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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."

Sea Classics: MoviesSea Classics.

Sea Classics: BooksSea Classics.

Merchant MarinesSea Classics.

Sea CaptainsSea Classics.

Sea ChantysSea Classics.

Ships by Philip Wilkinson.
Ships and Sailing

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

Military Collection

Ships arriving at the Port of San Francisco



Arrivals 1849

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

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

JANUARY

STARKEY, JANION & CO.
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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

Daily Alta California, August 2, 1849

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

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"Master Under God"

San Francisco.San Francisco.Captains exercised absolute authority at sea and so were dubbed "Master Under God" by early insurance writs, agreements with ship owners and passengers and the Board of Trade.

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, as well as company and flag state policies.

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 ultimate responsibility.

On international voyages, the captain is responsible for satisfying requirements of the local immigration and customs officials.Immigration issues can include situations such as embarking and disembarking passengers, handling crewmembers who desert the ship, making crew-changes in port, and making accommodations for foreign crewmembers.

Customs requirements can include the master providing a cargo declaration, a ship's stores declaration, a declaration of crewmembers' personal effects, crew lists and passenger lists.

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