Briggs shipyard for service in the emerging market of the South Pacific and Indian Oceans.”, according to Cal State East Bay.

Whaling Ship Candace

The San Francisco, Gate, identifies another, “The Candace turned up in San Francisco after an ill-fated whaling voyage to the Arctic, where it was damaged in the pack ice. The ship had been at sea on a whaling voyage for two years, and Capt. Norman Starr decided to head home for New England. But the ship even then was old; leaking badly, and with the crew working the pumps as if their lives depended on it, the Candace made the Golden Gate on July 4, 1855.”

University of Rhode Island

According to the The Museum of Underwater Archaeology,  “In 2001, the General Harrison, an 1840 vessel built in Newburyport, Massachusetts, was discovered underground near downtown San Francisco.

Maritime historians studied the ship before it was covered again, this time by an 11-story building.”

SS City of Chester and RMS Oceanic

The SS City of Chester steamship was built in 1875 and sank after a collision with RMS Oceanic at the Golden Gate in San Francisco Bay on August 22, 1888. The wreck is located in 217 feet of water just inside the Golden Gate Bridge. There is an Oil painting by Robert Gilbert of the collision of Oceanic and City of Chester near Fort Point in 1888. Full article

These vessels brought gold prospectors to San Francisco during the California Gold Rush, only to be mostly abandoned and later covered up by landfill.

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