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14265. (photo) Mile Rock Lighthouse, San Francisco, Cal. c.1924.

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14265. (photo) Mile Rock Lighthouse, San Francisco, Cal. c.1924.

14265. (photo) Mile Rock Lighthouse, San Francisco, Cal. c.1924. The southern side of the entrance to the Golden Gate is dotted with a family of dangerous wave-swept rocks, the most dangerous to navigation being Mile Rock and Little Mile Rock. The Lighthouse Service tried marking the rocks with a bell buoy but the strong currents would pull the buoy beneath the surface of the water and even set it adrift. Then on February 22, 1901 the City of Rio de Janeiro, inbound in heavy fog, struck Fort Point Ledge and sunk in just eight minutes. Of the 210 people aboard, 128 were lost. The Lighthouse Board concluded that the shipwreck, the worst in San Francisco’s history, might not have occurred if a fog signal could be heard considerably seaward of the ledge. The tragic wreck provided ample motivation to overcome the obstacles inherent in constructing a lighthouse atop Mile Rock, and on June 28, 1902, Congress appropriated $100,000 for the work. Clear close press photo shows great detail of the light structure as visitors look on from the precarious position on the gangplank. Measures 6” x 8 ½”. Dated May 27, 1924. (VG+). $48.