San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Ghost Ship - Lydia
On June 16, 1978, San Francisco's sewer construction steam shovel bit into Lydia's remains opposite Pier 42. Built in 1840 in Rochester, Massachusetts, Lydia made twenty-three whaling voyages in fifty-seven years from Nantucket, New Bedford, and San Francisco. At 329.77 tons, she measured one hundred and five feet and six and one-half inches long. Her bow was destroyed in 1907 when the seawall was put in place; a mid-section was removed for research in 1978; her stem lies on an east-west line, encased in mud beneath King Street, approximately eleven feet from the surface and touching a depth of thirty feet.
Erected by Embarcadero Historic and Interpretive Signage Project.
Location. 37° 46.846′ N, 122° 23.302′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is on King Street / The Embarcadero near Townsend Street, on Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1431 King Street, San Francisco CA 94111, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Shipbuilding at Steamboat Point (a few steps from this marker); Whaling Out of San Francisco (within shouting distance of this marker); Java House (within shouting distance of this marker); Townsend Street (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); King Street (about 500 feet away); Remnants of Rincon Hill (about 600 feet away); Building the Seawall (about 800 feet away); The Garcia and Maggini Warehouse (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in San Francisco.
More about this marker. This marker is embedded in the sidewalk next to South Beach Park.
Regarding Ghost Ship - Lydia. The Lydia is on the National Register of Historic Places, No. 81000173.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Other buried ships along the old San Francisco waterfront.
Also see . . . Shipwreck of Whaling Bark Lydia. According to a newspaper article, "In the buried hull they found a sense of twenty-four bottles (Submitted on August 12, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
Additional keywords. Whaling, Buried Ships
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 137 times since then and 78 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.