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Ship Passengers, San Francisco: 1846-1899

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Due to new WWW and Google formatting guidelines, 18 years worth of coding on more than 2,500 entries is being updated, Also, lists of gold seekers, opportunists and immigrants sailing into San Francisco during the 1800s are going on a new site -- Ship Passengers. This may take awhile. Please stopover from time to time. Thank you.

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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."

A Historical Dictionary of the U.S. Merchant Marine and Shipping Industry
Since the Introduction of Steam
Merchant Marine and Shipping History.
Rene De La Pedraja

Bonanzas.Gold Lust and Silver Sharks.
Bonanzas & Borrascas: Gold Lust and Silver Sharks, 1848-1884 (Western Lands and Waters)Gold and Silver Sharks.
Richard E. Lingenfelter

Passages to AmericaPassages to America.

Sea Classics: MoviesSea Classic Movies.

Sea Classics: BooksSea Classic Books.

Merchant MarinesMerchant Marines.

Sea CaptainsSea Captains.

Sea ChantysSea Chantys.

Maritime Archaeology. Great Shipwrecks of the Pacific Coast.
Grest Shipwrecks of the
Pacific Coast

Robert C. Belyk

Sea Classics.
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)
Sea Classics.
Anthony Dalton

Breverton's Nautical Curiosities.
Breverton's Nautical Curiosities:
A Book of the Sea
Nautical Curiosities.
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
(Kindle Edition)

Greyhounds of the Sea: The Story of the American Clipper ShipSan Francisco waterfront commerce, ships, shipping history.
Carl C. Cutler
This is a rare and invaluable book for all who love the sea and ships.

American Clipper Ships, 1833-1858: Adelaide-Lotus, Vol. 1San Francisco waterfront commerce, ships, shipping history.
Octavius T. Howe

The American-Built Clipper Ship, 1850-1856: Characteristics, Construction, and DetailsSan Francisco waterfront commerce, ships, shipping history.
William T. Crothers

Under Full Sail: Silent Cinema on the High Seas
° The Yankee Clipper
° Around the Horn
° The Square Rigger
° Ship Ahoy
° Down to the Sea in Ships)
San Francisco waterfront commerce, ships, shipping history.

DVD bonus features include an audio reminiscence by Frank Junior Coghlan about the filming of The Yankee Clipper. An enclosed booklet includes detailed program notes by film scholar and U.S. Navy marine engineer John E. Stone and an essay about the scoring of The Yankee Clipper by organist Dennis James.

San Francisco waterfront commerce, ships, shipping history.
The Era of the Clipper Ships:
The Legacy of Donald McKay

(Volume 1)
San Francisco waterfront commerce, ships, shipping history.
Donald Gunn Ross III

Kindly Kindly Donate.

Artists of the West

Western ArtWestern Art and Artists.

Ships arriving at the Port of San Francisco

Arrivals 1870s

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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The voyage which terminated a few days since in the safe arrival in this port of the ship Eastern Star, from New York, was a somewhat eventful one When off Rio de Janeiro the vessel's chronometer, the only one on board, broke. Captain A. Curtis, her Commander then made for the shore, and when the line showed fifty fathoms, he continued on his course, keeping an extra sharp look out. The Straits of Le Maire were safely navigated, and that most dreaded of points, the "Horn," was passed only four miles distance. Strong winds, that then set in, blew the ship one hundred miles to the eastward, and the weather all the time had been too thick to permit of taking a lunar observation. When, as he supposed, he was far enough to the westward, the Captain began to make his northerly running, and on the 10th of February sighted the island of Juan Fernandez.

Captain Curtis was then of course aware of his exact position, and from thence he ran by dead reckoning and by lunar observations; and crossing the Equator in 100 degrees he took the N.E. trades in 150 N., and sighted the Farallones within thirty minutes of the time he expected. The Eastern Star is a vessel of magnificent proportions. She brings a general cargo, and is discharging at the Mission street wharf. Too much praise cannot be given to Captain Curtis for bringing his ship safely into port. Many sleepless days and nights must he have passed in navigating the Eastern Star, under the difficulties in which he was placed.



January 10, 1871 San Francisco Chronicle: By the arrival of the Moses Taylor from Honolulu, which connected with the Wonga Wonga from Auckland, we have New Zealand dates to December 7th and from Sydney to November 30th. The following is the list of passengers from Australia and New Zealand: Austrian Field Marshall Lieutenant Baron Jochnus, W.H. Wilson and wife, Thomas Henderson, Jr. Wm. B. Dyson, Dr. Jenkins, Miss Allen, F.L. Castle, Miss Rose Evans, G. Clarement, H.M. Hyndman, Mrs. Barton, A.J. Logan, A. Stevenson, Mail Agent, and twenty others.

News brought in by the Moses Taylor: In native matters though there is no immediate danger of a general rising by the Maoris, there are not wanting signs of uneasiness which bode no good for the peace of the country. On the 27th of last month five natives, adherents of the Maori King, attacked a survey party at work on the boundary of the land confiscated after the war of 1863. Mr. Richard Todd, the chief of the survey party, was killed, and a half caste assistant was severely wounded. The natives surprised the party while they were at breakfast. Warning had been given the day previous, but the Europeans despised it. The cause of the attack is said to be surreptitious prospecting for gold on native land, of which the Maoris are very jealous, coupled with the surveys. Very recently a ch-rebel, Le Kooti, and his compeer, Kereopa, a chief, who killed the Rev. Mr. Volkner, ate his eyes and drank his heart’s blood, having reappeared in the neighborhood of the settlements on the east coast of the Province of Auckland. The settlers are on the qui vive. It is satisfactory to know that so far the Maori King hold aloof from these proceedings.

The Duke of Edinburgh was daily expected to arrive at Auckland from Australia, via New Caledonia, in the Galatea.

The Earl of Pembroke, who was cruising among the South Sea Islands, was wrecked. He was picked up together with the captain and crew by a passing vessel.

January 10, 1878, Daily Alta California, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

Arrival of a Steam Yacht Under the Guatemalan Flag.

The Guatemalan steam yacht Sofia arrived in port yesterday, 60 days from Callao, consigned to Williams, Blanchard & Co. The Sofia is a three-masted, schooner-rigged, steam yacht, of 230 tons, built by White, of Cowes; 185 feet long, 27 feet beam, drawing 16 feet aft and 9 feet forward, built of oak and teak; two passenger cabins, engines 65 horse power, nominal, two-bladed screw that can be unshipped when not in use; crew, 18 all told. The Sofia is owned by a firm of South American contractors, one of whom, Mr. John B. Mulloy, is on board. She is commanded by James H. Barry, from the United States ship Onward. While lying in San Francisco, she will be re-coppered and undergo other necessary repairs, after which she will return to the South Pacific. The Sofia sails under the flag of Guatemala,

February 11, 1879, Daily Alta California


Shipping news from February 11, 1879.

February 20, 1879, Daily Alta California


Along the Wharves February 20, 1879.

August 14, 1879, Daily Alta California

Shipping Intelligence

Shipping Intelligence August 14 1879 DAC.

August 20, 1879, Daily Alta California, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.


Along the Wharves February 20, 1879.