This marker is one of a series intended to commemorate the 150 years of the Port of San Francisco. It is composed of a captioned photograph and text entitled Did you know... mounted on a cylindrical metal pylon.The Port of San Francisco
A San Francisco harbormaster estimated that 62,000 people, known as 49ers, arrived from around the world by ship in 1849. More than 500 ships were abandoned in what is now known as San Francisco's Financial District. In 2001, the General Harrison, an abandoned 1840s vessel was discovered at Battery and Clay Streets during construction of a new hotel.
Did you know...
Telegraph Hill got its name from the New Marine Telegraph, a semaphore placed on it summit in 1850 to announce ships arriving through the Golden Gate. Depending upon the arrangements of its two arms, the semaphore signaled whether a ship was friend or foe, in distress or ready to be worked. It was most popular for signaling the arrival of mail.
1863 - 2013
"Where the City meets the Bay"