San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Hyde Street Pier
—San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park —
“After 35 years, 8 months and 10 days we tie up for good. This ends 103 years of stern wheel navigation of S.F. Bay and tributaries. John H. Urton, Master”
Final Log Entry, dated August 24, 1950.
The Petaluma was the last of the San Francisco riverboats. During the nineteenth century, these passenger and cargo boats, operating on the inland river systems, were the primary link between San Francisco and the towns and farming communities of the California interior.
Running between San Francisco and Petaluma, the sternwheeler Petaluma made more than 10,000 trips over the 36-mile route. She carried passengers and served the chicken ranches for which Petaluma was famous.
Petaluma’s shallow hull and sternwheel remained useful on the Petaluma River long after her sisters had quit the major rivers. Finally retired in 1950, she was exhibited in Oakland until she burned and sank in 1956. (Inscription next to the map) The San Francisco-to-Petaluma run.
Built: 1914, Benicia, California
Builder: James Robertson
Length Overall — 148 feet
Beam — 32 feet, 4 inches
Draft — 7 feet, 6 inches
Engine Type — Horizontal compound
Sternwheel Dia. — 18 feet.
Location. 37° 48.558′ N, 122° 25.284′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker can be reached from Hyde Street north of Jefferson Street. Click for map. The marker is located on the Hyde Street Pier. Marker is in this post office area: San Francisco CA 94109, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hyde Street Pier (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Dolphin Swimming and Boating Club (about 600 feet away); The South End Rowing Club (about 600 feet away); First Ship into San Francisco Bay (approx. 0.2 miles away); Andrea's Fountain (approx. ¼ mile away); Liberty Ships – Born in World War II (approx. ¼ mile away); The Clock Tower (approx. ¼ mile away); USS Pampanito (SS-383) (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in San Francisco.
Categories. • Waterways & Vessels •
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