San Francisco Bay "Ark" Historical

San Francisco Bay "Ark" Historical (HM1X52)

Location: San Francisco, CA 94109 San Francisco County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 48.483', W 122° 25.25'

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"Here a bath is a matter of stepping off the porch, a stroll is taken in a boat, and a splash of oars announces butcher and baker." - Albert B. Hunt in Houseboats and Houseboating. 1905

This little houseboat, referred to locally as an ark, was one of several dozen boats for San Francisco families in Belvedere Cove, near Tiburon in Marin County.

Reputedly built for the McGinnis family sometime prior to 1900, this ark was hauled ashore about 1923 and passed through several hands before being donated to the museum in 1969.

Summer aboard the arks was an idyllic time. The boats were brightly painted and glowed at night with colorful Japanese lanterns. Evenings were spent visiting between boats in neatly finished rowboats.

Built: c. 1890-1900
Builder: Unknown
Length Overall - 44 feet
Beam on Deck - 25 feet, 6 inches
Draft - 2 feet
HM NumberHM1X52
Placed ByU.S. Department of the Interior. National Park Service, San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, March 6th, 2017 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 550981 N 4184676
Decimal Degrees37.80805000, -122.42083333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 48.483', W 122° 25.25'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 48' 28.98" N, 122° 25' 15" W
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Area Code(s)415, 510, 650
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2950 Hyde St, San Francisco CA 94109, US
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