This photo shows hundreds of ships in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Cove 1851. The cove isn’t there anymore. It’s now the Financial District. Most of the ships that sailed into the cove were abandoned during the Gold Rush. Some were used as hotels, or shops, but eventually they were scuttled, and filled in the cove.
The map shows the original shoreline, and some of the ships that have been discovered during construction in the area.
So when you walk in the Financial District, remember this: under your feet is San Francisco’s Gold Rush History.