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Following is a partial list of books and publications referenced during the development of The Maritime Heritage Project.

Below that are world ports and maritime museums visited during the past 40 years. These publications are the the foundation for The Maritime Heritage Project. Other books are throughout the site.

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Non Fiction

Altrocchi, Julia Cooley The Spectacular San Franciscans
(Society in America series)
E.P. Dutton and Company
New York, 1949
Asbury, Herbert The Barbary Coast: An Informal History of the San Francisco Underworld Originally published 1933
Numerous reprints exist
Bacon, Daniel Walking San Francisco on the Barbary Coast Trail Quicksilver Press
Revised 1997
Bateson, Charles Gold Fleet for California
Forty Niners from Australia and New Zealand
Michigan State University Press
East Lansing, Michigan, 1963
Beebee, Lucius and
Clegg, Charles
Illustrated: Over 1000 Pictures
The American West: The Pictorial Epic of a Continent (Hear the Train Blow) E.P. Dutton and Company
New York, 1955
Camp, William Martin San Francisco: Port of Gold Doubleday & Company
New York, 1948
Carson, Rachel The Sea Around Us Originally published 1950
Reprints are readily available
Chandler, Arthur Old Tales of San Francisco Kendall/Hunt Publishing
Clark, Arthur Hamilton

The Clipper Ship Era: An Epitome Of Famous American And British Clipper Ships, Their Owners, Builders, Commanders And Crews 1843-1869

Originally published 1920s.

In 2009 an historical reproduction was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove imperfections introduced by the digitization process. The book may have occasional errors that do not impede the value of information.
Cummins, Ella Sterling
with an Introduction to the Reprint by Oscar Lewis
The Story of the Files: A Review of California Writers and Literature (Classic Reprint) Originally published 1893
Reprinted by Yosemite Collections, San Leandro
Cutler, Carl C.,
Forward by Chester W. Nimitz, Fleet Admiral, U.S. Navy
Queens Of The Western Ocean, The Story Of American's Mail And Passenger Sailing Lines U.S. Naval Institute
Annapolis, 1961
Dana, Richard Henry
Harvard Classic. Edited by Charles W. Eliot, LLD
Two Years Before The Mast: A Personal Narrative Of Life At Sea P.F. Collier & Son Corp.
New York, New York, 1937
Davis, Sam A Miner's Christmas Carol and Other Frontier Tales Originally published 1886
Reprinted by Western Tanager Press, Santa Cruz, 1987
Dillon, Richard H.
with a foreward by William Hogan (Former Book Editor at the San Francisco Chronicle)
Embarcadero. Being a Chronicle of True Sea Adventures from the Port of San Francisco.

New York, 1959

Dillon, Richard H. San Francisco Adventurers and Visionaries  

Dillon, Richard H.

The seamen's lot became so horrible in this period that entire crews frequently jumped ship when a vessel came into port.

Shanghaiing Days: The Thrilling Account of 19th Century Hell-Ships, Bucko Mates and Masters, and Dangerous Ports-of-Call from San Francisco to Singapore 1961.
In the last quarter of the nineteenth century, the American Merchant Marine went into a tragic decline, and sailors were forced to serve under conditions that were little better than serfdom. Successful skippers had turned into slave drivers, cracking down on the sailors, sometimes even murdering their "hands."
Dobie, Charles Caldwell
Illustrated by E.H. Suydam
San Francisco's Chinatown D. Appleton-Century Company
New York/London, 1936
Engle, Eloise America's Maritime Heritage Naval Institute Press
Annapolis, Maryland, 1975
Epstein, Richard F. Old Mok: The Story of a Gold Camp Dry Bones Press
San Francisco, California, 1995

Fishlock, Trevor
Author of books on Wales, India, Russia, America and on 19th century exploration.
More Fishlock"s Sea Stories
Trevor Fishlock has worked on assignment in 70+ countries and was staff correspondent of The Times in India and New York, and Moscow bureau chief for The Daily Telegraph.
Poetry Wales Press
Bridgerid, Wales, 2003
Fishlock, Trevor Wales and the Welsh 1972
Genthe, Arnold Genthe's Photographs of San Francisco's Old Chinatown 1984
Gentry, Curt The Madams of San Francisco: An Irreverent History of the City By the Golden Gate Originally published 1964
Reprints are readily available
Gibbs, James A., Jr. Shipwrecks of the Pacific Coast 1957
Gleason, Madeleine Rowse The Voyages of the Ship Revere, 1849-1883
(Pacific Maritime History)
Hansen, Gladys San Francisco Almanac: Everything You Want to Know About Everyone's Favorite City Chronicle Books
San Francisco, California, 1995
Hardy, A.C. The Wonderful Story of the Sea Odhams Press Limited
Long Acre, London

Harlow, Frederick Pease
The Making of a Sailor or Sea Life Aboard a Yankee Square-Rigger
Firsthand account of a sailor's life in the 1870s.
(Publication ... of the Marine Research Society, #17.)

Dover Publications
New York, New York, 1928
(Marine Research Society.)

Excellent description of the hard life of an American sailor in the 1870s. Harlow, from New England, describes his first coastal voyage on a schooner, down the coast and up the Chesapeake and the Potomac. Then he tells of his long voyage to Australia on a square rigger. Well documented with sea chanteys, pictures and explanatory footnotes.

Howe, Octavius Thorndike Argonauts of '49: History and Adventures of the Emigrant Companies from Massachusetts 1849-1850 Cambrdige
Harvard University Press, 1928

Hjalmarson, Birgitta
Artful Players: Artistic Life in Early San Francisco Balcony Press
Los Angeles, California

Hughes, Robert
The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia's Founding

Alfred A. Knopf
New York, 1987
The history of the birth of Australia which came out of the suffering and brutality of England's convict transportation system. 16 pages of illustrations and 3 maps.

Kalani, Lyn and
Sweedler, Sarah
Fort Ross and the Sonoma Coast
(CA) (Images of America)
San Francisco, California, 2004
Latta, Estelle
in collaboration with Mary L. Allison
Controversial Mark Hopkins: The Great Swindle of American History Cothran Historical and Research Foundation
Sacramento, California
Duke University, 1953/1963

Laxton, Edward
The Famine Ships: The Irish Exodus to America Henry Holt and Company
New York, 1996
Between 1846 and 1851, more than one-million people--the potato famine emigrants--sailed from Ireland to America. This book tells of the courage and determination of those who crossed the Atlantic in leaky, overcrowded sailing ships. Among them the child Henry Ford and the twenty-six-year-old Patrick Kennedy, great-grandfather of John F. Kennedy.
Levy, Jo Ann They Saw the Elephant: Women in the California Gold Rush 1992.
Lewis, Oscar Sea Routes To The Gold Fields - The Migration By Water To California In 1849-1852 Originally published 1849
Numerous reprints are available
Lubbock, Basil
Introduction by Alan Villiers, Illustrated by Jack Spurling
Best of Sail Grosset & Dunlap
New York, 1972
Markham, Edwin California Songs and Stories Powell Publishing Company
Los Angeles, California
Paine, Ralph Delahaye The Old Merchant Marine; A Chronicle of American Ships and Sailors Republished as a Kindle Edition.
Masefield, John Sea Life In Nelson's Time Naval Institute Press
Annapolis, Maryland, 2002
McCreery, Cindy Ports of the World : Prints from the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich c.1700-1870 Philip Wilson Publishers

McNutt, James C.
National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West: Capturing 125 Years of Majesty, Spirit, and Adventure National Geographic, 2012
Divided into four chapters--Legends, Encounters, Boundaries, and Visions-- National Geographic photography, past and present, brings the American West alive through the best of its collection.
Miller, Kerby and Patricia Mulholland Journey of Hope: The Story of Irish Immigration to America Chronicle Books
San Francisco, California, 2001
Mjelde, Michael Jay The San Francisco waterfront in 1872--annotated  
Mjelde, Michael Jay Clipper Ship Captain: Daniel McLaughlin and the Glory of the Seas Assn of the National Maritime Museum Library: Pacific Maritime History Series #3, 1993
Muir, John The Mountains of California (The Writings of John Muir volume 4, Volume 1) Ten Speed Press
Berkeley, California
Niven, John The American President Lines and Its Forebears, 1848-1984: From Paddlewheels to Containerships University of Delaware Press
O'Brien, Robert
Illustrated by Antonio Sotomayor
California Called Them - A Saga Of Golden Days And Roaring Camps
McGraw-Hill Book Company
New York, 1951
Olmstead, Roger R.
("Lavishly Illustrated")
Scenes of Wonder & Curiosity From Hutchings' California Magazine, 1856-1861 Howell-North Books
Berkeley, California, 1951
Paasch, Captain H. Paasch's Illustrated Marine Dictionary Originally Published 1885 by the Captain in Antwerp.
Lyons & Burford/Conway Maritime Press, 1997
Pickelhaupt, Bill Shanghaied in San Francisco  
Rathmell, George Realms of Gold : The Colorful Writers of San Francisco, 1850-1950
(California Literary Heritage)
Creative Arts Book Company
Berkeley, California, 1998
Repplier, Agnes Junipero Serra: Pioneer colonist of California Doubleday Doran & Co.
Garden City, New York, 1913
Rogers, John C. Origins of Sea Terms Mystic Seaport Museum, 1985
Rowe, William Hutchinson The Maritime History of Maine: Three Centuries of Shipbuilding and Seafaring W.W. Norton & Company
New York, New York, 1948
Sandweiss, Martha A. The Oxford History of the American West  
Rathmell, George Realms of Gold : The Colorful Writers of San Francisco, 1850-1950 (California Literary Heritage) Creative Arts Book Company
Berkeley, California, 1998
Shafter, Oscar Lovell Life, Diary And Letters Of Oscar Lovell Shafter: Associate Justice, Supreme Court Of California (1915)
January 1, 1864 to December 31, 1868
Blair-Murdock Company
San Francisco, California, 1915
Sobel, Dava Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time  
Soule, Frank
Gihon, John H., M.D.
Nisbet, James

The Annals of San Francisco:
A Complete Facsimile Edition of the Original Work Published in 1855 by D. Appleton & Company

The Annals of San Francisco: Containing a Summary of the History of California, and a Complete History of San Francisco, Its Great City: To Which Are Added, Biographical Memoirs of Some Prominent Citizens

Berkeley Hills Books
Berkeley, California, 1998
Strobridge, William F. Regulars in the Redwoods: The U.S. Army in Northern California 1852-1861
(Frontier Military Series)
Arthur H. Clark Company
Frontier Military SEries Volume XVI, 1994
Tryckare, Tre The Lore of Ships Crescent Books
New York, 1973
Twain, Mark The Innocents Abroad: or, The New Pilgrims' Progress
(Modern Library Classics)
Originally published 1869
Many reprints exist.
Winchester, Simon The Map That Changed the World: William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology Avon Books
New York, 2001
Yung, Judy Unbound Feet: A Social History of Chinese Women in San Francisco University of California Press
Berkeley, California, 1995
Gregory, Philippa A Respectable Trade
A Novel of the Slave Trade into Bristol England, 1700s
New York, 1998
Kneale, Matthew English Passengers: A Novel
(Booker Prize Finalist)
Anchor Books/Random House
New York, 2001
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Sitka, or New Archangel, Capital of Alaska in 1869
when the U.S. purchased the land from Russia
L'Amour, Louis



First published 1957
Numerous reprints exist.
Margolin, Marcolm The Way We Lived: California Indian Stories, Songs & Reminiscences Heyday Books
Berkeley, California, 1981
Marryat, Frederick

Peter Simple

Peter Simple; and, The Three Cutters, Vol. 1-2

Melville, Herman Moby-Dick: or, The Whale(Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) First published 1851, London
Numerous reprints exist, including illustrated versions
Moberg, Vilhelm Emigrants: The Emigrant Novels Book 1 (The Emigrant Novels / Vilhelm Moberg, Book 1): A Novel Translated from the Swedish by Gustaf Lannestock Simon and Schuster
New York, 1951
Solley, George C.
Selected and Arranged by George C. Solley and Eric Steinbauch
Moods of the Sea: Masterworks of Sea Poetry Naval Institute Press
Wallace, Willard M. The Raiders: A Novel of the Civil War at Sea Little, Brown and Company
Boston, Massachusetts, 1970

Other Publications

In addition to the books noted, primary sources for shipping news have been:
°The Daily Alta California and The San Francisco Chronicle microfiche records in the Main Branch of the San Francisco Public Library.
° Documents from the J. Porter Shaw San Francisco Martime Library, San Francisco.
° The California Historical Society
° Hutchings California Magazine
° The Oakland Museum of California
° Logs and documents from The National Archives and Records Administration, San Bruno, California.
° Secondary publications have included newspapers from Boston, New York, and occasionally New Orleans.

Maritime Museums Visited

° Boston: Boston National Historic Park
° America: California: San Francisco Maritime Museum and National Park
° America: Connecticut: Mystic Seaport Musuem at Mystic
° America: Maine: Searsport Maritime Museum
° America: New York: South Street Seaport Museum
° Australia: Brisbane Maritime Museum
° British Columbia: Maritime Museum of B.C., Vancouver Maritime Museum
° Caribbean: Curacao Maritime Museum, Willemstad, Curacao
° Channel Islands: Lighthouse
° England, Greenwich Maritime Museum
° France: Maritime Museum at Nice
° French Polynesia: Moorea Maritime Museum
° New Zealand National Maritime Museum, Auckland

World Ports Visited

° America

- California (Bodega Bay, Fort Ross, Los Angeles, Monterey, Morro Bay, San Diego, San Francisco — all coastal cities, actually)
- Florida (Key West and Miami)
- Hawaii (All Islands)
- Illinois (Chicago)
- Louisiana (New Orleans)
- Maine (all coastal cities), Maryland (Baltimore)
- Massachuetts (Boston, Salem)
- New Jersey (all coastal cities)
- Louisiana (New Orleans)
- Oregon (Portland and all coastal cities)
- Washingon (Seattle and all coastal cities)

° Australia: Brisbane, Cairns, Port Douglas
° Bahamas: Nassau
° British Columbia: Vancouver Island
° Caribbean: Aruba, Curacao, Grenada, Barbados, St. Vincent/Grenadiens, St. Thomas, Puerto Rico, Jamaica
° Channel Islands (English Channel): Guernsey, Jersey, Sark
° Costa Rica: Coastal cities along the Atlantic
° England: Greenwich, London, Plymouth, Weymouth
° France: Monaco, Nice, Paris (upriver)
° Cook Islands: Roratonga
° Greece: Capri, Santorini
° Holland: Amsterdam, Den Haag
° Hong Kong, Kowloon and Macao
° Ireland: Dublin and coastal cities
° Italy: Civitacchia, Livorno, Naples, Venice
° Japan: Inland Sea villages, Tokyo,
° Mexico: Both coasts to Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, Playa del Mar, Sea of Cortez
° New Zealand: Auckland, Devonport
° Tahiti (French Polynesia): Bora Bora, Moorea
° Thailand: Bangkok (on the Chao Praya river), and coastal cities
° Turkey: Kusadasi
° Wales: Holyhead, Pembroke, Swansea

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