Pomona Historic Shipwreck Project
Indiana University worked with California State Park representatives to perform a collaborative survey of submerged cultural resources at Fort Ross State Historic Park. A particular focus of the survey was the SS Pomona shipwreck. Project goals: conducting a thorough assessment of the underwater site, preparing a map of the Pomona, and collecting underwater photos and video documentation. The field survey (under the direction of Charles Beeker, Director of the Underwater Science Program at Indiana University, and John Foster, California State Park Senior Archaeologist) ran during August 1-10, 1998.
Visit the Indiana University field investigation report.
Pomona Shipwreck Project
SS Pomona Background Information:
Built: 1888 by Union Iron Works, San Francisco, California
Commissioned by: Oregon Improvement Co.
Ownership transfer: 1897, sold to PCSS Co.
Displacement: 1264 tons
Dimensions: 225 x 33.5 ft.
Vessel Type: Passenger and freight carrying steamer
Propulsion: Triple expansion steam engine, 1500 horsepower
Sank: March 17, 1908; under Captain Charles Swansen
Present Location: Within the Ft. Ross cove in 40-60 feet of water
Special thanks to Michael Stephenson, Bill Walton, Ashford Wood, and all the California State Park staff who have made our work possible this week.