Two 19th-century ships found buried in San Francisco construction site

Published on February 14th, 2011 | by Admin


Engineers drilling in San Francisco’s Candlestick Park uncovered two 90-foot scow schooners which date back to the 19th century.

Buried under more than 14 feet of sand and fill dirt, the 45-foot-long hull sections came to light at the mouth of an enormous trench that will house a new overflow sewage pipe for the Visitacion Valley neighborhood.

“These were the flatbed trucks of San Francisco Bay from the late 19th and early 20th century,” said Jim Delgado, director of maritime heritage at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Washington, D.C. “They’re largely forgotten now, but these scow schooners moved the goods that built the city and the Bay Area economy.”

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Story: Kelly Zito, San Francisco Chronicle | Photo: Mike Kepka, San Francisco Chronicle

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