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Ship Captains Moses Thurston Bean

Moses Thurston Bean was a captain of sailing ships, including the Brig Orchilla, also listed as Ochilla.

The Brig Orchilla, from Charleston, South Carolina, arrived September 9, 1850 in San Francisco, California. Passengers included his wife, Elizabeth C. Webb (married in 1847), pregnant with their first child, Charles T. Bean, born July 6, 1850, in Talcahuano, Chile.

"The trip from South Carolina to San Francisco, California was 205 days, the cargo was 170,000 feet of lumber. The other passengers were Miss V. Mercer, Z. Wason, J.D. Walker."

This information provided by Knapp nee Dorsey/Chave/Bean is from their family bible and other sources, including San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists by Louis J. Rasmussen, and theDaily Alta California, Shipping Intelligence, Port of San Francisco, September 9, 1850.

Memoranda - Barque Isabel and BrigAchilles, the latter from South Carolina, sailed from Talcahuana for his port in company with the Selina; barque Ralph Cross and schooner Naomito follow.

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