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Sea Captains: San Francisco 1800s

Captain Lewis Meyer

Sacramento Daily Union, Sacramento, California

Pacific Mail Steamers.

New York. March 3d. The Tribune says the Pacific Railroad party, with Jay Gould at its head, have acquired a controlling interest in the Pacific Mail stock, and the directory of the company will be changed so as to give them a proportionate representation. Huntington, Dillon, Ames and Colton are mentioned as likely to be the representatives as aforesaid. The new programme is circumstantially set forth, and involves immediate increase of freight and passage rates by both lines.

The Occidental and Oriental Steamship Line is left out in the cold apparently. It is stated that the Pacific Mail Company, as a consequence; of the withdrawal of the subsidy of 1872, has notified the Post-office Department at Washington that hereafter, beginning with April 1st, the mail service to Yokohama will be monthly, instead of semi-monthly, as under the old arrangements.

San Francisco Bay. 1899.

Topographic Map. San Francisco Bay. 1899.

Another dispatch says the Agent of the Occidental and Oriental Steamship Company abroad has given notice to the representatives of the company in this city that he has drawn upon them for £10,000 sterling, or $50,000, to meet engagements entered into at the time when the White Star steamers Belgiac, Gaelic and Celtic were chartered. The steamers are expected on. the Pacific soon, when they will ply between China and Japan, acting as feeders to the Pacific Railroad, which has agreed to take the bulk of -the new company's stock.

October 29, 1875

The British steamer Belgiac of O. and O.S.S. Lines arrived this morning twenty-seven days from Hong Kong and 17 days from Yokohama. There were four whites and 326 heathen passengers.

October 2, 1903, Los Angeles Herald, Los Angeles, California

Captain Lewis Meyer Sends a Bullet Into His Brain

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 1. Captain Lewis Meyer, at one time commander of the steamer Belgic, plying between this port and the Orient, and later a bar pilot, was found dead today in the rustic arbor in Golden Gate park with a bullet hole in his right temple. He was sitting on a bench with his head bent forward, and the pistol with which he had shot himself was under the bench on which he was sitting.

Ill-health and despondency are the supposed causes of his suicide.

Captain "Hell Roaring" Mike Healy

Captain Mike Healy.

From American Slave to Arctic Hero
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Dennis L. Noble retired from the U.S. Coast Guard as a senior chief petty officer and is the author of Rescue of the Gale Runner. Truman R. Strobridge's many positions in the federal government included command historian of the joint-service Alaska Command and also the U.S. Army, Alaska, and he has coauthored two books with Noble.

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