Sea Captains: San Francisco 1800s
Thomas Huntington began life as a clerk in a dry goods store in New York.
He first went to sea in a voyage from New York to Rio in 1843 as a sailor in Howell & Aspinwall's line. In 1844, he shipped from New York on a four years' cruise to China, Peru, Mexico and the Sandwich Islands. On his return, he went to Antwerp as mate on an American Ship.
In 1848, he shipped as third officer on the steamship Oregon, which sailed from New York on December 13, 1848 under the command of Captain Pearson, and arrived in San Francisco Bay in April 1, 1849. Huntington went to the mines, where he worked for three months, then returned to San Francisco to begin running supplies on the Sacramento River.
In 1850, he made a few trips to Panama on the old steamship Isthmus, but left her to go as mate on the river steamer Jenny Lind with his cousin, Captain Peter LeFevre. LeFevre is noted at the Commander of the Jenny Lind in the February 20, 1851, Sacrameno Transcript, followed by:
October 8, 1851, November 7, 1851, December 3, 1851, Daily Alta California, San Francisco
River and Harbor Boats Leaving Today: Jenny Lind, Huntington . . . 4 p.m., Central Wharf, Stockton
February 18, 1852, Daily Alta California, San Francisco
River and Harbor Boats Leaving Today Jenny Lind, Huntington . . . 4 p.m., Pacific Wharf, Upper Sacramento
In 1853, he was mate on the Pacific with Captain Blethen, and in 1854, Captain Huntington joined the Sierra Nevada. After a trip to the East Coast in 1855, he returned in 1856 to sail on the Brother Jonathan and then took command of the Sierra Nevada. He left her to take command of the Surprise, which he ran on the Fraser River.
Captain Huntington then took command of another fine steamer the Sea Bird and was sent to Puget Sound on a reconnoitering voyage, returning to San Francisco in the fall, first calling at Portland on the down passage.
A Genealogical Memoir of the Huntington Family in This Country: Embracing All the Known Descendants of Simon and Margaret Huntington, Who Have Retained the Family Name
(Primary Source Edition)
Elijah Baldwin Huntington
This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923; it may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. The book is considered to be culturally important, and despite the imperfections, they have elected to bring it back into print.
The Authority to Sail: The History of U.S. Maritime Licenses and Seamen's Papers
Robert Stanley Bates, George Marsh (Editor), John F. Whiteley (Forward)
(Batek Marine Publishing, 2011; Nominated in 2012 for a Pulitzer Prize)
This book depicts important aspects of our maritime history never before addressed. This synthesis of key elements of our rich maritime history might never have occurred without the many years of original research done by the author, Commodore Bates, the holder of an unlimited master's license who has enjoyed a distinguished fifty-year career in both the Coast Guard and the American Merchant Marine.
Before the Wind: The Memoir of an American Sea Captain, 1808-1833
Tyng (1801-1879), who rose from cabin boy to captain and prosperous merchant, wrote this account of his early sailing days in later life. In 1996, this memoir was found by his great-great-granddaughter, Susan Fels, who edited the 419-page handwritten manuscript. An unruly boy sent to live in various homes by his rather forbidding father, Tyng first shipped on a merchant vessel at the age of 13. He hated it. But he loved his second voyage and soon became one of the youngest captains in the American merchant fleet. As Tyng tells of voyages around the world carrying cargoes of bullion, tea, linseed oil, molasses and other items to Holland, China, Cuba and other destinations, he writes with understatement, modesty and a deadpan humor that might or might not be intentional.
Tales of the Seven Seas:
The Escapades of Captain Dynamite Johnny O'Brien
Dennis M. Powers
Captain Dynamite Johnny O'Brien sailed the seven seas for over sixty years, starting in the late 1860s in India and ending in 1930 on the U.S. West Coast. He sailed every type of ship imaginable, but this book is more than the story of Captain O'Brien's incredible feats. Tales of the Seven Seas is about sailing where danger and adventure coexists on a daily basis. Smell the salt in the air and hear the ocean's rush as a ship plows its way through heavy seas with hardened men, leaking seams, and shrieking winds. These true stories are about tough times and courageous men in distant places, from the Hawaiian Islands to the Bering Sea, from the waning days of sail to the age of steamships.
The Life and Times of Georgetown Sea Captain Abram Jones Slocum, 1861-1914
Born at sea on his father's whaling ship in 1861, Captain Slocum learned the seafaring life in New Bedford, Massachusetts as part of the last generation of iron men aboard commercial wooden sailing ships in the Atlantic. His voyages often took him around Cape Hatteras to Georgetown, South Carolina, to load lumber bound for northern cities. He sailed in all seasons, through storms and hurricanes, for twenty years as captain of two schooners, the Warren B. Potter and the City of Georgetown. He was respected in Georgetown, where he wooed his wife. His ship sank in a collision with an ocean liner in 1913, but he survived, only to be lost at sea a year later as captain of another schooner.
The Sea Chart: The Illustrated History of Nautical Maps and Navigational Charts
The sea chart was one of the key tools by which ships of trade, transport and conquest navigated their course across the oceans. John Blake looks at the history and development of the chart and the related nautical map, in both scientific and aesthetic terms, as a means of safe and accurate seaborne navigation. This handsome work contains 150 color illustrations including the earliest charts of the Mediterranean made by thirteenth-century Italian merchant adventurers, as well as eighteenth-century charts that became strategic naval and commercial requirements and led to Cook's voyages in the Pacific, the search for the Northwest Passage, and races to the Arctic and Antarctic.
The Rebel Raiders
The Astonishing History of the Confederacy's Secret Navy
James T. deKay
During its construction in Liverpool, the ship was known as Number 290. When it was finally unleashed as the CSS Alabama, the Confederate gunship triggered the last great military campaign of the Civil War; yet another infamous example of British political treachery; and the largest retribution settlement ever negotiated by an international tribunal: $15,500,000 in gold paid by Britain to the United States. This riveting true story of the Anglo-Confederate alliance that led to the creation of a Southern navy illuminates the dramatic and crucial global impact of the American Civil War. Like most things in the War between the States, it started over cotton: Lincoln's naval blockade prevented the South from exporting their prize commodity to England. In response, the Confederacy came up with a plan to divert the North's vessels and open the waterways, a plan that would mean covertly building a navy in Britain with a cast of clandestine characters.
The History of Seafaring: Navigating the World's Oceans
Donald Johnson and Juha Nurminen
Royal prestige, intellectual curiosity, and territorial expansion all propelled mankind to undertake perilous voyages across unpredictable oceans. This large and lavishly illustrated volume brings that history to life. From the early Phoenician navigation techniques to the technologies behind today's mega-ships, the greatest advances in shipbuilding are covered, accompanied by hundreds of images, with an in-depth look at navigational instruments (including those used by the Vikings).