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Ships arriving at the Port of San Francisco

Arrivals 1849

Please note: Generally, these arrivals are merchant ships, included to give a sense of the volume and type of goods into early San Francisco. If you had the money in San Francisco during the 1800s, you could have anything your heart desired. They are by no means complete, and passenger lists for these vessels are often unavailable. Click here for lists of passengers.

° 1846-1848 ° 1849 ° 1850 ° 1851 ° 1852 ° 1853 ° 1854 ° 1855 ° 1856
° 1858 ° 1860-1862 ° 1863 ° 1864 ° 1868 ° 1870s ° 1880s ° 1890s


  • January 9: New Goods, Landing from Brigantine Calderon, and for sale by new subscribers: Champagne, Cognac, Wine, ass'd in cases, wine in piper, Cordials ass'd, Italian, American Beef and Pork, Cassimeres, Brown and Bl'd Domestics, Prints, H'dkfs, Silk and Cotton, Clothing, Saddle Cloths, Shawls, Medicines, Shirts, Shoes, Together with a large variety of desirable articles. Finley Johnson & Co., San Francisco
  • January 11: Brig Susanna. Peruvian. Master Girondeau. From Callao with cargo to Finley, Johnson & Co., and to the passengers.
  • January 11: Brigantine Matilda. Chilean. Master Jones. From Guayaquil with cargo.
  • January 11: Schooner Jackin. Chilean. Master G. Norman. From Acapulco with cargo and specie to Bawden & Co. Destination: Mazatlan.
  • January 14. Bark Minerva. American. Master Perry. 48 days from Valparaiso, with cargo to the master, Dickson & Hay, and others. Minerva's destination is Santa Cruz for lumber.
  • January 18, 1849 (Thursday): New Goods. Just arrived and now landing from the brigTepic, the following assortment of new goods, viz: Pink prints, striped ticks, bleached candle wick mousseline, delaine, black muttons, black velveteens, blue do, bro. do., col'd rib'd cantene, mens white merino pants, white and brown cotton shirts, woman's marble and gray hose, do fancy col'd hose, hand tapers, mill. sw, best style, nails, weighing machine, ponchos, chest and T hinges, cask, shoemakers ware, hammers, hand vices, coffee mills, flour, syrup, bread, tin spoons, shoes, bandas, brandy, port, assorted fruits, spun bandana hdkfs, lams, shawls, India rubber braces, reel and skein cotton, navy and two blue prints, chromo prints, green stripe prints, white quilting, printed sateens, India jeaus, vest shapes, men's brown cotton half hose, regatta shirts, white do. hoes, mill saws, scissors, butcher's and cook knives, pen and pocket do, sailor's and jack do, razors, pearl buttons, beer, S.I. sugar, beef, tin dippers, lamps, pipes, raisins, sherry, claret, preserved meats, for sale by
  • January 16: Bark Prince Menshinoff. Russian. Master Rudakoff. 12 days from Sitka. General merchandise to Starkey, Janion & Co. Destination is the Columbia River.
  • January 17: In port and ready to sail: British bark Janet for the Columbia River; American brig Eveline for Monterey and the Sandwich Islands; bark Dolores with freight and passengers for Valparaiso.
  • January 18: Schooner Honolulu with Newell as master, sailed for Honolulu and China.
  • January 19: Brigantine Nuevo Hermanos. Master Garbe. 68 days form Guayaquil, with cargo to Finley, Johnson & Co.
  • January 24: Ship Ann McKim. Master Rubint. 51 days from Valparaiso, touched at Guayaquil, left that port December 24. Consigned to Cross, Hobson & Co. 58 passengers (or 60 - conflicting reports).
  • January 24: Brig Thili. Master Druet. Left Valparaiso 29th Dec. Assorted cargo for consignee. 30 passengers.
  • January 24: Schooner Greyhound, Master Nye, sailed for San Pedro.
  • January 25: American schooner Swallow. Master Young. 15 days from Mazatlan. Assorted cargo to consignee on board. 15 passengers.
  • January 27: Ship Bingham. American. Master Scovel. 22 days from Honolulu with an assorted cargo to Ure, and others.
  • January 28: Schooner Catharine. American. Master Treadway. 31 days from Honolulu, to order.
  • January 30: Schooner Atreviado. Master Wyer. 78 days from Tahiti. Consigned to R.A. Parker.
  • February 7: New Goods -- Now landing from the ship Ann McKim, just arrived from Valparaiso, a large assortment of New and seasonable Goods, as follows -- Wines, etc., sauterne, Rhine, Burgundy, sherry, Bordeaux, champagne; absinthe; san Vicente, Priorato; anisette; ale and porter.
    Reprints available by clicking on images.
    Absinthe Blanqui
    Mustard; pickles; Worcester sauce; vinegar; tin'd pots and covers; sauce, stew and fry pans; cutlery; pewter plates; hatchets; a large and general assortment of tin ware; broad head axes; claw and narrow hatchets; adze handles; regatta and serge shirts; bl'k levantine hdkfs; horse rugs; prints; brass bedsteads; mattresses and pillows; blankets; cot'n bedspreads and sheets; blue flannel shirts; woolen and silk hose; assortment of clothing; boots and shoes; hats; stocks; shop; cheese; crackers; kitts salmon; patent carbines; writing paper; tubs; shovels; Am'n chairs, and other articles for sale by SHERMAN & RUCKLE. 
    E. Mickle & Co. also advertised an extensive list of goods for the Ann McKim, including blankets and quilts; gents' silk neck scarfs; men's worsted stockings; horse rugs; linen drills; linen towels; sail twine; childrens' woolen cloaks; gilt, brass, and other buttons; night lights; gold watches; looking glasses; sperm candles; revolver pistols; powder horns; spurs; chocolate; traveling bottles; &c., &c.., all offered for sale "on reasonable terms at the warehouse of Messrs. Sherman & Ruckle, corner of Clay and Montgomery sts."
  • February 16: U.S.S. Ohio. Captain not listed. 29 days from Mazatlan.
  • February 16: Brig Laura Ann. British. Master Matthews. 25 days from San Blas, with cargo to Ross Benton & Co. 57 passengers.
  • February 16: Brig Maick Adhel. American. Hall master. 8 days from Hunts Mills, Columbia River, with lumber to N. Crosby, Jr.
  • February 16: Barque Callao. Peruvian. Stevens master. 30 days from San Blas with cargo to J. Miller, F. Probst and others.
  • February 16: Barque Eliza. Chilean. Master not listed. From Valparaiso via Mazatlan. Cargo to T. Parrot and Cross, Hobson & Co. Alta California, February 19, 1849: THE CARGO OF THE BARQUE Eliza, now landing and for sale on moderate terms consisting of spanish brandy in barrels, aniseed in demijohns, ale in bottles, vinegar in casks, olive oil in jars, wines in casks and cases, viz: Claret, champagne, sherry, muscatel, malaga, chacoli, Spanish almonds in casks, filberts in bags, preserved meats, a superior quality in cases, biscay iron, milan steel, tin plates, Havana cigars, quinine, window glass, hollow glass ware, printed books, shoes, vicuna hats, Guayaquil hats, liston ribbons, sewing silk, embroidering silk, brittnias, platillas, letter paper, etc., Spanish florete, etc., colored shirts, etc., etc. CROSS HOBSON & CO
  • February 16: Brigantine Lonia Perry. Ellis master. From Monterey and Santa Cruz with potatoes to P. McConn.
  • February 18: Barque Stouth. French. 51 days from Valparaiso with cargo to Cross, Hobson & Co. and others.
  • February 19: Barque Mary. American. Parker master. 30 days from Honolulu with cargo to Williams & Co., Starkey, Janion & Co., H. Lawrence, C.V. Gillespie and others. 46 passengers.
  • February 20: Ship Confederacion. Chilean. 53 days form Valparaiso. Cargo to M. Bauend.
  • February 20: Brig Trobador. 26 days from San Blas to Mellus, Howard & Co.
Sunset over San Francisco's Golden Gate. c 1800s.
Sunset on the Golden Gate, San Francisco
  • March: Barque John W. CaterAlta California, March 20, 1849: NEW GOODS, Direct from New York. Now landing from the Barque John W. Cater, a general assortment of stable fancy Goods; Superior Cavendish tobacco, superior Havana segars, crockery, in well assorted crates, glass ware, looking glasses, iron, american and english steel, sheet iron, nails, wrought & cut, russia hemp rope, cooking stoves with fixtures, (complete) Columbia camanche and natches saddles, ladies saddles, bridles, boots & shoes, glass 6-8 7-9 10-12 12-14, english linseed oil, grind stones, cap and letter paper, hardware (in ass'd cases), table and pocket cutlery, tin ware, shovels, spades, hoes, axes and handles, matches, ploughs and extra plough shares, a large assortment of clothing, shirts, drawers & under shirts, a great variety of prints, M. de laines, cashmeres, ginghams, french and english cloths, french & english cassimeres, french doeskins, sattinett, blea, & bro. sheeting and shirting, blankets, blea. & bro. drills, silk & cot. hdkfs., red, yellow, scarlet, green & white flannel, great variety of shawls, edgings, lace, cambrics, muslins, irish linen, ass'd taffeta ribbons, bonnet ribbons, cotton velvet, spool and lb. thread, hosiery, gloves, ladies fig. silk dress hdkfs., brooms, cultivators, harrows, fanning mills, linseys, shell combs, hooks & eyes, silk purses, hair brushes, playing cards, gold guard chains, beads, &c. The above cargo not being subject to duty, the subscribers feel confident that they can offer great inducements to purchasers. ROSS, BENTON & Co., San Francisco
  • March 25: American Schooner Louisa Perry. Ellis master. From Santa Cruz with lumber.
  • March 26: Brig Mary & Ellen, built at Dorchester, Md., in 1848. When registered at Salem, Mass., on October 27, 1848, her owners of record were John H. Proctor and John H. Eagleston, the latter being the master of the brig. She was the first of nine reported vessels that sailed from an East Coast port for San Francisco in the early days of the Gold Rush. She sailed from Salem on October 28, 1848 for California and the Sandwich Islands, and reached San Francisco March 26, 1849, after a good passage around the Horn of 149 days. She was sold in California in 1849.
  • March 27: Schooner Hannah. Danish. From Mazatlan with 73 passengers.
  • March 27: Schooner Margaret. Hamburg. Rabe master. From Mansaniello with $376,000 in coin supercargo on board.
  • March 31: Schooner Spy. American. Curtis master. From Honolulu in ballast.
  • April 1: Steamship Oregon. American. Captain Pearson. From Panama with 250 passengers.
  • April 2: Bark Ellen of Lancaster. English. Ladge master. From Sydney with 50 passengers.
  • April 2: Bark Asenath. English. Rooney master. From Liverpool via Honolulu. Sundries/Assorted cargo for Starkey, Janion & Co. 35 passengers.
  • April 5: Alta California, April 5, 1849 
     Now landing from bark Asenath, direct from Liverpool, expressly selected for the California markets, and for sale on reasonable terms, by the undersigned:Liverpool and the Irish Famine Migration 1845 to 1855.San Francisco. Dry goods. 31 to 37 inches white sheetings, 7-8 and 9-8 two blue prints, cotton bed ticking, union plain and colored drills, Denims; as'd plain and fig'd summer cloths; 72 and 74 inch green billiard cloths, 9-8 col'd fancy prints, 7-8 cintz furniture, 9-8 col'd muslins, 9-8 plain turkey reds, 7-8 d'laine dresses, woolen cloths, plain and regatta shirts, slops, woolen caps, blankets, bayetas, mottled and fancy drills, fastings, cape do., princettas, imperial crapes, panos de costa, romales, grandrellis, imitation venitian blinds, blue pilots, green baizes, mixed cassinetts, carpetings, fancy union tweeds, a'd fustians, gloves, hosiery, cotton and union fringes, as'd laces, candlewick, silk velvets, silk handkerchiefs, check and book muslins, suspenders, as'd parasols and umbrellas, lute string and satin ribbons, sewing cotton, longcloths, fancy vestings, serges, Hollands, diaper, huckaback cloutings, linens, osnaburgs . . . the list included an extensive amount of hardware such as iron gates, ploughs, sash tools, planes, rules, hooks and hinges, glaziers diamonds, silver pencil cases, percussion caps . . . and Earthenware. Consisting of as'd soup and dinner plates, bowls, jugs, cups and saucers, ewers and basins, dishes, teapots, etc. And Naval stores, groceries, wines, etc. Paints, paint-oil, tar, refined sugar, currants, mustard, pickles, pepper, vinegar, sauces, Sherry and port wine, champagne, claret, Geneva, brandy, rum, ale, pipes, slates, bricks, coal, tobacco . . .
  • April 13: Chilean Brig Talea, Craig, Valparaiso, sundries.
  • April 16: Ship Chateaubriand. French. Eymonee master. 54 days from Valparaiso. Cargo to order. 215 passengers. Alta California, April 24, 1849: NEW GOODS. Per Barque Chateaubriand, from Valparaiso. The undersigned has received by this vessel, a complete assortment of dry goods and liquors; consisting of bordeaux wine in cases, barrels and casks, french beer, cognac and rum in cases, barrels and demijohns, champagne, gin, preserves of all kinds, sherry, rhine, muscatel and spanish wines, arrack, sirups, sugar and flour in bags, nails in barrels, two billiard tables, pans, dutch cheese, coffee in bags, nuts, italian straw hats, rapes, slates and all kinds of fancy goods, by wholesale and retail, at moderate prices by A. HUGUES, PIOCHE & Co., Clay Street
  • April 16: Danish bark Androklos, Smith master. 50 days from Valparaiso. Merchandise to Cross, Hobson & Co. 1 passenger.
  • April 16: American ship Henry Nesmith, Almer master. 150 days from New York, with cargo to Mr. Robinson. 4 passengers.
  • April 17: Brig Paquete de Copiapo. Chilean. Servant master. 53 days from Valparaiso. 77 passengers.
  • April 18: Ship Silvie de Grasse. American. Rider master. 148 days from New York.
  • April 18: Swallow. Young master. 31 days from Mazatlan. 61 passengers.
  • April 18: Currency Lass, McLean master, 21 days from Oahu.
  • April 18: William Hill, McDonald master, 41 days form Sidney. 2 passengers.
  • April 19, 1849: Alta California
  • Vessels in Port

    Am steamship California and Am ship Henry Nesmith; Ch ships Julia and Victoria; French ship Chateaubriand; Dan ship Neptune; Am barks WhitonTasso, Auckland, Undine andHortensia; Eng barks Asneath and Ellen of Lancaster; French bark Staoueli; Dan barksWilhelmina and Androklos; Per bark San Jose; Am brigs Mary and Ellen, Euphenia andHenry; Eng brig Alert; French brig Theresa; Per brigs Volante, Bella Angelita and Eliza; Mex brig Republicana; Dan brig Emil; Ch brigs Adelaide, Beatriz, Emelia, Matilda, Feliz Araucano, and Paquete de Copiapo; Am schr Sagadabock; Haw schr S. S.; Tah schr Anne.

  • April 24: Ship Fanny Forresert, Captain Swetlin. U.S. transport from New York via Valparaiso and Monterey. 100 troops of the 3rd Artillery on board. Stores to quartermaster.
  • April 25: Am. Bark Superior, Leroy master, Cardiff, from Wales, coals.
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Sailing Ship with Cattle on Board
  • May 4: American ship Thomas, Master Payne, Callao, passengers and oil.
  • May 10: French ship Roland, Bajoux master, 55 days from Valparaiso, with cargo to order. 103 passengers.
  • May 11: Tahitia schr. Papeite, Bowls master, 33 days from Honolulu. Merchandise to Starkey, Janion & Co. 68 passengers.
  • May 13: Danish schooner Emmy, Gebhard master, from Hong Kong via Honolulu. 21 days from later place with merchandise to W.S. Neace.
  • May 13: American brig Cyuaga, Sevige master, 28 days from San Blas, with merchandise to A. Robinson. 150 passengers.
  • May 14: Danish ship Adellieid, Jorgenson master. 54 days from Valparaiso. Merchandise to order.
  • May 18: Brig Col. Fremont, 127 days from Baltimore.
  • May 18: Clipper Flying Cloud, 117 days from Philadelphia.
Port of San Francisco during the Gold Rush.
San Francisco Bay during the Gold Rush.
  • June 2: Bark Eliza, 240 tons, built at Salem in 1823 for Joseph and Stephen White (and with Michael Shepard, George and Benjamin A. West, A.S. Perkins, David Moore, Jr., A. and J. Ward. and John Bertram as registered owners in September 1846), sailed from Salem, Mass. for San Francisco, which was the second departure in 1848. She carried a load of gold hunters and their belongings on board and reached San Francisco after a Cape Horn passage of 161 days. Capt. A.S. Perkins, one of the owners, was in command. It is said that the Eliza was the first vessel to reach San Francisco from Salem. As most of the "good runs" from an East Coast port to San Francisco at the time, including departures during the first quarter of 1849, required 200 days or more and as the first nine fast passages averaged 156 days, the runs of the brig Mary & Ellen in 149 days and the old bark Elizain161 days were evidently good performances at the time, especially for vessels of their small size.
  • June 3: Clipper Grey Eagle, 131 days from Baltimore.
  • June 14: Chilean Schooner Manuel de Ferrias, Master Spofford, Valparaiso
  • June 15: Mexican Brig Two Brothers, Edin Master, Mazatlan, Mexico.
  • June 18: English Ship Sophia Magaret, Barret master, N. Holland.
  • June 27: Port Jews 1500s to 1900s.San Francisco. JUST ARRIVED-THE CORREO de COBIJA, direct from Hongkong - with cargo consisting of Superior Chinaware, hats and caps, assorted clothing, mats, large assortment of camphor wood and leather trunks; writing desks, dressing cases, lacquiered and ivory ware; silks in every variety, satin shoes, elegant satin and embroidered crape shawls; choice ribbosn, lenshaws, pongees, bandas, silk and satin vests, velvet coats, oil and rice paper paintings; pistold, stationery, cigar boxes, tea canddies, decanter and ink stands, chess boards, cigars, rattan chairs, Manila cordage, preserved fruits, sweet biscuit; large quantity Tea, and other goods. For sale by STARKEY, JANION & CO. June 27-26tf (from the Alta California, August 23, 1849)
  • June 27: Schooner G.H.Montague, 167 tons, built 1848 in East Haven, Connecticut. Sailed January 23, 1849 from New Haven, Connecticut. Click links for detail. This sailing is considered a Mining Company party.
  • June 27: Schooner Anonyma, 75 tons, built 1847 in Boston, Mass. Sailed from Boston, Mass. on January 17, 1849 under command of Captain Treadwell with three passengers and six crew. Arrived 160 days later via Straits of Magellan, Rio de Janeiro and other ports. She was used as a pilot boat after arrival.
  • June 28: Clipper Architect, 160 days from New Orleans.
  • June 28: Mining Company Schooner Anthem, 173 tons, built 1848 in Stonington, Connecticut. Sailed from New York, New York January 12, 1849 under command of T. Eldridge with 36 passengers and 10 crew. Her passengers were part of a Mining Company. Arrived San Francisco 168 days later via Straits of Magellan.
  • June 29, 1849: Mining Company ship Tarolinta, Captain W.P. Cave. Sailed from New York January 13, 1849; arrival San Francisco June 29, 1849. (Details: Mining Ships).

    Alta California, August 23, 1849

    ROBERT WELLS & CO., at the Russian Store, have just received per ship Tarolinta, the following merhandise, viz: Pongee hdkfs, 30, 32 and 34 inch; damask brocade hdkfs; Indian bordered do; damask crimson do; Belvidere broche and silk shawls; ladies' fancy cravats adn hdkfs; bonnet, cap and taffeta ribbons; embroidered Tarletons; Florences, cherry, scarlet and blue; super black gro de Rhines, 32 inch; Veritas super gro de Rhine cravats, 32, 34, 36, 38 and 40 inch; plaid silks, super quality; barege for dresses; buck gloves; silk scarfs, neck ties, bags, figured silks; super gros de Naples and gros de Suisse; India robber cloth; Turkey red prints. Also a superior assortment of Cigars, consisting of the "India Cazadora," "Antiquedads," "Patrones" and "Alabama" brands. ~ 28tf

  • June 30: American Ship Mentor, Howard master, New London.
  • June 30: American Brig Josephine, Milton master, Boston.
  • July 1: American Ship Tahmaroo, Richardson master, New York, assorted.
  • July 2: American Brig Isabel, Burgess master, New York, assorted goods.
  • July 5: Mining Company ship Leonore, 370 tons, built in 1835 in Newbury, Mass. Sailed February 4, 1849 from Boston, Mass., under command of H.H. Greene, with 100 passengers. Arrived 150 days later via Cape Horn and Valparaiso. Ultimate broken up in Australia.
  • July 7: Ship Albany, 468 tons, built in New York. Master W. Sherman sailed from New York on January 9, 1849 with 66 passengers and 20 crew. They went through the Strait of Magellan, stopped at Valparaiso, and arrived in San Francisco 179 days later.
  • July 18: Bay State and California Mining Company Brig Almena, 175 tons, built 1835 in Scituate, Massachusetts. Sailed from Boston, January 26, 1849 under the command of Captain Lincoln with 35 passengers. She arrived 172 days later after a stop at Valparaiso. She began trading in the Sandwich Islands, and ultimately wrecked.
  • July 20: Mining Company schooner Laura Virginia, 100 tons. Sailed from New York, New York, January 29(?), 1849, under command of Captain Howe, with 26 passengers. Arrived 178 days later via Straits of Magellan and Rio de Janeiro and Valparaiso. Ultimately wrecked on the coastal trade.
  • August: Mining Company schooner Pomona, 76 tons, built 1819, New Bedford, Mass. Sailed from New Bedford, Mass on February 6, 1849 under command of H. Almy with 16 passengers. Arrived in August via the Straits of Magellan. Used in the inland river trade after arrival.
  • August 1: American bark Paoli, 369 tons. Sailed from Baltimore Maryland, January 13, 1849 under command of T. Litton, with 14 passengers and 14 crew. Arrived 200 days later via Cape Horn and Callao. She remained in the Panama trade until wrecked.
  • August 1: Mining Company American brig (also listed in Alta California as a schooner) Sarah McFarlan, 142 tons, built 1848 in Eldon, Maryland. Sailed from New York, January 30, 1849 under command of Captain Richardson with 41 passengers and 10 crew. Arrived 182 days later via Rio de Janeiro and Juan Fernandez. Used in Oregon trade after arrival.
  • August 3: English ship Antelope, 168 days from Liverpool
  • August 3: American schooner Mary Taylor, Hobron, 503 days from N. London
  • August 4: American schooner La Coledad, Vanhouton, 98 days from Panama
  • August 5: American ship Pacific, Tibbetts, 191 days from New York (Editor's Note: Captain Tibbetts was relieved of duty in Rio de Janeiro; Captain George Estabrooks brought the Pacific into San Francisco.)
    Alta California, San Francisco
    Thursday, August 20, 1849
    "Ladies' Bonnets.—Just received per ship Pacific, a few cases silk and Straw Bonnets, from a Broadway fashionable millinery establishment, which will be opened for sale on Friday and Saturday next. Also, a few pieces India dress satins and bonnet ribbons.
    HAZEN & CO.

    Clark's Point, corner Broadway/Battery streets. 34 2 t

  • August 5: The brig Osceola, 264 tons, built 1839 in Philadelphia, PA. Sailed from Philadelphia on January 18, 1849 under command of J. Fairfowl with 65 passengers and 15 crew. One report has her sailing from Philadelphia on January 1, 1849, arriving in San Francisco August 4, 1849. She is listed as a Mining Company ship in one report, but noted as such on others. Arrived in 200 days via Cape Horn, Rio de Janeiro and Talcahuano.
  • August 5: American schooner John Day, from New York
  • August 5: American bark Isabel, Brewer, 179 days from New York
  • August 6: American schooner General Morgan, Falkenbird, 161 days from New York
  • August 6: English brig Spencer, Bell, 105 days from Sydney, N.S.W.
  • August 6: American bg. Geo Emery, Cole, 191 days from New York
  • August 6: American sch J.M. Ryerson, Lee, 152 days from New York
  • August 6: Am. sp Trescott, Mallory, 184 days from Mystic
  • August 6: Am. brig Oniota, Keene, 203 days from Philadelphia
  • August 8: American bk. Patonio, Leeds, 203 days from New York
  • August 8: Mining Company brig Emily Bourne, 131 tons, built 1846 in New Bedford, Mass. Sailed from Salem, Mass. on February 10, 1849 under the command of W.R. Potter, with 20 passengers and 9 crew. Arrived 180 days later via Straits of Magellan via Callao. She was used in coastal trade after arrival.
  • August 8: English bk Chrisna, Spencer, 146 days from Liverpool
  • August 8: Am. sp Panama, Bodfish, 180 days from New York
  • August 9: Am. sp Hopewell, Littlefield, 190 days from Warren
  • August 9: American schooner Gazelle, Carrier, 375 days from New Bedford
  • August 9: Nor. sp Oscar, Lange. 120 days from Rio de Janeiro
  • August 9: Chilean brig Heumul, Captain Chicago. 71 days from Valparaiso
  • August 9: American bark Philip Hone, 291 tons, built 1833 in New York. Sailed January 27, 1849 from New york under command of B. Mitchell with 60 passengers. Arrived 194 days later via Cape Horn and Rio de Janeiro. Used as a storeship after arrival. Passengers upon leaving New York: Mr. Baker; Dr. Benedict; Bunker, F.R., lady and servant; Gleason, Mr.; Goodwin, Edward O.; Gould, Dr.; Graham, Mr.; Kelly, Mr.; Patterson, J.H.; Tuckler, Mr.' and 48 in the second cabin.
  • August 9: Brig Brothers, 216 tons, built 1841 in East Machias, Maine. On February 25, she left New York, New York, under command of Captain C. Soule with 24 passengers and 10 crew. Arrived 165 days later via Cape Horn and Valparaiso. She was used in the coastal trade after arrival
  • August 12: Am ship Brooklyn, 445 tons, built 1824 in Newcastle Maine. Left New York, New York on January 12, 1849 under command of Captain Richardson. Arrived 210 days via Cape Horn, Juan Fernandez, and other ports. The Huntington Library, San Marino, California has a journal by William A. Saxon, from January 12-August 12, 1849, of this voyage from New York, New York to San Francisco, California under the command of Captain Joseph W. Richardson. (HM 17011). Had 164 second cabin and steerage passengers and seven first cabin passengers. Sacon long descriptions of the celebrations of Washington's birthday and the Fourth of July. Stopped at the Island of Juan Fernandez. Note: The Brooklyn, with Captain Richard as master, is also the ship that brought the first group of Mormons by sea to California in 1846
  • August 14: Chilean bf Valparaiso, 73 day from Valparaiso
  • August 16: Peruvian schooner Alanzh, Luna, 64 days from Callao
  • August 16: Ch brig Matadore, Welch, 66 days from Panana
  • August 16: Ch bk Lacae, Wandepi, 121 days from New York
  • August 21: American schooner Petrel, Bumblecomb, 25 days from Hong Kong
  • August 21, Tuesday: American ship Duxberry, Verina, 190 days from Boston, cargo to order. 84 passengers
  • August 22, Wednesday: American bark Kirkland, Phillips, 165 days from Baltimore. Cargo to order. 73 passengers
  • August 22, Wednesday: American ship Helena, Land, 162 days from New York. Cargo to order. 102 passengers
  • August 23, Thursday: Ch brig Imperial, Lorrica, 20 days from Santa Barbara. In ballast
  • August 23: REPORTED Loss OF A CALIFORNIA VESSEL AND MANY LIVES—Letters from Rio Janeiro mention a report, which had reached that place, of the loss of the ship Florida, from New Orleans for California, off the River La Plata. The Florida had two hundred and one passengers, only four of whom are reported to have been saved.—Boston Atlas. 
    The fine clipper bark Mimosa, Capt. Remick, arrived at this port yesterday afternoon, from Rio Grande, April 23. Capt. R. states that he heard a report that a whale ship had been on fire somewhere off the coast, previous to his sailing, but learned no particulars - either as to the name of the vessel, or what damage she sustained. This may have given rise to the report of the loss of the ship Florida from New Orleans for California , and the destruction of a large number of lives. We know of no ship Florida bound to California from this country. -Boston Journal
  • Friday, August 24: American brig O.C. Raymond, Hall, 4 days from Columbia River. Cargo of lumber to S.H. Smith. 8 passengers
  • August 26, Sunday: American ship Florence, 307 tons, built 1831 in Medford, Mass. Sailed from New York December 13, 1848 under command of Captain Bright with 10 passengers and 20 crew via Cape Horn with stops in Valparaiso and Callao. Cargo to supercargo. Used as a storeship after arrival.
  • August 26, Sunday: Ch brig J.R.S., Smith. 59 days from Valparaiso. Cargo to order. 13 passengers
  • August 27: Am bk Express, Lane, 235 days from New York via Valparaiso. Cargo to order. 19 passengers
  • English bark Zealous, Wilson, 165 days from Liverpool. Cargo to Harnden and Co. 24 passengers
  • August 27 En (Lorcha) Sarah, Howard, 74 days from Hong Kong. Cargo to order. 3 passengers
  • August 28: Mining Company Barq Ann, 222 tons, built in 1807 in Braintree, Mass. Sailed from Bristol, Rhode Island on February 18, 1849 under command of William Cobb and with 55 passengers. Arrived 189 days later in San Francisco via Cape Horn and Valparaiso. After arrival she was a Panama ship.
  • August 29: American brig Lady Adams, Butler, 52 days from Callao
  • August 29: Am sp George Washington, Holdridge, 202 days from New York
  • August 29: Am sp Robert Browne, Cameron, 203 days from New York
  • August 29: En bk Louisa, Wilder, 93 days from Sydney
  • August 29: American brig John Petty, Flavel, 228 days from Norfolk
  • August 29: Am sp Anne, Cobb, 189 days from Bristol
  • August 29: Am bk Winthrop, Moore, 172 days from Bristol
  • August 30 English brig Fanny, Leathart, 85 days from Auckland, New Zealand
  • August 30: Am bark Olga, Bull, 43 days from Mazatlan
  • August 30: Am bark Stratford, Coffin, 206 days from New York
  • August 30: N.G. sp Humboldt, Lasso, 101 days from Panama
  • August 30: En brig Rajah, Johnson, 84 days from Sydney
  • September 1: Am bark Drummond, Pierce, 210 days from Boston
  • September 1: Am ship Audley Clark, Dennis, 198 days from Newport
  • September 26: American Bark Algoma, 293 tons, built 1845 in Thomaston, Maine. Sailed from Baltimore, Maryland, March 1, 1849 under the command of Captain Skatts with 56 passengers and 12 crew. Arrived 210 days later after stopping at Callao enroute. She was used in the Panama trade after arrival.
  • September 6: 98 ton American schooner A. Emery, built in Phippsburg, Maine in 1845. Master John Clay. Formed as a mining company, left New York on January 24, 1849. Sailed with 52 passengers via the Straits of Magellan, stopped enroute at Rio de Janeiro, St. Catherine's and Callao. She reached San Francisco in 220 days. She was used as an Inland River trader after arrival.
  • September 7: Am bark Touro, Low, 214 days from New Orleans
  • September 7: Am ship Mariposa, Sanders, 91 days from Hong Kong
  • September 10: Per bg La Union, Roussa, 70 days from Callao
  • September 12: Am schr J.B. Gager, Halsey, 208 days from New York
  • September 12: Am sp Clarissa Perkins, Goodrich, 216 days from New York
  • September 12: Am schr John Allyne, Brownell, 214 days from New York
  • September 12: Am bk Lenark, Woodbury, 212 days from Boston
  • September 12: Han schr Gesine, Harsloop, 164 days from Boston
  • September 13: Am br Isadora, Henry, 165 days from Boston
  • September 13: Ham br Burgomaster, Matthilsen, 42 days from Callao
  • September 13: Am brig Col Taylor, Lovett, 208 days from Boston
  • September 13: Am brig Rising Sun, Hooper, 165 days from New York
  • September 13: Eq schr Two Sisters, Gilman, 130 days from Panama
  • September 13: Am brig Henry Lee, Vail, 206 days from New York
  • September 13: Am brig Mallory, Borden, 189 days from New York
  • September 13: Am sp May Flower, Hicks, 163 days from New Bedford
  • September 14: Fr sp La Meuse, Captain Bruent, 173 days from Havre. This was the first French ship specially outfitted to take Frenchmen to California directly from France in 1849, following a year of political discord in France in 1848, when bloody street fights pitted republicans against royalists. Thousands of Frenchmen were ready to leave the seemingly endless chaos at home and sail for California's gold mines, among them a large contingent of literate, educated men, who had been robbed of their wealth and privilege.
  • September 16: Mining Company ship Henry Astor, 377 tons, built 1820 in New York, New York. Sailed from Nantucket, Mass, March 13, 1849 under command of G.F. Joy with 67 passengers. Arrived 188 days later via Cape Horn. She was used as a storeship after arrival and eventually broken up.
  • September 16: Mining Company ship Loo Choo, 639 tons, built 1840 in Medford, Mass. Sailed March 8, 1849 from New York, New York, under command of D. Cushman, with 139 passengers and 16 crew. Arrived 139 days later via Cape Horn and Valparaiso. The Loo Choo had been to San Francisco in the past. In March of 1849, she was a military transport, and had brought volunteers recruited to "conquer and colonize" the new territory of Yerba Buena, which expected a "large number of whalers in the Bay, and a large increase in population.
  • September 17: Mining Company schooner Ann Sophia, 54 tons, built 1826 in Guilford, Connecticut. Left New Suffolk, New York on December 27, stopped at other American ports, then sailed under command of Captain Tuthill with two passengers. Arrived 276 days later via St. Catherine's and other foreign ports. Went into the Oregon trade after arrival.
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    The Philadelphia and California Mining Company
  • September 17: Mining Company bark Ann Welch, 381 tons, built 1843 in Stonington, Connecticut. Sailed from New York on February 6, 1849 under command of A.S. Rogers with 67 passengers and 12 crew. Arrived 190 days later via St. Catharine's and Valparaiso.
  • September 17: Mining Company Ship Obed Mitchell, 354 tons, built 1837 in Fairhaven, Mass. Sailed from New Bedford, Mass. April 1, 1849 under command of G.L. Cox with 54 passengers. Arrived San Francisco 167 days later via Cape Horn and Valparaiso. She was used in Central America trade after arriving in San Francisco.
  • September 18: Ship Apollo, 412 tons, built 1841 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Sailed from New York, New York on January 17, 1849 under command of Chas. Coffin with 66 passengers and 16 crew. Arrived 245 days later via Cape Horn, Rio de Janeiro, Juan Fernandez. She was used as a storeship after arrival, and turned into the Apollo Saloonat the City's edge.
  • September 18: French Bark Bonne Adela, 238 tons, built in 1843. Sailed from New York, New York February 4, under command of Captain Tezequel, with 72 passengers and 10 crew. Arrived 226 days later via Valparaiso.
  • September 20: Am sp James Munroe, Hamlin, 28 days from Honolulu, cargo to order, 50 passengers.
  • September 21: American sp Morrison, Spalding, 220 days from New York, cargo to order. 100 passengers.
  • September 21: American schr Paragon, Haley, 213 days from Cape Ann, cargo to order. 5 passengers.
  • September 22: Ch sp Ville de Bordeaux, Yates, 88 days from Valparaiso, cargo to Sanchez Brothers. 26 passengers.
  • September 22: Mining Company ship America, 464 tons, built in 1811 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Built 1848 in Baltimore, Maryland. Sailed from New Bedford, Massachusetts on April 1, 1849, under command of Captain Seabury with 75 passengers. After 160 days, and a passage via Cape Horn, with stops at St. Catherine's and Callao, she arrived in San Francisco.
  • September 22: Mining Company ship Andalusia, 772 tons. Sailed from Mystic, Connecticut and Baltimore, Maryland on April 19, 1849 under command of F.W. Wilson and with 106 passengers. She arrived 150 days later via Cape Horn and Valparaiso.
  • Gold Mining in California.
    Gold Mining in California
    September 23: Mining Company Ship Areatus, 490 tons, built 1839. Sailed from Boston, Mass, April 6, 1849, under command of T. Knowles with 139 passengers and 21 crew via Cape Horn, Rio De Janeiro and Valparaiso. She arrived in San Francisco in 170 days.
  • September 23: Hawaiian schr Caroline, Cole, 28 days from Lahaina, cargo to Mukee, Anthon and Co.
  • American schooner Samuel Roberts, Anderson, 246 days from New York, cargo to order. 6 passengers.
  • September 24: Per bark Empress, Duncomb, 66 days from Callao, cargo to order. 128 passengers.
  • September 24: Ch bg Delfin, Mangot, 74 days from Valparaiso, cargo to order. 25 passengers.
  • September 24: Ship Alciope (or Alcope), 377 tons, built 1837 in Salisbury, Massachusetts. Under Master Emerson, she left Boston on April 8, 1849 with one passenger. She stopped at Callao enroute, and arrived in the City 169 days later. After arrival she was used as a storeship.
  • September 25: American bg R. W. Brown, Speed, 210 days from Baltimore, cargo to Shipley & Dix. 18 passengers.
  • October 10: Bk. Clarissa, Babbidge, 207 days from New York. 28 passengers.
  • October 10: Peruv. Bk. Johanna Ameiia, 110 days from Panama. 92 (or 32) passengers.
  • October 11: Am. Bk. Susan Jane, Prior. 183 days from Boston. 12 passengers
  • October 12: Eng. Sch. Star of China, Towker. 105 days from Sydney. 44 passengers
  • October 12: American ship Alhambra, 694 tons, built in 1839, Bristol, Maine. Captain George Coffin. Left New Orleans April 13, 1849, with 93 passengers. Sailed via Cape Horn. Arrived 180 days. She was broken up and used as a store ship after arrival.
  • October 12: Am. ship New Jersey, Boss. 152 days from Boston. 210 passengers
  • October 12: Swed. ship Prince Charles, Tarras. 88 days from Buenos Ayres. 2 passengers.
  • October 12: Am. ship Susan, Lathrop, 151 days from Philadelphia. 191 passengers. (Note:Susan is also listed below as a bark with Captain Lathrop.)
  • October 12: Am. ship Salem, Douglass, 214 days from New York. 103 passengers
  • October 12: Am. ship Mason, Tighman, from Philadelphia. 112 passengers.
  • October 12: Eng. bk. St. George, Herman. 220 days from Plymouth. 66 passengers.
  • October 12: Am. bark Susan, Lathrop. 210 days from New York. 26 passengers. (Note:Susan is listed above as arriving on October 12, Captain Lathrop, form Philadelphia.)
  • October 12: Am. Bk. Tasso, Lindsay, 75 days from Panama. 103 passengers
  • October 12: Am. Bk. Belvidera, 396 tons, built 1815, Baltimore, Maryland. Sailed from New York, New York, March 2, 1849 under command of Captain S. Barney (written as Barry in a second source). 192 days from New York. 80 passengers, 12 crew. Sailed via Cape Horn and Callao. Used as a storeship after arrival.
  • October 12: Chili bk Almendetina, Brown. 72 days from Valparaiso
  • October 12: Peruv. bg Ricardo, Mestra. 60 days from Acapulco. 14 passengers
  • October 12: Rus. bg. Reform, Allendroff, 50 days from Valparaiso. 48 passengers.
  • October 12: Ham bg. Phenix, Myers, 40 days from Guayaquil. 7 passengers.
  • October 12: Am. sch Friendship, Bishop. 210 days from New Orleans, 31 passengers.
  • October 14: English ship Mazeppa, Mc?, from Port Adelaide. 21 passengers.
  • October 14: Eng. bg. Sabina, Ruis, 58 days from Relajo, C.A., 26 passengers.
  • October 15: English ship Amazon, Herbertson from China. 101 passengers
  • October 15: American sch. General Worth, Richardson. 180 days from New York. 20 passengers
  • October 29: American brig Acadian, 157 tons, built in 1836 in Maryland. Master Cunningham. She was hired by a mining company and sailed from Boston on February 5, 1849 with 43 passengers. She sailed via the Strait of Magellan, and after stopping at Rio de Janeiro, arrived in San Francisco 260 days later on October 29, 1849
Placer Times San Francisco Ships in Port November 17, 1849.

  • November 3: Schooner Alfred, 90 tons, built in 1825 in Chatham, Connecticut. Sailed March 11, 1849 from New London, Connecticut, under Master J.L. Harris and with 28 passengers, through the Strait of Magellan, arriving in the City in 210 days. She was used in the Oregon trade after arrival, and ultimately sold abroad.
  • November 3, 1849: English bark Vicar of Bray, Duggin, Valparaiso
  • Daily Alta California, March 11 1850: Cleared March 10, 1850 - English bark Vicar of Bray, Duggan, Valparaiso
  • Daily Alta California, February 27, 1854: IQUIQUE (Peru) and the Neighboring Inlets - At Dec. 31, Fr brqs Arequipa, Pisagua, ldg; Stella, Mejilouses, do; Br brqe Vicar of Bray, Iquique, discg; Annette Gilbert, do do; Pizarro do do . . .
  • November 4: Bark Ann Smith, 214 tons, built 1837 in Newcastle, Maine. Left New Haven, Connecticut on March 26, 1849 under command of W.H. Downs, with 23 passengers. Arrived 214 days later via Valparaiso. She was used in the Oregon trade after arrival.
  • November 13: Mining Company schooner Horace, 53 tons, built 1832 in Kingston, Mass. Sailed from New Bedford, Mass on March 10, 1849 under command of D. Randall, with 21 passengers and 6 crew. Arrived San Francisco 240 days later. She was used in the coastal trade after arrival.
  • November 22: Clipper Thomas Perkins, 124 days from New York.
  • November 22: Mining Company Bark Anna Reynolds, 197 tons, built in 1838 in Lewiston, Delaware. Left New Haven, Connecticut, on March 17, 1849 under command of J. Bottom with 67 passengers. Arrived in San Francisco 250 days later via Cape Horn, Talcahuano and other ports. Traded with the Sandwich Islands after arrival.
  • November 22: Mining Company brig Joseph Butler, 189 tons, built 1847, Craven County, No. Carolina. Sailed from Nantucket, Mass July 1, 1849 under command of F.F. Gardner with 19 passengers. Arrived 132 days later via Valparaiso. She traded with South American until condemned.
  • November 29: FRESH ARRIVALS.—Now landing from ship Francis Ann, from Boston and Valparaiso, 800 bags fresh Chilean flour, in whole and half sacks; 250 superior mattresses; pillows, sheets, pillow-cases, etc., etc., 50 brls best London ale; woolen gloves, children's dresses, etc.; iron bedsteads, scales and weights, boilers, etc.; paper hangings, blank books, beads, etc.; 24 brls lime, brls potatoes, do fresh eggs, 1500 canteens, 20 large tents, etc., also 2 excellent frame homes complete, sizes 23x25, and 15x35 feet, for sale by S. MICKLE & Co., Clay Street Wharf. 
    Alta California,
     November 29, 1849
  • December 1: Mining Company Brig Vesta, 155 tons, built 1826 in Barnstable, Mass. Sailed from Edgartown, Mass, April 10, 1849 under the command of C. Mayhew with 23 passengers. Arrived in 229 days. She was used in the coastal trade after arrival.
  • December 10: American bark Magdala, Mason, 228 days from New York via Callao. 43 passengers
  • December 10: English brig Frederick, Hunt, 81 days from Auckland. 11 passengers
  • December 10: Chilean bark Laura, Incle, 63 days from Talcahuana
  • December 10: Mexican brig Bilampijo, Faboucle, 35 days from Mazatlan. 20 passengers
  • December 10: American brig Thomas P. Hart, Bremayo, 186 days from New Orleans. 15 passengers
  • December 10: American ship Edward, Clark, from New Bedford
  • December 10: English schooner Angenoria, Martin, from Hobart town
  • December 10: American bark J.B. Colley, Smyth, from Norfolk
  • December 11: American ship Angelique, 420 tons, built 1833 in New York. Left New York, May 19, 1849, Captain Windsor (another report names the Captain as Wasson). 30 passengers Arrived 185 days via Cape Horn, St. Catherine's and Valparaiso. To R. Wells & Co.
  • December 11: American sp Probus, DeVerie, 178 days from New York. 32 Passengers. To Turner, Fish & Co.
  • December 11: Sw. brig Experiment, Carlson, 53 days from Valparaiso
  • December 11: Fr. ship Java, Devaulo, 48 days from Valparaiso. 33 passengers
  • December 14: Fr. sp. Ceres, Rey, 248 days from Havre, 98 passengers.
  • December 19: Mining Company barque (also described as a ship in another source)Arkansas, 627 tons, built 1833, in New York, New York. Sailed from New York, June 26, 1849 under command of Captain Shepeard with 126 passengers and 19 crew. Sailed via Cape Horn, Rio de Janeiro and Talcahuano. Later used in Australia as a storeship.
  • December 29: Bark Ann Parry, 348 tons, built 1825 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Left Salem, Mass. June 21, 1849 (a second source cites date of departure as June 20, 1849), under command of William M. Harron with 20 crew. James C. Briggs and William H. Clark of Salem were passengers. Arrived in San Francisco 184 days later via Cape Horn and other cities not noted. She was on the coastal trade until wrecked in December 1860 off Appletree Pt., Washington.
    (January 2009 Note: Shipwrecks of the Pacific Coast, James A. Gibbs, Jr., notes that Ann Perry wrecked 1865 off the Golden Gate. Both spellings are used and; one vessel is noted as a whaling bark, the other as a passenger vessel. We will clear this up as soon as we locate additional information. holds a newspaper article with the "Ann Perry" arriving in Bellingham Bay, Washington, right alongside an essay that spells the bark as "Ann Parry" throughout. explained that the Ann Parry was misspelled for 150 years, beginning with the time it reached the West Coast.
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Heavy Weather and Hard Luck: Portsmouth Goes Whaling
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Kenneth R. Martin.
Devoted to the several voyages of Portsmouth ships, including the Ann Parry, Pocahontas, Sarah Sheafe, Sarah Parker, Triton, Portsmouth, and Neptune. Stories of shipwrecks and captures by South Pacific natives, chance meetings at sea with other Portsmouth vessels, visits to exotic ports, and the financial ruin of the Portsmouth Whaling Company, not to mention the woes of crewmen, some of whom completed a 43-month voyage owing the company for small advances against hoped for profits.

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