The Maritime Heritage Project

Ship Passengers, San Francisco: 1846-1899

World Harbors and International Migration from The Maritime Heritage Project.

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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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The Maritime Heritage Project - 17 Years


Ships, Captains, Merchants, Merchandise, Passengers

The Maritime Heritage Project focus is locating and providing passenger lists of immigrants and opportunists sailing from world seaports into San Francisco Bay during the 1800s.

Along San Francisco's Waterfront

The Project began in honor of sea captains, including 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, 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 gold seekers and venturists for a burgeoning city, along with every conceivable item newcomers to Calfiornia would need or want.

Stories from San Francisco and other world seaports are added as stories are located to illustrate the causes of mass world migration during 19th century. Historical images are included to depict the events of the day.

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Historical map of San Francisco Bay.

1859 Map, Nautical charts, Entrance to San Francisco Bay, CaliforniaSan Francisco Bay 1859.