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Near Jenner in Sonoma County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Fort Ross Cove

 
 
Fort Ross Cove Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 19, 2015
1. Fort Ross Cove Marker
Caption: Copper sheathing and iron spikes, remnants of the first ship built on the west coast of the continental United States, were found in an archaeological investigation the cove in 1996-1998.
Inscription.
site of the
Russian Shipways
This map of Fort Ross dated 1817 shows "Little Rumiantsev Cove" as well as the galiot Rumiantsev., the first ship built on the California coast. Also in the cove area were a number of buildings including a forge and blacksmith shop, tannery, cooperage, and public bath. There were sheds for Russian launches and the Native Alaskan "baidarkas" and "baidaras," and a boat shop and shipways for building ships.

The three other Russian-American Company ships built at Fort Ross were brigs, Ruldakov, Volga, and Kiakhta. The shipyard was abandoned by 1825, but the Company continued to build smaller boats. An artists reconstruction shows the cove in 1820 when the Buldakov was launched.
 
Erected by California State Parks.
 
Location. 38° 30.769′ N, 123° 14.593′ W. Marker is near Jenner, California, in Sonoma County. Marker can be reached from Coast Highway (State Highway 1) near Fort Ross Road, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 19005, Jenner CA 95450, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Ross Defenses (about 300 feet away, measured in
Fort Ross Cove Kiosk image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 19, 2015
2. Fort Ross Cove Kiosk
a direct line); The Russian Cemetery (about 400 feet away); Sandy Beach Cove (about 500 feet away); Fort Ross (about 600 feet away); The Native Alaskan Village (about 600 feet away); The Russian Village Site - Sloboda (about 800 feet away); The Call Family Residence (approx. 0.2 miles away); California's First Windmill (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Jenner.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located at Fort Ross State Park.
 
Also see . . .  Historic Pomona Shipwreck: March 17, 1908. California State Parks' page for the Pomona shipwreck, including several photos. (Submitted on July 17, 2015.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
Marine life panel at the Fort Ross Cove kiosk image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 19, 2015
3. Marine life panel at the Fort Ross Cove kiosk

Shipwreck

The SS Pomona sank at Fort Ross. She lies in less than 40 feet of water, 400 yards offshore. A marker buoy identifies the wreck's location from both water and land vantage points. The SS Pomona with her triple expansion steam engine was built in 1888, and traveled regularly between San Francisco and Vancouver. She struck a rock south of Fort Ross and ran aground in Fort Ross Cove where all of the passengers and crew were saved.
Second marker located at Fort Ross Cove image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 19, 2015
4. Second marker located at Fort Ross Cove
Here at Fort Ross Cove, the Russians established the first shipyard in California. Also found here was a bathhouse, a large storehouse, a cooperage, a tanning shop and the Colony's blacksmith shop.
Fort Ross from the Fort Ross Cove beach image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 19, 2015
5. Fort Ross from the Fort Ross Cove beach
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 143 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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