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Steam Ferry Berkeley

Steam Ferry Berkeley paranormal

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Location submitted by: sdonley on 05/26/2019
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The Berkeley is an 1898 steam ferryboat that operated for 60 years on San Francisco Bay. A California State Historic Landmark, and a National Historic Landmark. She is, in a word, "irreplaceable."

1492 North Harbor Drive
San Diego , CA 92101-3309
Phone: 619-234-9153 Ext 101
Open to the public: Yes

Lat: 32.723460
Lon: -117.173300

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Demographic Rank: 6
History: 1
Stories: 1
Claims: 5
Evidence: 0
Resources: 4
Retrievals: 8979
Vistor Rating: 0.0
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The Berkeley is an 1898 steam ferryboat that operated for 60 years on San Francisco Bay. A California State Historic Landmark, and a National Historic Landmark. She is, in a word, "irreplaceable."

Berkeley's importance to the Maritime Museum cannot be overstated. Aboard the vessel are the museum's offices, a major maritime research library, workshop, model shop, the museum store, special events venue with room for 800 guests, and numerous dry storage and archive areas.

The ferryboat's lower deck and main deck contain many important exhibits and displays, including her fully restored triple expansion steam engine, which, although no longer steam-operated, today performs for visitors with the aid of hydraulics and compressed air. Berkeley's engine room is unique worldwide. During the 1906 San Francisco earthquake Berkeley carried thousands of survivors to safety. Her captain and crew, not knowing the fate of their own families, worked night and day to help victims escape the burning shores of San Francisco. Their unwavering and unselfish efforts saved many, many lives. The upper deck of the ferryboat has played host to thousands of weddings, corporate and other special events since her arrival in San Diego in 1973. Berkeley has a unique historical and architectural significance that is reminiscent of the Victorian Age. She is the finest example of a 19th century ferryboat afloat. The Berkeley's hull underwent a revolutionary hull restoration process during the spring of 2003 that is expected to last for 50 years and may serve as the benchmark for the preservation of historic iron and steel hulled ships around the world.

Added by: sdonley on 05/26/2019 DB#:393


Stories are just that. Stories and personal accounts that have been reported about the location.

Over the years, there have been countless staff reports of bizarre activity aboard these decks. Some staff have reported not wanting to be alone on the Berkeley. Strange voices heard throughout the evening after hours, shadow apparitions, doors slamming, footsteps, objects being misplaced and later re-appearing.

Added by: sdonley on 05/26/2019 DB#:1395

Paranormal Claims

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2758 05/26/2019 sdonley Strange voices heard throughout the evening after hours.
2759 05/26/2019 sdonley Shadow apparitions
2760 05/26/2019 sdonley Doors slamming
2761 05/26/2019 sdonley Footsteps
2762 05/26/2019 sdonley Objects being misplaces and later found.

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OC Ghosts and Legends
Added: 05/26/2019 By: sdonley
Website where you can find out more information about the paranormal claims and book an investigation.
Wikipedia Entry
Added: 05/26/2019 By: sdonley
Wikipedia entry for this location.
Restoration Update
Added: 05/26/2019 By: sdonley
This page will discuss and describe a restoration project about the Ferry.
Hidden San Diego
Added: 05/27/2019 By: sdonley
Blog post about the Ferry showing photos of the inside of the ship.

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