Crews uncover ship likely from Gold Rush
SAN FRANCISCO -- Construction crews building a high-rise condominium project in downtown San Francisco have uncovered a maritime mystery -- the remains of a large wooden sailing ship that probably dates from the 1849 Gold Rush.
The bones of the old ship were discovered last week 20 feet below the street, the site of a 650-unit building now under construction. Passers-by could see the stern section of a ship, lying on its side.
The ship was about 125 feet long, built of thick wooden timbers, and had a rudder about 6 feet high.
Archaeologists could not say much about this ship, though Richard Everett, a curator at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, said that the site had once been the location of a ship-breaking yard owned by Charles Haer, and the ship was almost surely a relic of the Gold Rush.