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1888 shipwreck in San Francisco Bay hailed as big historical find
1888 shipwreck in San Francisco Bay hailed as big historical find

The rediscovery near the Golden Gate Bridge of a 202-foot-long passenger steamship that sank in 1888 is being hailed as restoring an important historical link to San Francisco’s early Chinese American community. The City of Chester was headed up the California coast to Eureka with 90 passengers on Aug. 22, 1888, when it was struck by the steamer Oceanic about 10 a.m. Impaled on Oceanic, which was arriving from Asia, the City of Chester remained afloat for six minutes before sinking. Sixteen people died in the accident. Initial reports had criticized Oceanic's Chinese crew, but that turned to praise when the crew's bravery in rescuing many of the City of Chester’s...

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