October 5, 2022
First Wednesday: Ghost Ships of the San Francisco Bay with Pat Broderick
Wednesday, October 5, 2022
The first ship to enter the San Francisco Bay was the Spanish packet San Carlos, commanded by Lieutenant Juan Manuel de Ayala, on August 5, 1775. The San Carlos departed Sept 18, 1775.
Since that day, not all ships have departed the Bay or arrived successfully. How many shipwrecks lie scattered on the floor of the Bay, or in nearby waters or landfill? Few of us are aware of these relics from San Francisco's maritime past, many forgotten for a century or more. Yet every day Bay Area residents pass over long-buried ships. Some MUNI riders even tunnel through a ship on their daily commute.
This evening will bring to mind again some of the steam schooners, Gold Rush ships, Golden Gate wrecks, and U.S. Navy ships that forever remain "ghosts" in our waters, if not in our memories.
Pat Broderick has sailed on San Francisco Bay since 1971. He became interested in San Francisco Bay nautical archeology when a tug boat engineer neighbor came home with wine bottles from a Gold Rush era ship uncovered by construction along the old Embarcadero.
Held via Zoom. This event is a collaboration with the Mill Valley Historical Society.