The Maritime Heritage Project

Ship Passengers, San Francisco: 1846-1890

World Harbors and International Migration from The Maritime Heritage Project.

The Maritime Heritage Project.

Under Serious Reconstruction.
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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Early California.
Roaring Camp:
The Social World of the California Gold Rush
Roaring Camp.
Susan Lee Johnson

Up and Down California, William H. Brewer.
Rush for Riches:
Gold Fever and the Making of California

J. S. Holliday

Up and Down California
The Journal of William H. Brewer

Fourth Edition, with Maps
William H. Braewer

Gold Rush California Women of the West.
Daughter of Joy
A Novel of Gold Rush California

(Women of the West)
Gold Rush California Women.
Jo Ann Levy

Mud, Blood and Gold.
Mud, Blood, and GoldSan Francisco 1849.
San Francisco in 1849
Rand Richards

EmbarcaderoSea Adventures 1849.
True Tales of Sea Adventure
1849 to 1906
Richard Dillon

Spars and Rigging.
Spars and Rigging:
From Nautical Routine, 1849

(Dover Maritime)
Spars and Rigging.
John M'Leod Murphy, W. N. Jeffers

Jedediah Smith 1826.
The Southwest Expedition of Jedediah Smith: His Personal Account of the Journey to California, 1826-1827Journey to California 1826.
Jedediah S. Smith


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

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, CaliSan Francisco Bay 1859.