Researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and independent shipwreck divers exploring the Golden Gate strait discovered two sunken ships from 1863 and 1910, with several hundreds more "forgotten ghost ships" likely still undiscovered in the area.
NOAA also completed the first sonar survey of the wrecked tankers Frank H. Buck (above) and Lyman Stewart, both of which are partially visible from San Francisco at low tide.
"The waters of the (Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary) and the park are one of the great undersea museums in the nation," said James Delgado, director of Maritime Heritage for the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. "These wrecks tell the powerful story of the people who helped build California and opened America to the Pacific for nearly two centuries."
"NOAA team reveals forgotten ghost ships off Golden Gate" (NOAA)