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Sacramento in Sacramento County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Sacramento’s Maritime Heritage

 
 
Sacramento’s Maritime Heritage Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 24, 2009
1. Sacramento’s Maritime Heritage Marker
Inscription. The second world war found river transportation companies continuing service on the Sacramento River while under the restrictions of wartime conditions. In the 1950’s, river commerce consisted of the transportation of barges of bulk grain, petroleum, and crushed rock between Bay Area points and upriver as far north as Colusa. In 1954, Sacramento River traffic amounted to 2,172,451 tons of cargo, largely rice. River commerce in the 1960’s continued to be primarily tug boats and barges including the shipping of military aircraft from nearby air bases to the Bay Area and the Far East. In 1963, the long-promised deep-water channel and Port of Sacramento opened to ocean-going freighters, thus ending an era of riverfront shipping in downtown Sacramento. Most subsequent river commerce has focused on renewed passenger travel and sight-seeing cruises.
 
Erected 1998 by Members of the Sacramento Valley Chapter American Merchant Marine Veterans (AMMV), their families and friends. This Chapter was founded 2/1/91.
 
Location. 38° 34.805′ N, 121° 30.428′ W. Marker is in Sacramento, California, in Sacramento County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Capital Mall and Front Street. Click for map. Marker is located
American Merchant Marine Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 24, 2009
2. American Merchant Marine Monument
Sacramento's Maritime Heritage marker is located in the center.
at the American Merchant Marines Monument, at the entrance to the River Front Promenade. Marker is in this post office area: Sacramento CA 95814, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The United States Merchant Marine (here, next to this marker); U.S.S. Sacramento 1863 – 1867 (here, next to this marker); “Cobblestone” Ballast (here, next to this marker); U.S.S. Sacramento 1914 – 1942 (here, next to this marker); Merchant Marine Monument (here, next to this marker); U.S.S. Sacramento – 1964 (here, next to this marker); USS Sacramento (PG-19) (here, next to this marker); The Interurban Railroad Lines (a few steps from this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Sacramento.
 
Also see . . .  History of the Port of Sacramento. (Submitted on February 25, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
Categories. 20th CenturyIndustry & CommerceNotable PlacesWaterways & Vessels
 
A Second Sacramento’s Maritime Heritage Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 24, 2009
3. A Second Sacramento’s Maritime Heritage Marker
This marker is written in Braille.
Close-Up of Photo on Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 24, 2009
4. Close-Up of Photo on Marker
S.S. Harpoon
The AMMV Plaza Memorial Committee Plaque at the Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 24, 2009
5. The AMMV Plaza Memorial Committee Plaque at the Monument
AMMV Plaza
MEMORIAL COMMITTEE
MAY 1998
Harl Mullins, Chair
Bill Fairfield, CEO
J.O. Nelson, CEO
Marvin Booth, CEO
Joe Callahan
Walter Duering
Bob Koetitz
Bob Nelson
Bob Sharp
The AMMV Plaza Memorial Committee Plaque and Flag Mast Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, February 24, 2009
6. The AMMV Plaza Memorial Committee Plaque and Flag Mast
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,201 times since then and 100 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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