SAN FRANCISCO - The City of Chester, a steamship named for the place it was built, went down on Aug. 22, 1888, after it was struck in dense fog by a larger ship, claiming 16 lives.
This week, scientists released the first images of the newly discovered wreckage of the wood-and-iron steamship.
The collision happened soon after families bid their loved ones safe passage and the ship - built at the John Roach & Sons Shipyard in Chester, Pa. - left San Francisco with 106 passengers for Eureka and Portland, Ore.
Moments later, it was split in two by the Oceanic, a ship more than twice its size, killing 13 passengers, including two children, and three crew members.
More than 125 years later, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration team found the shipwreck in 217 feet of water in San Francisco Bay, below the Golden Gate Bridge, while charting shipping channels.
A display featuring the images and history of the shipwreck is planned for San Francisco's Chrissy Field, which looks out over the spot where the Chester sank.