Sailors' Cemetery Site |
Fort Baker, Sausalito, Marin County, California
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
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