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1888 Shipwreck Found In San Francisco [PHOTOS]: The Shipwreck Was Caused By Racism?

Travelers Today       By    Althea Serad

Updated: Apr 24, 2014 03:10 PM EDT

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Area near the Golden Gate Bridge where the 'City of Chester' was found
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Area near the Golden Gate Bridge where the 'City of Chester' was found

 

1888 shipwreck found in San Francisco, not far from the Golden Gate Bridge in April 23, Wednesday. After further investigation, reports are saying the 1888 shipwreck found in San Francisco could have been caused by racism during the bygone era.

This 1888 shipwreck found in San Francisco was discovered at the bottom of the bay, close to the Golden Gate Bridge.

 

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The ‘City of Chester’

 

According to history, the 1888 shipwreck found in San Francisco is a steamship named 'City of Chester', and it apparently went down while taking with it the lives of 16 people on board. According to NBC News on April 23, the 1888 shipwreck found in San Francisco is basically a "rediscovery" of the ship as it was first located more than 100 years ago.

The the 1888 shipwreck found in San Francisco was found again in our generation, albeit accidentally, by coastal teams as they were combing the bay's bottom in preparation of the 2014 America' Cup. The coastal teams reportedly found it with its hull rising 18-feet from the seabed and covered in mud. This 1888 shipwreck found in San Francisco is a 202-foot-long steamship and considered the "second worse shipwreck" of the San Francisco Bay area. The top worst is the 1901 Golden Gate Bridge-area wreck, taking in 128 lives.

 

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Sonar image of the wreckage of the ‘City of Chester’

 

CBS News reports that the 'City of Chester', the iron and wood 1888 shipwreck found in San Francisco, dates back to the days of the gold rush. The ship would taxi people back and forth from San Francisco to British Columbia. Apparently, the boat's captain made a dangerous turn and put the ship on a collision course with another ship which carried with it Chinese immigrants.

History records show that the bigotry and racist behavior against the Chinese was terrible during this era. The 'Oceanic', the ship carrying Chinese immigrants was instantly blamed for the collision because of the racism during that time.

 

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Sonar image of the wreckage of the ‘City of Chester’

 

Eventually, the truth was known and revealed that the 'City of Chester' vessel, the 1888 shipwreck found in San Francisco, caused the collision. According to NOAA, it was the Chinese who pulled many of the survivors out of the water. The people on board the 'City of Chester' were just commoners going about their business during those times.

Director of Maritime Heritage for the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration's Marine Sanctuaries James Delgado said that finding the 'City of Chester', the  1888 shipwreck found in San Francisco, the way it was sitting in 200 feet of water, is like discovering a piece of little-known history. Delgado said that sonar images showed high-resolution imagery of the 1888 shipwreck found in San Francisco with a fatal gash on its side.

 

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Sonar image of the wreckage of the ‘City of Chester’

 

Delgado was the first archaeologist on board the Titanic in 2000. He said that every discovery can't be the Titanic, but the discovery of a much smaller ship like this 1888 shipwreck found in San Francisco is just as necessary to history because it portrays the kind of life common people went through during early times.

The Chester, the 1888 shipwreck found in San Francisco, was carrying 90 people when it went down on August 22nd of 1888.

Despite all these discoveries and truths revealed, authorities won't be pulling the 'Chester' from the water. Delgado justified that just knowing the 1888 shipwreck found in San Francisco is there is enough as "it's a tangible link to another time."

1888 shipwreck found in San Francisco, 'City of Chester' was named for the city the boat was built in - Chester, Pennsylvania.

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