Buried Ships of San Francisco

Eaten by Cannibals



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Buried Ships of San Francisco

Buried Ships of San Francisco (Amazon)

"As news of the California gold discovery in January of 1848 spread around the world, men rushed in to grab their share of the wealth. During the next few years, well over a thousand ships descended on the small village of Yerba Buena (now San Francisco) and anchored in the shallow cove on the eastern edge of town. Most gold seekers immediately deserted their vessels and headed straight for the gold fields, leaving the burgeoning town littered with scores of discarded hulks. Many of them were put to good use for storage and temporary housing. Others were broken up, burned, or sank. Wharves were built out over the cove, and land speculation on water lots soared, resulting in confrontations where vessels were sunk, lawsuits were filed, and even shots were occasionally fired! As the cove was filled in, an unknown number of vessels became buried in the foundation of the City, now lying beneath the Financial District. This book tells the stories (including maps and images) of over 180 gold rush era ships that were reported to have met their demise in San Francisco. Some have already been uncovered, but how many more of these historic vessels might still remain beneath our feet today?" [non-fiction]


Eaten by Cannibals

Eaten By Cannibals (Amazon)

"The true tales of a Victorian aristocratic couple, one a millionaire's daughter and the other a Hungarian count, sailing their yacht for adventure on the Pacific and Indian Oceans. The couple, Eila Haggin and Rudolph Festetics de Tolna, met in Paris in the early 1890s. They married in 1892 in New York, and began their adventure in 1893 aboard their luxury yacht, the Tolna, a gift from Eila's parents. They sailed from San Francisco to Australia, up to Japan and back down to Singapore, and westwards to the Indian Ocean, stopping at many known and unknown islands along the way. In their travels, they encountered cannibals, Pacific Islanders, Germans, British, and Americans - some of these groups more dangerous than others. They also visited Robert Louis Stevenson and tried to enter Manila at the beginning of the Spanish-American war. The fascinating exploits of this couple were followed by the newspapers in the Pacific and the United States. This book contains transcriptions of the many sensationalist articles, along with excerpts from Eila's diaries, and translations of Rudolph's books about their five year journey." [non-fiction]

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