OFF THE COAST AND BELOW THE CITY
Our aim is to explore the many facets of submerged culture. We bring together historians, explorers, archeologists, swimmers, artists, underwater enthusiasts, and sailors. The Society of Submerged culture is a membership-based organization striving to shine light on archeological discovery and catalog the many layers of history in San Francisco, and along its coastline. Membership is open and free to all whom are dedicated to the advancement, research, and education of submerged culture.
Collecting and documenting artifacts for our growing archive helps us uncover the stories of our surroundings.
The story of San Francisco's bustling waterfront begins in the 1840's. It became the central port in the Pacific and the main supplier to the gold prospectors. The Gold Rush brought individuals from near and far to profit from the riches to be made in California. Many merchants took advantage of this great opportunity to use the Port of San Francisco as a The central Pacific an influx of international trade. The San Francisco Seaport became the central Pacific Port and the main supplier to the gold prospectors. Over 300,000 people immigrated to California during the Gold Rush, and most came by ship. As prospectors headed to the mines to find their fortune the waterfront was littered with abandoned ships. Wharves turned into streets, and hundreds of docked and dismantled ships turned into jails, saloons, banks, and warehouses.