NOAA, partners reveal first images of historic San Francisco shipwreck, SS City of Rio de Janeiro

December 10, 2014 6:25 PM

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NOAA, partners reveal first images of historic San Francisco shipwreck, SS City of Rio de Janeiro

NOAA and its partners today released three-dimensional sonar maps and images of an immigrant steamship lost more than 100 years ago in what many consider the worst maritime disaster in San Francisco history.

On Feb. 22, 1901, in a dense morning fog, the SS City of Rio de Janeiro struck jagged rocks near the present site of the Golden Gate Bridge and sank almost immediately, killing 128 of the 210 passengers and crew aboard the ship.

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