San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Ghost Ship - Lydia
On June 16, 1978, San Francisco's sewer construction steam shovel bit into Lydia's remains opposite Pier 42. Built in 1840 in Rochester, Massachusetts, Lydia made twenty-three whaling voyages in fifty-seven years from Nantucket, New Bedford, and San Francisco. At 329.77 tons, she measured one hundred and five feet and six and one-half inches long. Her bow was destroyed in 1907 when the seawall was put in place; a mid-section was removed for research in 1978; her stem lies on an east-west line, encased in mud beneath King Street, approximately eleven feet from the surface and touching a depth of thirty feet.
Erected by Embarcadero Historic and Interpretive Signage Project.
Location. 37° 46.846′ N, 122° 23.302′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is on King Street / The Embarcadero near Townsend Street, on Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1431 King Street, San Francisco CA 94111, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Shipbuilding at Steamboat Point (a few steps from this marker); Whaling Out of San Francisco (within shouting distance of this marker); Java House (within shouting distance of this marker); Townsend Street (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); King Street (about 500 feet away); Remnants of Rincon Hill (about 600 feet away); Building the Seawall (about 800 feet away); The Garcia and Maggini Warehouse (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
More about this marker. This marker is embedded in the sidewalk next to South Beach Park.
Regarding Ghost Ship - Lydia. The Lydia is on the National Register of Historic Places, No. 81000173.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Other buried ships along the old San Francisco waterfront.
Also see . . . Shipwreck of Whaling Bark Lydia. According to a newspaper article, "In the buried hull they found a sense of twenty-four (Submitted on August 12, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
Additional keywords. Whaling, Buried Ships
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 12, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 451 times since then and 2 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week April 8, 2018. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 12, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.