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Ferryboat “Berkeley”

 

[Maritime Museum of San Diego]

 
Ferryboat "Berkeley" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 7, 2011
1. Ferryboat "Berkeley" Marker
Inscription.
The steam ferryboat "Berkeley" was the first successful west coast-built and operated ferry to be driven by a screw propeller as opposed to side-wheels. Built by the famous Union Iron Works of San Francisco in 1898, the ferry operated until 1958 as part of the San Francisco Bay ferry system. The "Berkeley" is the oldest steel-hulled ferry on the west coast and the earliest double-ended ferryboat to survive with her original historic fabric intact. After the 1906 San Francisco earthquake the "Berkeley" assisted in evacuating refugees to Oakland.
 
Erected 2000 by California Department of Parks and Recreation, Maritime Assoc. of San Diego and E Clampus Vitus, Squibob Chapter. (Marker Number 1031.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus, and the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 32° 43.258′ N, 117° 10.407′ W. Marker is in San Diego, California, in San Diego County. Marker is at the intersection of North Harbor Drive and West Ash Street on North Harbor Drive. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1492 North Harbor Drive, San Diego CA 92101, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. “Star of India” (within shouting distance
Ferryboat "Berkeley" Marker on the San Diego waterfront image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 7, 2011
2. Ferryboat "Berkeley" Marker on the San Diego waterfront
at the brow of the permanently moored steam ferry boat, home of the Maritime Museum of San Diego.
of this marker); Lane Field Ballpark Site (approx. 0.3 miles away); Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone (approx. 0.4 miles away); United States Aircraft Carrier Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Clifton A. F. Sprague, Vice Admiral, USN (approx. 0.6 miles away); USS San Diego Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Tuna Fleet Service, World War II (1941-1945) (approx. 0.6 miles away); San Diego Barracks (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in San Diego.
 
Regarding Ferryboat "Berkeley". National Historic Landmark Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 14, 1990):
Built in 1898, is the oldest essentially unmodified passenger and car ferry in the United States, and is the best example of the 3 surviving propeller-driven ferries of the double-ended type, the best known American ferry type. In her 60-year career, Berkeley survived and worked in a rough service around the nationally significant Port of San Francisco. Berkeley, alone of all American ferries, retains her original,
Vintage vessels at the San Diego Maritime Museum: image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 7, 2011
3. Vintage vessels at the San Diego Maritime Museum:
Ferryboat Berkeley, right rear; Soviet Submarine B39, left rear; HMS Surprise (replica Royal Navy frigate featured in the film "Captain and Commander"), center front.
unmodified 19th century steam plant. Moored on the San Diego waterfront, she serves as a floating repository for the San Diego Maritime Museum's collections.
 
Also see . . .  Maritime Museum of San Diego: Historic Ships Collection. (Submitted on December 24, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Categories. LandmarksWaterways & Vessels
 
Ferryboat "Berkeley" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, April 23, 2009
4. Ferryboat "Berkeley" Marker
Inside the ferryboat, the seating area at top. Beautiful wood benches and stain glass windows.
Ferryboat "Berkeley" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, April 23, 2009
5. Ferryboat "Berkeley" Marker
Beautiful stain glass.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 665 times since then and 6 times this year. Last updated on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   2, 3. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   4, 5. submitted on , by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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