The San Francisco Maritime Museum, operated by National Parks, has some items that have been retrieved on digs that were usually found by construction crews uncovering ship hulls! My senior paper in college was about mid-nineteenth century material culture, specifically on Gold Rush era California items. The museum and library were closed for renovation when I was writing my paper back in 2006, so it was fun to see items that I had read about and seen sketches of, like the duck head paper holder below!
|ID chart to items in display|
|Dug relics from various storeships|