National Geographic : 1956 Aug
186 Matt Southard, San Francisco Examiner + From a Natural Grandstand, San Francisco Watches the Breeze-spanked Hearst Regatta + With the discovery of gold in 1848, thousands set sail for San Francisco. These rotting ships, their masts like a fire-swept forest, were abandoned by passengers and crews alike in the frantic search for wealth. Part of the phantom fleet now lies beneath sand fill and rock used to extend the city's waterfront (map, page 191). Smithsonian Institution . .... ....