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Pacific Mail Steamship China

 
 
Pacific Mail Steamship <i>China</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, August 11, 2020
1. Pacific Mail Steamship China Marker
Inscription.  
PACIFIC MAIL STEAMSHIP CHINA
1866 - 1886
Length 360.0'   Breadth 47.4'   Depth 31.5'

William H. Webb designed and built the SS CHINA in New York City for trans-Pacific passenger, cargo and mail service. She came to her San Francisco homeport via the Straits of Magellan in 1867 for the first of thirty round trips to Yokohama and Hong Kong.

In 1879, the SS CHINA, a wooden, sidewheel steamer, also rigged for sail, was laid aside in favor of iron steamers. She was brought to the marine crematory in Tiburon Cove in 1886 to be burned for scrap metal. Too beautiful to burn, the Social Saloon with attached staterooms was removed from the top deck and barged to Belvedere Cove where it was used as a residence for ninety years becoming commonly known as the China Cabin.

The Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society with the cooperation of the City of Belvedere saved the China Cabin from demolition in 1978 and, with the help of donations and grants, restored it to its original grace. When the preservation project was completed in 1986, the Social Saloon was opened to the public as a treasure of the maritime

Pacific Mail Steamship <i>China</i> Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, August 11, 2020
2. Pacific Mail Steamship China Marker - wide view
The marker is one of two mounted to the anchor in front of the China Cabin.
heritage of the Atlantic and Pacific seaboards.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 37° 52.392′ N, 122° 27.734′ W. Marker is in Belvedere, California, in Marin County. Marker is on Beach Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 52 Beach Road, Belvedere Tiburon CA 94920, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William Henry Webb (here, next to this marker); China Cabin (here, next to this marker); Looking Back at Belvedere (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); 1870’s Ranch Shed (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1890’s Drawbridge Gatehouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1906 Arks Victorian Influence (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1890 Folk Victorian Residence (approx. 0.2 miles away); 1920 Folk Victorian Dwelling (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belvedere.
 
Pacific Mail Steamship <i>China</i> Marker - wider view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, August 11, 2020
3. Pacific Mail Steamship China Marker - wider view
The marker is visible here through the railings, to the right of the walkway leading to the China Cabin.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 11, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 53 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 11, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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