National Register #82002248
Frederick Griffing's Ship
Levi Plaza on Battery Street
During the 1978 construction of Levi Plaza, workmen unearthed the
remains of a sailing ship with a length of one hundred feet and a
beam of thirty feet. Historians think that the ship is either the Palmyra
or the William Gray.
Levi Strauss financed archaeological excavations and commissioned plans
for a facility to preserve and exhibit the ship; however, the company abandoned
preservation plans and chose instead to leave the ship buried beneath the plaza.
Ron Filion has drawn a fascinating map comparing the shoreline of
San Francisco at the beginning of the Gold Rush to the shoreline today. The map shows
the resting places of the many piers and ships buried beneath the Financial District
and the North Waterfront.
Mr. Filion's San Francisco History website
is an excellent resource for students of San Francisco histroy.