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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 11, March 12, 2006, Article 24

GOLD RUSH SHIP REMAINS EXCAVATED IN SAN FRANCICSO

Arthur Shippee forwarded a link to a March 2 National Public
Radio piece about some urban archaeology in San Francisco
involving a Gold-Rush era ship.  There is no direct numismatic
connection, but many of our readers have an interest in Gold
Rush history.

"A construction crew excavating land for a new high rise in
San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood recently dug-up
a well-preserved chunk of the city's maritime past: A 19th-century
whaling ship that archeologists believe was buried and forgotten
as landfill after being abandoned by fortune-seeking sailors during
the Gold Rush.

It's the first such ship to be preserved nearly intact, and its
remains are telling researchers about the history and economy of
Gold Rush San Francisco."

"Through painstaking detective work, Allan has concluded that
his crew found the Candace, a three-masted bark about a 100 feet
long that was built in Boston in 1818. In its heyday, the whaler
sailed the globe, and it was likely among the first merchant ships
to carry the American flag into the Pacific."

To read the complete story, see: Full Story

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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