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The General Harrison

 
 
The General Harrison Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, December 16, 2013
1. The General Harrison Marker
Inscription. The remains of the gold rush supply ship, the General Harrison, lie beneath this building. The sidewalk treatment reminds us that Clay Street was once a wharf at the edge of San Francisco Bay with tidal mud flats to the north, and in 1850 ships like the General Harrison were moored alongside and used as storehouses. The sculpture on the building was inspired by the waterline shape, frames and planking of the ship.

The Sidewalk was designed by Topher Delany and the ship sculpture by Curtis Hollenback and Topher Delaney. They were contributed by Club Quarter under the City of San Francisco percent for the art program.
 
Erected by Club Quarter.
 
Location. 37° 47.704′ N, 122° 24.034′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Clay Street and Battery Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. The marker is embedded in the sidewalk. Marker is at or near this postal address: 424 Clay Street, San Francisco CA 94111, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Ship Niantic (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
The General Harrison Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, December 16, 2013
2. The General Harrison Marker
Note the outline of the hull in the sidewalk.
(about 500 feet away); Bummer and Lazarus (about 500 feet away); William Alexander Leidesdorff (about 600 feet away); Union Bank Building (about 600 feet away); Site of What Cheer House (about 700 feet away); Fort Gunnybags (about 700 feet away); Commander John B. Montgomery's Landing Site (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
Also see . . .  A Long Forgotten Buried Ship - Museum of Underwater Archaeology. One block west, along the Clay Street wharf, the ship Niantic began to smolder. Suddenly, explosively, the ship burst into flame. Embers thrown by the wind swept across the wharf and landed at Mickle’s feet. “Get out the pump!” he shouted up to the crowd on the deck of the ship General Harrison. Mickle’s fortune was invested in the ship now ringed by fire. (Submitted on December 19, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
The General Harrison's Outline image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, December 16, 2013
3. The General Harrison's Outline
The General Harrison's Outline image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, December 16, 2013
4. The General Harrison's Outline
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 19, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 278 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 19, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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