Petaluma's Sternwheel

Petaluma's Sternwheel (HM172Q)

Location: San Francisco, CA 94109 San Francisco County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 48.558', W 122° 25.284'

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Hyde Street Pier

— San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park —

"After 35 years, 8 months and 10 days we tie up for good. This ends 103 years of stern wheel navigation of S.F. Bay and tributaries. John H. Urton, Master"
Final Log Entry, dated August 24, 1950.

The Petaluma was the last of the San Francisco riverboats. During the nineteenth century, these passenger and cargo boats, operating on the inland river systems, were the primary link between San Francisco and the towns and farming communities of the California interior.

Running between San Francisco and Petaluma, the sternwheeler Petaluma made more than 10,000 trips over the 36-mile route. She carried passengers and served the chicken ranches for which Petaluma was famous.

Petaluma's shallow hull and sternwheel remained useful on the Petaluma River long after her sisters had quit the major rivers. Finally retired in 1950, she was exhibited in Oakland until she burned and sank in 1956. (Inscription next to the map) The San Francisco-to-Petaluma run.

Basic Facts:
Built: 1914, Benicia, California
Builder: James Robertson
Length Overall — 148 feet
Beam — 32 feet, 4 inches
Draft — 7 feet, 6 inches
Engine Type — Horizontal compound
Sternwheel Dia. — 18 feet.
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HM NumberHM172Q
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Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 6:59am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 550931 N 4184814
Decimal Degrees37.80930000, -122.42140000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 48.558', W 122° 25.284'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 48' 33.48" N, 122° 25' 17.04" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)415, 510, 650
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2976-2984 Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco CA 94109, US
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