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This is an image of San Francisco in 1851 at the height of the California Gold Rush. Newcomers to the city were astonished to find Yerba Buena Cove crowded with nearly 800 hundred abandoned sailing ships.  The hysteria of gold fever was at such a high pitch, that many times when vessels came into port, sailors jumped ship before the anchor had dropped and the sails had been taken up.

California Men and Events

California Library Gold Rush Exhibit

Greg Pabst's History: Gold Rush City

Mind of James Donahue: Buried under Buildings

SF Gate: Mystery Ship Dug Up

California Library: An Unvarnished History

BoatingSF.com: Yerba Buena Cove

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