Chinese Fishing and Shipbuilding Site

Chinese Fishing and Shipbuilding Site (HM1K4P)

Location: San Diego, CA 92106 San Diego County
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N 32° 43.146', W 117° 13.871'

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From around 1860 to the early 1890's, the Chinese had a fishing village at this site along the La Playa Trail. The village had ten shanties, drying racks and salting tanks. At the shore was a shipbuilding facility where Chinese junks were constructed in traditional design from China.
The Sun Yun Lee, shown here; was the finest junk built in all California. Launched in 1884 on this site, the vessel had three masts and measured 52 feet in length, and 16 feet wide. It was built of redwood with masts and rudders made of ironwood from China. The fishermen had another village at the foot of Third Street near Chinatown where there abalone junks were anchored.They sailed these junks south along the Baja California coast to gather abalone. All the fresh fish needs of San Diego were supplied by the Chinese. Local merchants shipped marine products out of the Pacific Mail and Steamship Wharf at Fifth Avenue. By the early 1890's, due to the Chinese Exclusion Laws, the industry had to be abandoned. This monument commemorates the significant pioneer contributions of the Chinese fishermen to San Diego.
HM NumberHM1K4P
Year Placed2012
Placed ByLa Playa Trail Association
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Date Added Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 at 10:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 478335 N 3620170
Decimal Degrees32.71910000, -117.23118333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 43.146', W 117° 13.871'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 43' 8.76" N, 117° 13' 52.26" W
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Area Code(s)619
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Bessemer Path, San Diego CA 92106, US
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