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Brigantine Galilee

The Smartest Sailing Vessel out of San Francisco

 
 
Brigantine <i>Galilee</i> Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 7, 2018
1. Brigantine Galilee Marker
Inscription. The brigantine Galilee "...has invariably outsailed and outpointed every vessel with which she has ever been in company, and has the reputation of being the smartest sailing vessel out of San Francisco."
— The Rudder, January 1899

Galilee's stern (on display here) is but one of her parts preserved. Behind you, in Bldg E, the park's collections include Galilee artifacts, photos and historical accounts — a legacy of innovative hull and rigging design, and record breaking speed.

"To see her sweeping through the blue Pacific seas with her pyramid of snowy cotton, round and hard with the blasts of the trade winds, to see her hull shearing through the seas with its sharp stern and gently rolling with a stately, graceful sweep of her spars, is enough to make any sailor or lover of nautical sights long for the days of sailing packets to come again." — The Rudder, 1899

Careers
1891-1905: Island packet ship between Tahiti and San Francisco. Record speed 19 days; average 22.5

1905-1908: Charted the Earth's magnetic fields

1908-1933: Re-rigged as a schooner by the Union Fish Company, fitted with a diesel engine

1934-1962: Houseboat at Galilee Harbor, Sausalito

1975: Vessel parts conserved. Her bow is in Benecia at the

Stern of Brigantine <i>Galilee</i> and Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 7, 2018
2. Stern of Brigantine Galilee and Marker - Wide View
site of Turner's former shipyard

Owner & Designer
Matthew Turner

Dimensions
Length: 132.5'
Beam: 33.5'
Gross Tonnage: 354

Built
1891 at Benecia, California
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 37° 48.438′ N, 122° 25.794′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is on Marina Boulevard east of Laguna Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Francisco CA 94123, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. San Francisco Port of Embarkation (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Mason Historic District (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named San Francisco Port of Embarkation (about 600 feet away); San Francisco Port of Embarkation (1932-1962) (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Mason (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Mason Historic District (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Ship into San Francisco Bay (approx. 0.4 miles away); Andrea's Fountain (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located on the grounds of Fort Mason, at the edge of the parking lot, just to the east of the Festival Pavilion.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Stern of the Brigantine Galilee (Atlas Obscura). "Once the fastest ship from San Francisco to Tahiti, the Galilee now lays in pieces in three different cities....the stern portion of the boat was removed and relocated to Fort Mason, where it sat mysteriously unmarked and mostly exposed to the elements, under a small shelter. Today the midsection of the Galilee is still in Sausalito, sunken into the mud in Galilee harbor and the bow is located in the collection of the Benicia Historical Society." (Submitted on April 24, 2018.) 

2. Galilee (ship) (Wikipedia). "The Galilee was a brigantine, built in 1891, designed by Matthew Turner. She started on the packet line between San Francisco and Tahiti and was reckoned a very fast ship. In 1905 she was chartered by the Carnegie Institution's Department of Terrestrial Magnetism and converted into a magnetic observatory. She was used to make observations of Earth's magnetic field on three cruises over a period of three years from 1905 to 1908 in the Pacific Ocean." (Submitted on April 24, 2018.) 
 
Categories. Science & MedicineWaterways & Vessels

 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 24, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 24, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 65 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 24, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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