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Buried Ships

 
 
Buried Ships Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, December 16, 2013
1. Buried Ships Marker
Inscription. You are standing near the end of Cowell’s Wharf, dating back to early 1850s. As the map indicates a number of Gold Rush store-ships were moored as floating warehouses as far inland as Battery and Sansome Streets. With buildings in short supply, the ability to store incoming cargo until the price went up made the warehouses immensely profitable. Of the permanently moored vessels shown on the map, research indicates that the Rhone, Philip Hone, William Gary, Palmyra, and LeBaron were left in place and covered by fill. In February of 1980, archaeological excavation revealed a ship to be buried, with her deck lying 18 feet directly beneath the sidewalk along Battery Street, between Filbert and the Italian Swiss Colony Building. This Gold Rush vessel, believed to be the store-ship William Gray, remains buried there and is one of the estimated forty Gold Rush ships still entombed under the city streets of San Francisco.
 
Location. 37° 48.122′ N, 122° 24.025′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is on The Embarcadero near Union Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1098 The Embarcadero, San Francisco CA 94111, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
Detail from the Buried Ships Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, December 16, 2013
2. Detail from the Buried Ships Marker
markers are within walking distance of this marker. Those Who Harvest the Sea (within shouting distance of this marker); White Angel (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gold Mountain (about 600 feet away); Green Street (about 600 feet away); Telegraph Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Italy Harbor (approx. 0.2 miles away); Vallejo Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Farnsworth's Green Street Lab (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in San Francisco.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Other California Gold Rush ships
 
Also see . . .  Buried Ships - SF Geneology. During the Gold Rush of 1849 and 1850s there were no railroads, airplanes, or automobiles. The fastest mode of transportation to the first stop for the gold fields, San Francisco, was aboard a vessel. By the summer of 1850, over 500 vessels were recorded as being anchored in the vicinity of Yerba Buena Cove. After they had arrived, whole crews abandoned their ships, along with the passengers, to make their way up to the gold fields. (Submitted on December 20, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Additional keywords. California Gold Rush, archaeology
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Buried Ships Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, December 16, 2013
3. Buried Ships Marker
Abandoned Gold Rush Ships in San Francisco Bay image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, circa circa 1850
4. Abandoned Gold Rush Ships in San Francisco Bay
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 378 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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