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Merchants of Grain.
Merchants of Grain:
The Power and Profits of the Five Giant Companies at the Center of the World's Food Supply
California commerce, ships, shipping lines.
Dan Morgan
Details how a handful of families have controlled the worlds grain trade for centuries. A great piece for families that till the soil, but one that is even more important to the people who live in the city; and have no idea of the power and control that these families wield.
From Captain John R. Sutton: "I am a captain on Mississippi River towboats. I have pushed millions of tons of grain down the Mississippi River for years. But I never really understood the gobal impact of the world's grain company's until I read this book."

Great Shipwrecks of the Pacific Coast.Shipwrecks of the Pacific Coast.

Shipwrecks of the Pacific CoastSea Classics.
James A. Gibbs

The Graveyard of the Pacific.Shipwrecks of the Pacific Coast.

Graveyard of the Pacific
The Shipwreck Stories from the Depths of History

(Heritage House)

Anthony Dalton

Pacific Coast Shipwrecks.Sea Classics.
The Unforgiving Coast: Maritime Disasters of the Pacific Northwest
Sea Classics.
David Grover

Breverton's Nautical Curiosities.
Breverton's Nautical Curiosities:
A Book of the Sea
Ships, Shipping, Migration, World Seaports.
Terry Breverton

The Clipper Ship Era
An Epitome of Famous American and British Clipper Ships, Their Owners, Builders, Commanders, and Crews, 1843-1869
The Clipper Ship Era.
Arthur Hamilton Clark

Flying Cloud.
Flying Cloud
The True Story of America's Most Famous Clipper Ship and the Woman who Guided Her
Clipper Ship Flying Cloud.
David W. Shaw
Through a study of a record-breaking 89-day voyage from New York to San Francisco, the author recreates life aboard a 19th-century clipper ship. He tells of the role of the ship's navigator, Eleanor Creesy -- who was married to the captain and who helped chart a safe voyage through dangerous seas. Much of this book is based on primary source material: diaries, letters, and ship's logs.

Kindly

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

Ships arriving at the Port of San Francisco


Arrivals 1849

Please note: Generally, these merchant ship arrivals are included to give an idea of the volume and type of goods into early San Francisco. If you had the money during the 1800s, you could have anything your heart desired. Listings are by no means complete; names of passengers on these vessels are often unavailable.
Click here for lists of passengers arriving on passenger ships.

° 1846-1847 ° 1848 ° 1849 ° 1850 ° 1851 ° 1852 ° 1853 ° 1854 ° 1855
° 1856 ° 1858 ° 1860-1862 ° 1863 ° 1864 ° 1868 ° 1870s ° 1880s ° 1890s

JANUARY

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Chinese Immigrants and Gold Miners
San Francisco, 1849

FEBRUARY

Port of San Francisco during the Gold Rush.
San Francisco Bay during the Gold Rush.

MARCH

Sunset over San Francisco's Golden Gate. c 1800s.
Sunset on the Golden Gate, San Francisco

APRIL

Reprints of this old sailing ship are available by clicking on the image.
Sailing Ship with Cattle on Board

MAY

JUNE

Ships arrived at the Port of San Francisco 1849.

JULY

AUGUST

August 2, 1849, Daily Alta California

The Emigration

There have arrived by sea at this port, as appears by the records in the office of Edward A. King, Harbor Master, during the month of July, three thousand six hundred and fourteen persons, as follows:

From Males Females Total
Beverly 7 0 7
Boston 922 4 926
New York 961 9 976
Panama 812 20 832
Mazatlan 244 4 248
Valparaiso 207 3 210
Callao 29 1 30
Honolulu 29 4 33
Rio de Janeiro 15 2 17
Sag Harbor 4 0 4
New London 39 0 39
New Bedford 57 0 57
China 8 1 9
Newburyport 47 0 47
Oregon 14 1 15
Central America 36 0 36
Belfast (Maine) 50 0 50
Baltimore 78 0 78
Totals 3,565 49 3,614

About 3,000 of these arrivals are Americans.

SEPTEMBER

OCTOBER

Placer Times San Francisco Ships in Port November 17, 1849.

NOVEMBER

DECEMBER

Reprints available.
Birds Eye of the Village of San Francisco
M & N Hanhart Chromo Lithograph Co

M. & N. Hanhart was a London lithographic publishing house founded by Michael Hanhart (1788 1865) and Nicholas Hanhart. The firm's heyday is considered to have been between 1839 and 1882. They published a wide range of material including book illustrations and lithographic sheet music covers. Their best work was in the field of large chromolithographs. Hanhart used a complex layering of tint stones, to produce work unique in colouration and tonal values.

Heavy Weather and Hard Luck: Portsmouth Goes Whaling
(Portsmouth Marine Society, No 24.
includes the Portsmouth whaling vessel Ann Parry)

Kenneth R. Martin