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World Harbors and International Migration from The Maritime Heritage Project.

Dear Maritime Heritage Visitors: This season The Project is asking visitors to help keep the site growing. While publications and prints to aid in your research are included (and bring in a few dollars per sale), the director is now "officially" asking if you will kindly donate. If everyone reading this right now gave $5, it would help provide additional names and stories to the more than 100,000 ship passengers arriving in San Francisco during the 1800s. This 18-year-old Project is free and is accessed from every country around the world. The Maritime Heritage Project (,, is basically a one-person operation developed and managed by the now 70-year-old great-great-grandaughter of Captain James H. Blethen, Master Mariner. Costs include equipment, research materials and time. The Maritime Heritage Project is special: it keeps alive our history of shipping, commerce and migration during an era when more people changed locations than in any other century in the history of the world. It is a resource where all can research ancestry and find heretofore "lost" family members at no charge. If you have visited our site and found it of value, kindly take one minute to keep it growing. Thank you very much. ~~ D. A. Blethen Levy


San Francisco News and Stories: 1800s

Review of the Market 1854-1855

Stock Exchange 1849, San Francisco.
San Francisco, July 1849
H.S. Crocker & Co


New York Daily Times, January 11, 1855


Review of the Market

From the San Francisco Shipping List, December 15, 1854

The week which has elapsed since the sailing of the last steamer has been one of very general inactivity in business circles. Everything has been dull, and the aggregate of sales up but a small figure. The demand from the interior continues very light, and the prospects of improvement are much fainter than they appeared a few weeks since. In fact, it is generally conceded that we may now look forward to very quiet times for a considerable time to.orge.

Since our last, a number of vessels, many of them clipper-ships, have reached port, and the accessions to our stock of general merchandise have been large. Had these goods reached us a month ago, all would have been activity and bustle; but as it is, the effect has been rather to depress than stimulate the market, and in the absence of purchasers, the bulk of the cargoes are going into store. A considerable portion of the merchandise.orging to hand, was purchased previous to arrival, and now held for sale but although holders are anxious to place their goods, the (text unintelligible) . . . would have to be made by the importers. The scarcity of money exercises a marked effect on the business.orgmunity, and the tendency of things is undoubtedly towards lower prices.

The character of the news received by the Golden Age, just.orge to hand, will not help at all to mend matters here. Freights have advances fall five cents per food in New york, and the number of vessels laid out for San Francisco has been largely fragmented. The tendency seems to be to (unintelligible) to this port, and we very much fear that all the experience of the past year, with its ruinous losses and unwanted . . . will go for naught in the seemingly legitimate desire to gamble in California ventures. We can only say to parties in the East that they must take the circumstances of their folly, if they pursue any such course. They have been warned again and again on the subject, and if they do r.orgmence the system of last year, the fault lies at their own doors.

Financial Panic of 1873.
Financial Panic of 1873.
Closing the door of the Stock Exchange
September 20, 1873

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