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Italy Harbor

 
 
Italy Harbor Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 8, 2014
1. Italy Harbor Marker
Inscription. This marker is one of a series intended to commemorate the 150 years of the Port of San Francisco. It is composed of a captioned photograph and text entitled Did you know... mounted on a cylindrical metal pylon.

From 1889 to 1900, the bay at the foot of Union and Green Streets became known as Italy Harbor because the fishermen were Italian immigrants from Linguria and Sicily. The fishermen used small sail-powered fishing vessels called feluccas, hanging their nets along side. Each Sunday, the fishermen gathered still in there church clothes to inspect and repair their nets by hand.

Did you know...

In 1900, the Port relocated the fishing fleet from Italy Harbor to make way for new steam powered ships needing its natural deep water. The fishermen settled into an inner lagoon near Hyde and Taylor Streets, now known worldwide as Fishermanís Wharf.

The Port of San Francisco
150 Years
1863 – 2013
“Where the City meets the Bay”

 
Erected 2013 by Port of San Francisco.
 
Location. 37° 48.017′ N, 122° 23.898′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is on
Italy Harbor Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 8, 2014
2. Italy Harbor Marker
The Embarcadero near Vallejo Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 600 The Embarcadero, San Francisco CA 94111, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Telegraph Hill (a few steps from this marker); Vallejo Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Crimps and Dives (within shouting distance of this marker); Business on the Wharf (within shouting distance of this marker); Green Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Russian Navy Heroes (about 500 feet away); Pony Express Wharf (about 600 feet away); World War II (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in San Francisco.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located near Pier 9.
 
Also see . . .  Italian Americans in California - Bancroft Library. While the majority of Italians settled in the urban centers of the east, many, especially northern Italians came out west. As late as 1890, there were more Italian immigrants on the Pacific coast than in New England. Their reasons for leaving and for choosing California varied. (Submitted on April 22, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Italy Harbor Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 8, 2014
3. Italy Harbor Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 234 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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