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Near Jenner in Sonoma County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Sandy Beach Cove

 
 
Sandy Beach Cove Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Karen Key, February 8, 2009
1. Sandy Beach Cove Marker
Inscription. Sandy Beach Cover lies below the fort. The principal port of the settlement was 19 miles to the south at Port Rumiantsev (Bodega Bay), where there was a deep-water anchorage and a warehouse. Russian Navy and Russian-American Company ships frequently visited California ports, trading and conducting scientific studies. They stopped at Rumiantsev to load and offload goods and to get fresh water. Vessels from many other countries stopped there to trade as well. There was frequent travel and transport of goods between Sandy Beach and Port Rumiantsev in Russian launches, Native Alaskan "baldarkas" (kayaks), and "baidaras" (large, open skin boats used to carry cargo and up to 15 passengers).

In the cove area there were a number of buildings including sheds for boats, a forge and blacksmith shop, tannery, cooperage, a public bath, boat shop and shipways for building ships. Farm implements and launches were sold and traded to the Spanish and four Russian-American Company Ships--three brigs and a schooner--were the first built on the California coast. The shipyard was abandoned by 1825, but the Company continued to build smaller boats.
 
Location. 38° 30.817′ N, 123° 14.667′ W. Marker is near Jenner, California, in Sonoma County. Marker can be reached
Sandy Beach Cove Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Karen Key, February 8, 2009
2. Sandy Beach Cove Marker
from Highway 1 near Fort Ross Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jenner CA 95450, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Native Alaskan Village (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Ross Defenses (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Call Family Residence (about 400 feet away); Fort Ross Cove (about 500 feet away); The Russian Cemetery (about 500 feet away); The Russian Village Site - Sloboda (about 500 feet away); Fort Ross (about 500 feet away); California's First Windmill (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Jenner.
 
Also see . . .
1. California State Parks - Fort Ross SHP. (Submitted on February 22, 2009, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California.)
2. Fort Ross State Historic Park Russian Colony. (Submitted on February 22, 2009, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California.)
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Karen Key of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 1,028 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Karen Key of Sacramento, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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