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image, ships, 1847

Gatepost, 2007
Sailors' Cemetery Site
Fort Baker, Sausalito, Marin County, California

WARNING!   ¡PELIGRO!
     This cemetery is in a dangerous, difficult to access, location. Use extreme caution.
     The site of this old cemetery is now in Fort Baker, just south of the City of Sausalito. It is immediately north of the Sausalito-Marin City Sanitary District treatment plant. The site is on federal park land.
     The cemetery is on a manmade bench (cut) at the brow of a high cliff above bay waters, the bench faces east. The north end of cemetery fell into the bay about 2004. It would NOT be wise to get too close to the edge of the cliff. In time, the entire cemetery will slough off and fall into the bay. The cemetery is currently overgrown with brush. Deer live there, and probably deer ticks too. The ticks can carry lyme disease.
     During the time of the Gold Rush and a short time after, when the sailors on the tall ships died, some of them were buried in the tiny Sailor's Cemetery. One old tombstone, now moved, records the death of a U.S.N. Seaman who drowned in 1850. It is suggested that perhaps a dozen seamen were buried there. (more
Cemetery Location Map



Sailors' Cemetery Photos
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On the way to the cemetery, 
going north from the road. On the way to the cemetery,
going north from the road. On the way to the cemetery,
going north from the road.
Looking into the cemetery
from the south end. Looking into the cemetery
from the south end. Looking into the cemetery
from the south end.
One of two pipes driven 
into the cemetery ground. Looking down from the 
north end where part of the 
cemetery fell into the bay. Telephoto shot of the 
shoreline and part of the 
brick grave enclosure that
fell in about 2004.
Sausalito-Marin City Sanitary District Treatment plant.
Sausalito-Marin City Sanitary District Treatment Plant.
Just North of the treatment plant
Just North of the Treatment Plant. Debris From the Cemetery Above has Sloughed off the Bluff and Slid to the Rocky Beach.
Just North of the treatment plant
The Bricks on the Right were once Part a Grave Enclosure.
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