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San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Old Ship Saloon

 
 
Old Ship Saloon Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, June 21, 2021
1. Old Ship Saloon Marker
Inscription.  
After a 178 day voyage from New York via Cape Horn in 1849 the sailing ship "Arkansas" arrived in San Francisco Bay. Among her 112 passengers were 76 Methodists, all bound for the gold fields or church propagation. The ship was nearly lost while anchoring off Bird Island, now Alcatraz, then was towed and purposely grounded in Yerba Buena Cove. Here an entrepreneur cut a hole in her bow creating an instant saloon. The ship's colorful past has included a seaman's bar, boarding house, bordello, and a "Shanghai Shop", yet the old ship has never lost its main attraction, that of a first rate saloon.

Dedicated March 23, 6007 (2002)
by Capitulus Redivivus
Yerba Buena Number One
Ancient and Honorable
Order of
E Clampsus Vitus

Credo Quia Absurdum

 
Erected 2002 by Yerba Buena Chapter Number One, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNotable BuildingsWaterways & Vessels
Old Ship Saloon - Est. 1851 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 18, 2010
2. Old Ship Saloon - Est. 1851
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. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical date for this entry is March 23, 1831.
 
Location. 37° 47.863′ N, 122° 24.043′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is at the intersection of Pacific Avenue and Battery Street on Pacific Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 298 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco CA 94111, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ship Brooklyn (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Clark’s Point (about 400 feet away); Graceful Brick Building (about 500 feet away); 56 Gold Street (about 700 feet away); Hotaling Building (about 800 feet away); 901 battery (about 800 feet away); The Banking Firm of Pioche et Bayerque (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of the Bank of Lucas, Turner & Co. (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
Regarding Old Ship Saloon. In 1851, enterprising Englishman Joe Anthony cut a door into the side of the Arkansas' hull and converted it to the Old Ship Ale House. He installed a gangplank to the Pacific Street pier and posted a sign next to the entrance, "Gud, Bad, and Indifferent Spirits Sold Here! At 25 cents each.
 
Also see . . .  The Old Ship Saloon. Atlas
Old Ship Saloon image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 18, 2010
3. Old Ship Saloon
The marker is visible here just to the right of the front entrance.
Obscura entry (Submitted on February 27, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 13, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 19, 2010, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 1,373 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on April 13, 2022, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   2, 3. submitted on July 19, 2010, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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May. 26, 2022