San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Working Under Water
Divers worked in water that was dark, murky and cold, and only when the tide changed and the usually strong currents lessened, which occurred four times in a day. Portable air tanks for diving had not yet been invented. A diver’s life depended on the continuous pumping of air through a long hose to the surface.
Captions (left to right):
• Divers in their heavy gear, prior to putting on helmets. San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library
• If a diver surfaced too quickly, air bubbles could be released into the bloodstream, a condition
• Workers load explosive charges into a framework that is then lowered to the seafloor and positioned by divers. San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library
Erected by 2012 by Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & Viaducts • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 37° 48.488′ N, 122° 28.549′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker can be reached from Coastal Trail. Marker is in Battery Lancaster exhibit area of the Golden Gate Bridge Vista Point South overlook. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Francisco CA 94129, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Engineering the Design (here, next to this marker); A Bathtub for the South Tower (here, next to this marker); Making the Impossible, Possible: The Story of the Golden Gate Bridge (here, next to this marker); World's Tallest Bridge Towers (here, next to this marker); Fort Point Arch (here, next to this marker); Bridging the Gate — the Beginning (here, next to this marker); Spinning the Main Cables (here, next to this marker); Hanging the Roadway Deck (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
More about this marker. (Photo credit for image of diver being lowered into the water): San Francisco Historical Society, Huggins Collection, CHS.Huggins.002
Credits. This page was last revised on June 9, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 6, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 126 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 6, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.