A Presentation by Renowned Maritime Archaeologist James Delgado - Postponed!

This event has been postponed!



San Francisco’s “Titanic:” The Loss of SS City of Rio de Janeiro and the Largely Unknown Story of Two Other Tragic Shipwrecks

The 1901 shipwreck of the Pacific Mail Steamship Company’s SS City of Rio de Janeiro was the deadliest ever at the Golden Gate. The Rio, which ran a route from Yokohama Japan to San Francisco, was inward bound from Hong Kong, and was carrying over 200 people including many Chinese and Japanese emigrants. Maritime archaeologist and historian Dr. James Delgado will share the story of the Rio, including its rumored “treasure” that never existed, and the discovery and rediscovery of the mud-shrouded hulk hundreds of feet deep. He will also share the stories of two less-known but tragic wrecks; SS City of Chester, and the USS Conestoga, which were also the focus of underwater archaeological discovery and surveys. Join us for a night of drama, tragedy, heroism, and an undersea tour of these three ships in our local waters.

October 10, 2023
Reception 6:00-7:00 PM
Presentation 7:00-9:00 PM

Maritime Museum
900 Beach St
San Francisco, CA 94109


Members $40 (with promo code)
General Public $45

Dr. James Delgado is a world-famous expert on nautical archaeology, with a career spanning over four decades. He has explored more than 100 shipwrecks, including the RMS Titanic. Dr. Delgado hosted the popular television series The Sea Hunters,and is a frequent guest on the National Geographic Series “Drain the Oceans.” He has worked extensively with the National Park Service, Vancouver Maritime Museum, the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA), and was the Director of the Maritime Heritage Program for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries from 2010-2017.

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