Sea Captains: San Francisco 1800s

Captain Veltman

August 23, 1849, Weekly Alta California, San Francisco, California

Marine Journal. Port of San Francisco. Just Arrrived.

Sunday, August 19, Dutch bark Sumatra, Veetman (cq), 67 days from Hong Kong. Cargo to order. 2 passengers.

Batavia. Scott Merrillees.

Just arrived, Ex Sumatra, from Batavia, 5-4, 6-4 and 7--4 Maddapollams, Turkey red cloth, 6-4 blue Salempores, Camlets, Nikanias, ready made clothing, woolen blankets, blue cloth, boots, patjols, rattans, Banca tin in blocks, salt pork, hams, butter in small kegs, sugar, coffee, rice, claret, gin, brandy, liquors, for sale; apply to Capt. Veltman or H. T. Van Hoover, at Ward & Co's, Montgomery steet.

Thursday, August 30, 1849, Alta California, San Francisco

Just Arrived, Ex Sumatra, from Batavia, 5-4, 6-4 and 7-4 Maddapollams, Turkey red cloth, 6-4 blue Salempores, Camlets, Nikanias, ready made clothing, woolen blankets, blue cloth, shoes, boots, patjls, rattans, Banca tin in blocks, salt port, hams, butter in small kegs, sugar, coffee, rice, claret, gin, brandy, liquors, for sale; apply to Capt. Veltman or H. T. Van Hoover, at Ward & Co's. Montgomgery street.


April 18, 1850, Daily Alta California, San Francisco

Dutch ship Sumatra arrived at Hongkong December 14th

Batavia. 1844.
Batavia, Indonesia. 1844.
Batavia, Indonesia. 1888.
Map of Batavia. 1885.
Map of Batavia. 1885
Sea Routes to Batavia.

Rounding the Horn.New York to Cape Horn to San Francisco.
Rounding the Horn: Being the Story of Williwaws and Windjammers, Drake, Darwin, Murdered Missionaries and Naked Natives--a Deck's-eye View of Cape HornNew York to Cape Horn to San Francisco.
Dallas Murphy
Fifty-five degrees 59 minutes South by 67 degrees 16 minutes West: Cape Horn—a buttressed pyramid of crumbly rock situated at the very bottom of South America—is a place of forlorn and foreboding beauty that has captured the dark imaginations of explorers and writers from Francis Drake to Joseph Conrad. For centuries, the small stretch of water between Cape Horn and the Antarctic Peninsula was the only gateway between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It’s a place where the storms are bigger, the winds stronger, and the seas rougher than anywhere else on earth. In Rounding the Horn the author brings the reader along for a thrilling, exuberant tour. Weaving together stories of his own nautical adventures with long-lost tales of those who braved the Cape before him—from Spanish missionaries to Captain Cook—and interspersing them with breathtaking descriptions of the surrounding wilderness,

Around Cape Horn Sailing DVD. New York to Cape Horn to San Francisco.
Around Cape Horn: Capt. Irving Johnson Sailing DVDNew York to Cape Horn to San Francisco.
Few will ever experience such adverse conditions especially considering 1920's square rigger design, the technology and lack of meteorology available to assist the crews manage four masted ships with huge sail plans. Along with the challenging seas, this highly-regarded film was shot when cameras were bulky. Captain Irving is engaging. Actors were not used. This is real footage with real people.

The Authority to Sail.The Authority to Sail: The History of U.S. Maritime Licenses and Seamen's PapersThe Authority to Sail.
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 as a result 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.

The U.S. Coast Guard issues all Captain Licenses for U.S. Ports.
Note: Other countries have different regulations, i.e. the RYA (Royal Yachting Association), conducts certification for Britain and Ireland. As of 2011, they did not recognize the USCG certification; certification through their courses was required.

Master Unlimited is a licensed mariner in ultimate command of a vessel any gross tons. The captain is responsible for its safe and efficient operation, including cargo operations, navigation, crew management and ensuring that the vessel complies with local and international laws. All persons on board, including officers and crew, other shipboard staff members, passengers, guests and pilots, are under the captain's authority and are his or her ultimate responsibility. The STCW defines the Master as Person having command of the ship.

Merchant Marine License - Sample.

The Sea Chart
The Illustrated History of Nautical Maps and Navigational ChartsThe Sea Chart.
The Sea Chart.The Sea Chart.
John Blake
The sea chart was one of the key tools by which ships of trade, transport and conquest navigated their course across the oceans. Herein is a 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. 150 color illustrations including the earliest charts of the Mediterranean made by 13th-century Italian merchant adventurers, as well as 18th-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.

Get Your Captain's License. Fifth Edition Get Your Captain's License. Fifth Edition. Charlie  Wing.
Charlie Wing
Considered the quickest, easiest, and least expensive way to prepare for the U.S. Coast Guard captain's ratings exams required for anyone who takes paying passengers on a boat, and useful for serious boaters who want to save money on insurance. 350 pages of seamanship and navigation tutorials. More than 1,500 questions and answers from the Coast Guard exams. Includes an interactive CD-ROM with all 14,000 questions and answers in the USCG database, so you can take an unlimited number of practice exams

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