Brigantine Galilee

Brigantine Galilee (HM274U)

Location: San Francisco, CA 94109 San Francisco County
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N 37° 48.438', W 122° 25.794'

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The Smartest Sailing Vessel out of San Francisco

The brigantine Galilee "...has invariably outsailed and outpointed every vessel with which she has ever been in company, and has the reputation of being the smartest sailing vessel out of San Francisco."
— The Rudder, January 1899

Galilee's stern (on display here) is but one of her parts preserved. Behind you, in Bldg E, the park's collections include Galilee artifacts, photos and historical accounts — a legacy of innovative hull and rigging design, and record breaking speed.

"To see her sweeping through the blue Pacific seas with her pyramid of snowy cotton, round and hard with the blasts of the trade winds, to see her hull shearing through the seas with its sharp stern and gently rolling with a stately, graceful sweep of her spars, is enough to make any sailor or lover of nautical sights long for the days of sailing packets to come again."

— The Rudder, 1899

1891-1905: Island packet ship between Tahiti and San Francisco. Record speed 19 days; average 22.5
1905-1908: Charted the Earth's magnetic fields

1908-1933: Re-rigged as a schooner by the Union Fish Company, fitted with a diesel engine

1934-1962: Houseboat at Galilee Harbor, Sausalito

1975: Vessel parts conserved. Her bow is in Benecia at the

site of Turner's former shipyard

Owner & Designer
Matthew Turner

Length: 132.5'
Beam: 33.5'
Gross Tonnage: 354

1891 at Benecia, California
HM NumberHM274U
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, April 23rd, 2018 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 550184 N 4184587
Decimal Degrees37.80730000, -122.42990000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 48.438', W 122° 25.794'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 48' 26.28" N, 122° 25' 47.64" W
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Area Code(s)415, 510, 650
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 240 Funston Rd, San Francisco CA 94109, US
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