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Ships, Passengers, Sea Captains, Merchants, Merchandise.


Passenger Lists, news and stories are selected to give a sense of the development of San Francisco, California, during the years following the discovery of gold. News and images from world seaports are included to illustrate mass world migration during 19th century.

The Ship Passengers lists began as part of The Maritime Heritage Project. The project was started in 1998 to honor of sea captains, including the project director's great-great-grandfather James H. Blethen, a Master Mariner based in San Francisco during the 1800s. Ship commanders are committed to protecting shorelines and to safely move merchandise, crops, livestock, and people under unpredictable and often dangerous conditions in vessels of all sizes.

Along with thousands of other commanders, Captain Blethen's ships were crowded with venturists along with every conceivable item newcomers to California would need or desire.

The Project

Ship Passengers, Sea Captains, Maritime Nations, Merchants, Merchandise into San Francisco during the 1800s.



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Sources: As noted on entries and through research centers including National Archives, San Bruno, California; San Francisco Main Library History Collection; Maritime Library, San Francisco, California.

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