NoeHill Travels in the American West: California

National Register of Historic Places in Solano County

Carquinez Strait
Carquinez Strait

  Whaling Bark Morning Star
Whaling Bark Morning Star
Photography by W. H. Tripp, 1914
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I could find no surviving images of the Stamboul, but it probably looked much like the 305 ton bark Morning Star which was built in Dartmouth, Massachusetts in 1853, ten years after the Stamboul.

National Register #88002030
Stamboul Whaling Bark Site
Foot of West 12th Street

Matthew Turner built a shipyard near here in 1882 California Landmark 973.

Turner grounded the whaling bark Stamboul for use as a work platform. It is said that the Stamboul's skeleton is visible at ebb tide, but when I visited on a drizzly, winter's day, the tide was at the flood, and only a solitary gull on a fallen tree was to be seen.

The whaling bark Stamboul was built in Medford, Massachusetts in 1843. During the 1880's, her home port was San Francisco. She had a length of 106 feet, a beam of 25 feet, and a draft of 14 feet with a tonnage of 260.

A bark is a sailing ship with three masts, square-rigged on the fore and main masts and fore-and-aft rigged on the mizzenmast. In the mid-19th century, this rigging became popular for whaling vessels because it required fewer men to handle the sails when the boats were down for whales.

The name Stamboul is a variant form of Istanbul widely used by English speakers in the 19th Century.

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