The legends of maritime history evoke images of explorers setting sail to terra incognito, ships conveying pilfered riches from parts unknown, and shipwrecks run aground on unforgiving tropical islands. Due to its storied past as a major shipping channel with unpredictable weather, imposing geology, and perilous waters, the San Francisco Bay has entombed its own share of dead sailors' tales.
To coincide with the ongoing exhibit "Before the Bridge: Sight and Sound at the Golden Gate," which comprises rarely seen photos, maps, paintings, poetry, and other pre-bridge booty, on Wednesday the Presidio Trust invites maritime archaeologist James Delgado to delve into the secrets imprisoned in the depths of the bay. "Shipwrecks at the Golden Gate" details some of the most notable vessels that have docked at the bottom of the bay till judgment day, and the tantalizing treasures stowed within. Delgado gives voice to the long-forgotten sailors and their elaborate yarns, since the tempestuous and taciturn bay will never speak.
Watch a preview of the exhibit from KTVU (which we are unable to embed) or watch a travelogue in two-color Cosmocolor process showing the sights of S.F. and northern California: