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The American-Built Clipper Ship, 1850-1856: Characteristics, Construction, and DetailsShips, Shipping, Migration, World Seaports.

Gold Rush Port.San Francisco waterfront commerce, ships, shipping history.
Gold Rush Port:
The Maritime Archaeology of San Francisco's Waterfront
San Francisco waterfront commerce, ships, shipping history.
James P. Delgado
Described as a "forest of masts," San Francisco's Gold Rush waterfront was a floating economy of ships and wharves, where a dazzling array of global goods was traded and transported. Drawing on excavations in buried ships and collapsed buildings from this period, Delgado re-creates San Francisco's unique maritime landscape, shedding new light on the city's remarkable rise from a small village to a boomtown of thousands in the three short years from 1848 to 1851.

A Historical Survey of the Boiler Makers' and Iron and Steel Ship Builders' Society, from August, 1834 to August, 1904San Francisco waterfront commerce, ships, shipping history.
OCR Reprint: Typos, etc.)

San Francisco waterfront commerce, ships, shipping history.
American Merchant Ships
San Francisco waterfront commerce, ships, shipping history.
Frederick C. Matthews

San Francisco waterfront commerce, ships, shipping history.
American Merchant Ships
and Sailors
San Francisco waterfront commerce, ships, shipping history.
Willis John Abbott
(Kindle Edition)

The Old Merchant Marine
A Chronicle of
American Ships and Sailors
San Francisco waterfront commerce, ships, shipping history.

Ralph Delahaye Paine

Ship Construction.San Francisco waterfront commerce, ships, shipping history.
Ship Construction, Sixth EditionSan Francisco waterfront commerce, ships, shipping history.
David J. Eyres
A comprehensive text for students of naval architecture, ship building and construction, and for professional Naval Architects and Marine Engineers as a refresher on developments in ship types, safety and shipyard practices. The book follows the construction of a ship from start to finish. This edition includes a chapter on computer-aided design and manufacture, and the latest international regulations and technological developments.

Ship Modeling from Stem to SternSan Francisco waterfront commerce, ships, shipping history.
Milton Roth

China Tea ClippersChina Tea Clippers.
George Frederick Campbell
The history of the China tea clippers is examined, especially their struggle in the 19th century for economic survival in the face of the steamships. It also details advances made in design, hull construction, rigging, sail plans and deck arrangements.

Under Full Sail
Silent Cinema on the High Seas

Five films that preserve the grandeur and allure of windjammers sailing open waters, photographed in the style of the time.
The Yankee Clipper (1927), produced by Cecil B. DeMille, directed by Rupert Julian, restored to the most complete version available since the films release. Recreates the real-life race from FooChow to Boston for the China tea trade. Filmed at sea for six weeks aboard the 1856 wooden square-rigger Indiana with stars William Boyd, Elinor Fair and Frank Junior Coghlan. Organist Dennis James accompanies the film on a 1928 Wurlitzer pipe organ.
Around the Horn in a Square Rigger (1933). Filmed by noted sailor/author Alan Villiers documenting the record-breaking 83-day voyage of the 1902 barque Parma from Australia to England in the 1933 Grain Race. Music by Eric Beheim.
The Square Rigger (1932), an early sound short filmed as part of Fox's Magic Carpet of Movietone, shows life aboard the schoolship Dar Pomorza, The White Frigate. Built in 1909 as the Prinzess Eitel Friedrich, it was ceded from Germany to France as a prize of World War I, and later donated to the Polish State Maritime School.
Ship Ahoy (1928), a record of the conditions and traditions of the North American lumber trade featuring an unidentified schooner equipped with a fore and aft rig as it transports lumber along the East Coast. Music by Eric Beheim.
The collection is rounded off with a ten-minute sequence from
Down to the Sea in Ships (1922) documenting an authentic whale hunt from the 1878 wooden ship Wanderer out of New Bedford, Massachusetts. The camera-men risk their lives to capture unchanged practices. Music by Dennis James.

A Selection of Books
About Sea Captains

Ships, Shipping, Migration, World Seaports.
Johnson and Nurminen History of Seafaring.History of Seafaring.
The History of Seafaring:
Navigating the World's Oceans
Navigating the World's Oceans.
Donald Johnson and Juha Nurminen

sea captains and ships.
Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Storiessea captains and ships.
Simon Winchester

Annapolis Book of Seamanship.
The Annapolis Book of Seamanship
Fourth Edition
Annapolis Book of Seamanship.
John Rousmaniere
Since the publication of the widely hailed first edition in 1983, The Annapolis Book of Seamanship has set the standard by which other books on sailing are measured. Used throughout America as a textbook in sailing schools and Power Squadrons, this book clearly covers the fundamental and advanced skills of modern sailing. This edition of Annapolis is a major overhaul. Over half the book has been revised; old topics and features have been updated, and many new ones have been introduced. The design has been modernized, and many color illustrations have been added.

sea captains and ships.
Shanghaiing Days: The Thrilling Account of 19th Century Hell-Ships, Bucko Mates and Masters, and Dangerous Ports-Of-Call from San Francisco
Richard H. Dillon
D. Michael Abrashoff

A Sea Captain's Adventures.
Seized: A Sea Captain's Adventures Battling Scoundrels and Pirates While Recovering Stolen Ships in the World's Most Troubled WatersA Sea Captain's Adventures.
Seized takes readers behind the scenes of the multibillion dollar maritime industry, as he recounts his efforts to retrieve freighters and other vessels from New Orleans to the Caribbean, from East Germany to Vladivostak, Russia, and from Greece to Guatemala. He resorts to everything from disco dancing to women of the night to distract the shipyard guards, from bribes to voodoo doctors to divert attention and buy the time he needs to sail a ship out of a foreign port without clearance. Seized is adventure nonfiction at its best.


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

Military Collection

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


Sunset over San Francisco's Golden Gate. c 1800s.
Sunset on the Golden Gate, San Francisco
Reprints of this old sailing ship are available by clicking on the image.
Sailing Ship with Cattle on Board
Port of San Francisco during the Gold Rush.
San Francisco Bay during the Gold Rush.
Placer Times San Francisco Ships in Port November 17, 1849.

Reprints available.
Bird's 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.

Heavy Weather and Hard Luck: Portsmouth Goes Whaling
(Publication Portsmouth Marine Society, No 24)

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.