San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Hyde Street Pier
— San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park —
“After 35 years, 8 months and 10 days we tie up for good. This ends 103 years of stern wheel navigation of S.F. Bay and tributaries. John H. Urton, Master”
Final Log Entry, dated August 24, 1950.
The Petaluma was the last of the San Francisco riverboats. During the nineteenth century, these passenger and cargo boats, operating on the inland river systems, were the primary link between San Francisco and the towns and farming communities of the California interior.
Running between San Francisco and Petaluma, the sternwheeler Petaluma made more than 10,000 trips over the 36-mile route. She carried passengers and served the chicken ranches for which Petaluma was famous.
Petaluma’s shallow hull and sternwheel remained useful on the Petaluma River long after her sisters had quit the major rivers. Finally retired in 1950, she was exhibited in Oakland until she burned and sank in 1956. (Inscription next to the map) The San Francisco-to-Petaluma run.
Built: 1914, Benicia, California
Builder: James Robertson
Beam — 32 feet, 4 inches
Draft — 7 feet, 6 inches
Engine Type — Horizontal compound
Sternwheel Dia. — 18 feet.
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1950.
Location. 37° 48.558′ N, 122° 25.284′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker can be reached from Hyde Street north of Jefferson Street. The marker is located on the Hyde Street Pier. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Francisco CA 94109, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Schooner C.A. Thayer (a few steps from this marker); Hyde Street Pier Was Part of Highway 101 (a few steps from this marker); The Return of the C.A. Thayer (within shouting distance of this marker); Ferryboat Eureka (within shouting distance of this marker); Paddle Tug Eppleton Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Tug Sea Fox (within shouting distance of this marker); The Tubbs Cordage Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Ship Balclutha (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
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