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Merchants of Grain.
Merchants of Grain:
The Power and Profits of the Five Giant Companies at the Center of the World's Food Supply
California commerce, ships, shipping lines.
Dan Morgan
Details how a handful of families have controlled the worlds grain trade for centuries. A great piece for families that till the soil, but one that is even more important to the people who live in the city; and have no idea of the power and control that these families wield.
From Captain John R. Sutton: "I am a captain on Mississippi River towboats. I have pushed millions of tons of grain down the Mississippi River for years. But I never really understood the gobal impact of the world's grain company's until I read this book."

Sea Classics: MoviesSea Classics.

Sea Classics: BooksSea Classics.

Merchant MarinesSea Classics.

Sea CaptainsSea Classics.

Sea ChantysSea Classics.

Ships by Philip Wilkinson.
Ships and Sailing

Great Shipwrecks of the Pacific Coast.Shipwrecks of the Pacific Coast.

Shipwrecks of the Pacific CoastSea Classics.
James A. Gibbs

The Graveyard of the Pacific.Shipwrecks of the Pacific Coast.

Graveyard of the Pacific
The Shipwreck Stories from the Depths of History

(Heritage House)

Anthony Dalton

Pacific Coast Shipwrecks.Sea Classics.
The Unforgiving Coast: Maritime Disasters of the Pacific Northwest
Sea Classics.
David Grover

Breverton's Nautical Curiosities.
Breverton's Nautical Curiosities:
A Book of the Sea
Ships, Shipping, Migration, World Seaports.
Terry Breverton

The Clipper Ship Era
An Epitome of Famous American and British Clipper Ships, Their Owners, Builders, Commanders, and Crews, 1843-1869
The Clipper Ship Era.
Arthur Hamilton Clark

Flying Cloud.
Flying Cloud
The True Story of America's Most Famous Clipper Ship and the Woman who Guided Her
Clipper Ship Flying Cloud.
David W. Shaw
Through a study of a record-breaking 89-day voyage from New York to San Francisco, the author recreates life aboard a 19th-century clipper ship. He tells of the role of the ship's navigator, Eleanor Creesy -- who was married to the captain and who helped chart a safe voyage through dangerous seas. Much of this book is based on primary source material: diaries, letters, and ship's logs.

Jews in World Seaports 1500s to 1900s.Sea Classics.

Port Jews

Jewish Communities in Cosmopolitan Maritime Trading Centres, 1550-1950
(Parkes-Wiener Series on
Jewish Studies)
Jewish Communities in Maritime Trading Centers.
David Cesarani, Editor

Kindly

Coming to America.
Coming to America:
A History of Immigration and Ethnicity in American Life
First Immigrants to America.
Roger Daniels

Ships arriving at the Port of San Francisco


Arrivals 1846-1847

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

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1846

September 5, 1846, Californian: Arrivals since hoisting American Flag, July 9, 1846

Port of San Francisco during the Gold Rush.
San Francisco Bay during the Gold Rush.

1847

Reprints available.
Birds Eye of the Village of San Francisco
M & N Hanhart Chromo Lithograph Co

M. & N. Hanhart was a London lithographic publishing house founded by Michael Hanhart (1788 1865) and Nicholas Hanhart. The firm's heyday is considered to have been between 1839 and 1882. They published a wide range of material including book illustrations and lithographic sheet music covers. Their best work was in the field of large chromolithographs. Hanhart used a complex layering of tint stones, to produce work unique in colouration and tonal values.

Sunset over San Francisco's Golden Gate. c 1800s.
Sunset on the Golden Gate, San Francisco

California Star & Californian, December 2, 1848

Our Consuls must be cautioned not to certify to Invoices of Merchandize which, on arrival here, contravene the U. S. Revneue laws. Two instances have occurred this week, of our Collector making seizures, or having it in his power to do so, in consequence of our Consuls not being well advised relative to our Revenue laws. Traders to this port must be more circumspect, particularly not to have their vessels less than thirty tons; not to bring more passengers on their vessels than the law allows, and not to import liquors, wine, ale, and porter, in small packages for as soon as we have the Revenue officers from Washington, who will be on the look out for spoils, any infringement of the laws will be strictly enforced, and appeals to any authority short of the U.S. District Court, or the Secretary of the Treasury will be of no avail. The first U.S. District Attorney and Marshal for this District will have an abundance of business, if parties importing goods here do not inform themselves better in reference to the U. S. Revenue laws.


The Annals of San FranciscoThe Annals of San Francico 1855.
Frank Soule, John H. Gihon, Jim Nisbet. 1855
Written by three journalists who were witnesses to and participants in the extraordinary events they describe. The Annals of San Francisco is both an essential record for historians and a fascinating narrative for general readers. Over 100 historical engravings are included. Partial Contents: Expeditions of Viscaino; Conduct of the Fathers towards the natives; Pious Fund of California; Colonel John C. Fremont; Insurrection of the Californians; Description of the Golden Gate; The Presidio of San Francisco; Removal of the Hudson's Bay Company; Resolutions concerning gambling; General Effects of the Gold Discoveries; Third Great Fire; Immigration diminished; The Chinese in California; Clipper Ships; Increase of population; and Commercial depression.

San Francisco, You're History!
Politicians, Proselytizers, Paramours, and Performers Who Helped Create California's Wildest City
Politicians, Proselytizers, Paramours, Performers.
California Performers.
J. Kingston Pierce
Seattle-based freelance writer Pierce presents a fascinating view of a variety of colorful people and events that have molded the unique environment of San Francisco. He chronicles historical highlights along with a focus on current issues. Pierce touches on the gold rush, earthquakes, and fires and introduces the lives of politicians, millionaires, criminals, and eccentrics. Pierce sparks the imagination in relating the stories of yesterday to today.

When America First Met China:
An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail
When America First Met China.

Eric Jay Dolin
Ancient China collides with America in this epic tale of opium smugglers, sea pirates, and dueling clipper ships. Brilliantly illuminating one of the least-understood areas of American history, best-selling author Eric Jay Dolin traces our relationship with China back to its roots: the nineteenth-century seas that separated a brash, rising naval power from a ancient empire. It is a fable for our time, one that surprisingly continues to shed light on our modern relationship with China. The furious trade in furs, opium, and bêche-de-mer -- a rare sea cucumber delicacy -- might have catalyzed America's emerging economy, but it also sparked an ecological and human rights catastrophe. Peopled with fascinating characters--from Robert Morris: Financier of the American RevolutionRobert Morris, Financier of the American Revolution. to the The Glorious Reign of Emperor Qianlong: Splendors of China's Forbidden City, who considered foreigners inferior beings -- this saga of pirates and politicians, coolies and concubines becomes a must-read for any fan of Nathaniel Philbrick's MayflowerMayflower. or Mark Kurlansky's Cod.Cod, the fish that changd the world. Two maps, 16 pages of color, 83 black-and-white illustrations.

Latin America, World Journeys, Discovery.The Age of Sail.Commodore Levy:
A Novel of Early America in the Age of Sail

(Modern Jewish History)

Irving Litvag
By all accounts, Uriah Phillips Levy, the first Jewish commodore in the U.S. Navy, was both a principled and pugnacious man. On his way to becoming a flag officer, he was subjected to six courts-martial and engaged in a duel, all in response to antisemitic taunts and harassment from his fellow officers. Yet he never lost his love of country or desire to serve in its navy. When the navy tried to boot him out, he took his case to the highest court and won. This richly detailed historical novel closely follows the actual events of Levy’s life: running away from his Philadelphia home to serve as a cabin boy at age ten; his service during the War of 1812 aboard the Argus and internment at the notorious British prison at Dartmoor;  his campaign for the abolition of flogging in the Navy; and his purchase and restoration of Monticello as a tribute to his personal hero, Thomas Jefferson. Set against a broad panorama of U.S. history, Commodore Levy describes the American Jewish community from 1790 to 1860, the beginnings of the U.S. Navy, and the great nautical traditions of the Age of Sail before its surrender to the age of steam.