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1853 SF – My God It’s Full of Ships

May 15, 2014
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Continuing in this week’s pandoramamonium, here is the harbor San Francisco in 1853.

1853 Rincon Point panorama

Click to lengthen. h/t to @SF_historian and @dnomadB.

“Hey. I’m gonna leave this ship right here kthxbai.”

1853 sf ships


The abandoned ships of course proves my theory that San Francisco has always been full of assholes.

Modern day analogy:

But man do I wish people in the 1850s would make my life a little easier today:

I’m looking at you, William Shew!

Anyway, those posts and rails are marking out water lots. The photos were taken in 1853 from Rincon Point, near what is now Harrison & Spear, over a bay that was pretty much filled in by 1859.


Field of view, via the 1853 Coast Survey map.

1853 pano field of view

@SF_historian play-by-play:

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Brandon permalink
    May 17, 2014 7:58 am

    You might be separatist rebel scum, but you do a great service for your Bernal community. :-)

  2. May 19, 2014 3:34 pm

    I have an ancestor that jumped ship in early 49, still here.

  3. May 19, 2014 3:34 pm

    Oh and that is a good job on the panorama.

  4. May 19, 2014 9:49 pm

    I love this post. Especially the callout on William Shew… C. Watkins woulda never let you down! (and he didn’t a few years later with his triptychs)

  5. Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable permalink
    May 22, 2014 3:23 am

    This is terrific!

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