The Maritime Heritage Project

World Harbors from The Maritime Heritage Project in San Francisco.

The Maritime Heritage Project - 16 Years

Ships, Captains, Merchants, Merchandise, Passengers

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

Along the San Francisco Waterfront in the 1800s.
Along San Francisco's Waterfront

The Project is 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.

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

Seaport News Includes:

NOAA Map of San Francisco Bay.

San Francisco Bay
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Recommended Reading

Ships, Shipping, Migration, World Seaports.
Gold Rush Port
The Maritime Archaeology of San Francisco's Waterfront
Ships, Shipping, Migration, World Seaports.
James P. Delgado

Committee of Vigilance
The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Law and Order Committee, 1916-1919
A Case Study in Official Hysteria
Ships, Shipping, Migration, World Seaports.
Steven C. Levi

Ships, Shipping, Migration, World Seaports.San Francisco Memoirs, 1835-1851 Eyewitness Accounts of the
Birth of a City
Ships, Shipping, Migration, World Seaports.

Malcolm E. Barker


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

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