This piece of the stern and rudder of the Niantic was discovered in 1978 during excavation for the Mark Twain Plaza complex next to the Transamerica Building. There are scores of ships interred under the landfill covering the former Yerba Buena Cove. This fill is now the foundation of the financial district skyscrapers. The waterfront buildings, wharfs, and storeships were burned to the waterline in 1851 and covered over at that time, pushing the waterfront to the east and deeper water.
The presence of the past: Trans Pacific relationships, especially with China, are still a major key to economic health in the U.S economy. San Francisco continues to be a global city with a Pacific Rim as well as American identity.