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City of Chester Shipwreck Revealed under Golden Gate

City of Chester image

noaanews image of City of Chester


On April 23, NOAA announced the discovery of the remains of a passenger steamer called the SS City of Chester although the wreckage was discovered (rediscovered?) during a 2013 sonar survey prepping for the America’s Cup yacht race.

The 1875-built ship sank in 1888 with 90 passengers on a foggy day en route from San Francisco to Eureka (not the tv show.) Sixteen people died after Chester was struck by an Asian ship, the Oceanic.

The location of the wreckage was known, having been “snagged” by an 1888 U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, and visited by an 1890 diver. Now it is mired in mud.

The rediscovery is not going to lead to retrieval, due to the conditions. But it will lead to a Google Oceans website and museum exhibit at the Gulf of Farallones National Marine Sanctuary at Crissy Field in San Francisco.

An image from the sonar echo system is in the first video below. It shows one kind of image the mappers of the ocean floor see, as well as those who are searching for #MH370, the Malaysia Airlines plane believed to be crashed and underwater of the coast of Australia.