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.
News and quirky stories from San Francisco and other world seaports are added as they are located to illustrate the causes of mass world migration during 19th century. Historical images are included to aid in visualizing the events of the day.
Seaport News Includes:
- Resources, including Lloyd's of London
- San Francisco Ship Arrivals: Selections from 1846 through 1890
- California Pioneers
- California Newspapers
- The Whaler Charles W. Morgan in San Francisco
- Irish Political Prisoners (The Fenian Movement)
- May 1, 1852: Arrival of the SS Winfield Scott
- February 1850: Rents and Real Estate in San Francisco
- Money Matters, 1850
- Buddhist Temple at San Francisco
- Murder in Card Alley: A Fatal Shooting. 1856
- A Passenger's Life at Sea, 1863
- Mormons in San Francisco
- February 15, 1898: The SS Clara Nevada Wrecks
(with a surprising discovery years later)
- An Overview of steamships of the 1800s
- Mapmakers: Aaron Arrowsmith and David H. Burr
- March 15, 1849: The California Gold Song
- The Creesy's and extreme clipper Flying Cloud
- June 1852: The Alleghanians perform at the soon-to-be sold Jenny Lind!
- The Deep Sea Derby of 1853
- April 23, 1855: The Crook Meiggs turns up in Chile!
- Amusements in San Francisco, 1860s
- Captain Edgar Wakeman's Water Police
- Irish Political Prisoners Arrive in San Francisco
- The Letters of Isabella L. Bird, 1875
- Nathaniel Webber: A Man of the Sea (53 page PDF by Gina Simmons)
- Too Much Opium
- San Francisco's First Entertainer: Stephen Massett
- January 10: Whiskey, Gold Dust and Dissipation
- Malta, 1892: Captain Edward L. Wakeman
- Shoemaker Needs Whole Ship
- The Deed for Benicia City from M. G. Vallejo
- Immigrants, 1883
- Highbinder Wars in San Francisco, 1900s