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A whaler unearthed: the 19th century whaling ship Candace in downtown San Francisco

Author(s): James Allan ; James Delgado

Year: 2015

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While conducting archaeological investigations for a construction project in downtown San Francisco, William Self Associates, Inc. encountered the remains of an early 19th century whaling ship buried 15 feet below the modern surface. This paper will present the story of the whaler Candace, a Boston-built barque that ended her days in the mudflats of San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Cove, the determined historical and archaeological research that led to her identification, and the unique insight into the industrial, commercial, and social fabric of post Gold-rush San Francisco that her condemnation, adjudication, and ultimate demise provides.

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A whaler unearthed: the 19th century whaling ship Candace in downtown San Francisco. James Allan, James Delgado. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 434192)


Temporal Keywords
19th Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 578

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America