Sandy Beach Cove

Sandy Beach Cove (HMAOE)

Location: Jenner, CA 95450 Sonoma County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 30.817', W 123° 14.667'

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Sandy Beach Cover lies below the fort. The principal port of the settlement was 19 miles to the south at Port Rumiantsev (Bodega Bay), where there was a deep-water anchorage and a warehouse. Russian Navy and Russian-American Company ships frequently visited California ports, trading and conducting scientific studies. They stopped at Rumiantsev to load and offload goods and to get fresh water. Vessels from many other countries stopped there to trade as well. There was frequent travel and transport of goods between Sandy Beach and Port Rumiantsev in Russian launches, Native Alaskan "baldarkas" (kayaks), and "baidaras" (large, open skin boats used to carry cargo and up to 15 passengers).

In the cove area there were a number of buildings including sheds for boats, a forge and blacksmith shop, tannery, cooperage, a public bath, boat shop and shipways for building ships. Farm implements and launches were sold and traded to the Spanish and four Russian-American Company Ships—three brigs and a schooner—were the first built on the California coast. The shipyard was abandoned by 1825, but the Company continued to build smaller boats.
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Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 7:09am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 478688 N 4262832
Decimal Degrees38.51361667, -123.24445000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 30.817', W 123° 14.667'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 30' 49.02" N, 123° 14' 40.02" W
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Area Code(s)707
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 135 Fort Ross, Jenner CA 95450, US
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