We Built This City on Sunken Ships
May 18, 2009 10:25 AM Subscribe
Ship to Shore.
posted by kirkaracha (26 comments total)
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Much of downtown San Francisco, including everything in this photo
, is built on landfill based on sunken ships
that were abandoned during the Gold Rush (see the map linked at the bottom of the page).
Notes on ships
. 1852 map
of downtown. There are markers
along the original shoreline. Flickr pool.
The ships weren't only used as landfill. The hull of the Arkansas
was turned into the Old Ship Ale House
. The hull of the Niantic
was converted into a hotel
. When the Niantic
was dug up
in 1978, excavators found bottles packed in straw that still contained champagne. The sunken ships occasionally turn up
during construction projects.
The downtown area is a seismic hazard zone that could liquify during an earthquake. (Much of the Marina is built on landfill based on rubble from the 1906 earthquake.)