The Independence left the Mare Island Navy Yard on November 28, 1914, and was towed to the Union Iron Works at San Francisco, California. On March 5, 1915, she was docked at Hunter's Point, nearby and remained in dock for one week. At that time the bottom was found to be in an unexpectedly good state of preservation and serious consideration was given to the question of the ship's preservation. Some repairs and a total expenditure of about $4000 was made and a plan was formulated to use her as a restaurant and dancing place, which, however, fell through although a permit had been granted by the 'exposition authorities for that purpose.
Pig iron ballast valued at about $1900 was removed from the hold and a considerable amount of valuable hard wood was taken from the orlop deck knees.
On the night of September 20, 1915, the vessel was burned on the Hunter's Point mud flats to recover her metal fittings. Her total age since the .day of launching, June 20-, 1814, was 101 years and three months. Total time in San Francisco Bay, 57 years, 11 months and 15 days. Time elapsed since last being in dry dock, 28 years, 10 months and 20 days.