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Petaluma's Sternwheel

Hyde Street Pier

 

—San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park —

 
Petaluma's Sternwheel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 6, 2009
1. Petaluma's Sternwheel Marker
Inscription.
“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.

Basic Facts:
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.
 
Erected by
Petaluma's Sternwheel and Marker image. Click for full size.
February 23, 2013
2. Petaluma's Sternwheel and Marker
National Park Service.
 
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. Schooner C.A. Thayer (a few steps from this marker); Hyde Street Pier Was Part of Highway 101 (a few steps from this marker); The Return of the C.A. Thayer (within shouting distance of this marker); Ferryboat Eureka (within shouting distance of this marker); Paddle Tug Eppleton Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Tug Sea Fox (within shouting distance of this marker); The Tubbs Cordage Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Ship Balclutha (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in San Francisco.
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Petaluma's Sternwheel and Marker image. Click for full size.
February 23, 2013
3. Petaluma's Sternwheel and Marker
Map Inset Displayed on Photo image. Click for full size.
4. Map Inset Displayed on Photo
The San Francisco-to-Petaluma run.
The <i>Petaluma</i> at Her Booth in the 1930s image. Click for full size.
circa 1930s
5. The Petaluma at Her Booth in the 1930s
Petaluma's Sternwheel image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 6, 2009
6. Petaluma's Sternwheel
Entrance to the Hyde Street Pier image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 6, 2009
7. Entrance to the Hyde Street Pier
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 287 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on .   6, 7. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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