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Steamboat Point

 
 
Steamboat Point Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
1. Steamboat Point Marker
Inscription.  It was along this shoreline, named Steamboat Point in 1851, and extending from 500 feet west of Third Street to the Foot of Second at Townsend, that the most able shipbuilders of the times built and repaired every type of vessel, from the largest class of “floating palace” riverboats and ferryboats designed to carry railroad cars, down to brigantines and yachts. Shipbuilders, John North, Henry Owens, Patrick Henry Tieman, and H.B. Tichenor made Steamboat Point famous from 1851 to 1868 as the place to haul out vessels on marine railways for caulking, coppering, and below water repairs. At a time when San Francisco depended totally on sea and river lanes for all the necessities and luxuries of life, as well as her communications with the world, the shipwrights of Steamboat Point built and maintained her watercraft at their boatyards and this narrow beach.
 
Erected by San Francisco Art Commission for the Waterfront Transportation Projects.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1851.
 
Location. 37° 46.687′ 
Steamboat Point Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
2. Steamboat Point Marker
Statue of Willie Mays, Jr. in the background.
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N, 122° 23.486′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is on King Street near 3rd Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 199 King Street, San Francisco CA 94107, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Willie Howard Mays, Jr. (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Willie Howard Mays, Jr. (within shouting distance of this marker); Willie McCovey (within shouting distance of this marker); Southbeach Shoreline – 1852 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ryan Vogelsong (about 400 feet away); Barry Bonds (about 400 feet away); J.T. Snow (about 400 feet away); Brian Wilson (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
More about this marker. This marker is embedded in the sidewalk at AT&T Park's Willie Mays Plaza.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 24, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 438 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 24, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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May. 22, 2022