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Photo Gallery: Shipwrecks

Curated by John A. Martini
The treacherous shores of the Golden Gate have claimed dozens of ships over the last two hundred and fifty years. The first European ship to enter the bay, the Spanish vessel San Carlos in 1775, smashed into rocks on the north shore attempting to maneuver out of the Gate. Since then, dozens of ships have found themselves stranded along the coast, many on the sands of Ocean Beach or beneath the cliffs of Lands End. These wrecks often drew huge crowds, especially the Coos Bay, Lyman Stewart and Frank Buck, which wrecked within yards of a popular streetcar line.