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Scientists Locate Shipwreck In San Francisco Bay

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2013 Multi-beam sonar profile view of the shipwreck SS City of Chester.  (Credit: NOAA Office of Coast Survey NRT6)

2013 Multi-beam sonar profile view of the shipwreck SS City of Chester. (Credit: NOAA Office of Coast Survey NRT6)

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal ocean scientists have found the wreckage of a steamship that sunk in San Francisco Bay in 1888, a disaster that killed 16 people.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s James Delgado says the sinking of the City of Chester is the second-worst shipwreck to occur within the bay.

Three-dimensional images of the wreckage are expected to be released on Wednesday.

The Chester set off in thick fog on August, 22, 1888, eventually colliding with the Oceanic, a steamer more than twice as large.

News reports at the time placed blame on the Oceanic’s crew for failing to help victims on the smaller Chester.

But Delgado says testimony during the accident investigation revealed much of Oceanic’s crew acted bravely, with some aiding rescue efforts.

 

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