Z. Eldredge SF Chronicle 16 Apr 1911

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Z. Eldredge SF Chronicle 16 Apr 1911 - FOR sreo Zoeth L Eldredge Urges the Supervisors...
FOR sreo Zoeth L Eldredge Urges the Supervisors and Mayor to Take Initiative Zoeth L Eldredge has suggested In letters to the Board of Supervisors and to the Mayor that the old war sloop Portsmouth that played so Important Important a part In ths transfer of sovereignty sovereignty n California from Mexico to the United States be brought from the Atlantic seaboard to Ban Fran cisco and made a permanent feature among Us objects of historical In terest Eldredge does not take to himself credit for originating the idea but expressly disavows It In his letters He only strongly urges that steps be taken to have It carried out Some time ago the suggestion was made to the Navy Department that the old war ship should not be sold by the department as had been proposed but that It should be brought to this city and established In some public place as a national relic to be observed observed and venerated by all visitors the cost estimate of fitting her up for the Ion voyage around the Horn being placed at 25000 This seemed to be too much money for the depart ment to spend for such a purpose knd she was ordered to Norfolk Va there to do duty as a quarantine hulk Eldredge says that he considers this use of the vessel which gave Its name to Portsmouth square beloved of Robert Louis Steven son as llftle less than desecra tion ot a historical Instrument that should be Installed by the people of San Francisco where It would be an object lesson to coming generations of some of Californias early history and particularly that of San Francisco Francisco He urges immediate action in bringing the ship here citing a re cent story In the New York Sun to the same efrect In his letters Eldredge gives some Interesting historical data of evetits in which the Portsmouth was a central central figure She arrived In the bay in June 1846 commanded by John E Montgomery for whom one of San Franciscos principal streets was named On July 9th she landed seventy marines who hoisted the American flag on the plaza pole In front of the Custom - house taking possession of the then Yerba Buena In tho name of the Government of the United States This was done under orders from Com modore Sloat then at Monterey whose name has been given to Kloat boule vard Later Lieutenant Misrocn and squad of sailors - set a buttery at Clarks Point hence the name of Bat tery street During the stay of the ship In these waters which was until the spring of 1847 Lieutenant Bartlett suggested the order afterward made official changing the name of the village from Yerba Buena as it had been known under the Mexican regime to San Francisco

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  1. San Francisco Chronicle,
  2. 16 Apr 1911, Sun,
  3. Page 27

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