#1031 Ferryboat Berkeley


#1031 Ferryboat Berkeley

Site information:

1492 North Harbor Drive, San Diego


Plaque information:

State plaque

Plaque text:

Ferryboat "Berkeley"

The steam ferryboat Berkeley was the first successful West Coast-built and operated ferry to be driven by a screw propeller as opposed to side-wheels. Built by the famous Union Iron Workers of San Francisco in 1898, the ferry operated until 1958 as part of the San Francisco Bay ferry system. The Berkeley is the oldest steel-hulled ferry on the West Coast and the earliest double-ended ferryboat to survive with her original historic fabric intact. After the 1906 San Francisco earthquake the Berkeley assisted in evacuating refugees to Oakland.

Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the Maritime Museum Association of San Diego and the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus, Squibob Chapter, July 9, 2000.

Registered 4/23/1999