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World Harbors from The Maritime Heritage Project in San Francisco.

Ship Passengers arriving at the Port of San Francisco



(The) Alleghanians: Monumental City, May 17, 1852
Arrowsmiths, Cartographers
William H. Aspinwall: 1855
Atwill & Co.

Charles L. Bache
Mr. Lewis Baker and Mrs. Alexina Fisher Baker: SS Pacific, February 5, 1852
The Batemen Children: SS. John L. Stephens, April 4, 1854
John B. Barrett, Editor, San Francisco Examiner
Ernest Bazin
Lieut. E. F. Beale
Bell and Norris
Albert Bierstadt
Isabella L. Bird
Madame Biscaccianti
Madam Anna Bishop, Brother Jonathan, February 2, 1854
Alma Blethen (Daughter of Captain James H. Blethen; Wife of Dr. Edward George)
Blethens in San Francisco during the 1800s
George Boole, Ship Owner, Ship Builder
Samuel Brannan: Brooklyn, July 31, 1846
William H. Brewer, in California 1860-1864
Isambard Kingdom Brunel
R. R. Buckelew, Californian Editor
Bummer and Lazarus
Charles Burke, Comedian: Brother Jonathan, March 26, 1854
David H. Burr, Cartographer
Sir Richard Burton

Charles Crocker and Chinese workers building the railroad.
Charles Crocker building the Railroad
with Chinese workers.


California Pioneers (The Society of)
E. P. Christy and his celebrated band of Minstrels, SS Golden Age, October 16, 1854
Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain)
Cochituate Mining Co., Civilian, April 5, 1850
J.H. Coghill, Esq.
James Mudge Cole
Henry Comstock
William Copeland (Johan Martinius Thoresen)
William A. Coulter, 1949-1936
Charles Crocker
Patrick Crowley
J. M. Cunard: Barque Canton, July 28, 1851

Richard Henry Dana
Davis & Jordan
DeWitt and Harrison
The DeYoungs
George W. Dickie
Peter Donahue, Donohue's Iron Foundry
The Drumm of Drumm Street
"Lord" Darrell Duppa
Dupuy, Foulkes & Co., Wine Merchants from Germany: July 10 from Hamburg on the Brig Johanna Cristophe

William M. Eddy: US Oregon, June 13, 1849

Charles Snowden Fairfax
Capt Farragut, U.S.N.: SS Cortes, September 14, 1854
Bernardo Fernandez
John C. Fremont

John W. Geary: SS Oregon, April 1, 1849
Ghirardelli (The Chocolate Family)
E. Goddard
George Gordon, October 1849
George W. Gore
Gray's Harbor Commercial
Richard Graham, 1849

Richard Hakluyt
Agaston Haraszthy: 1856
Stephen R. Harris, M.D.: SS Panama, June 6, 1849
DeWitt and Harrison
Wiska Hauser: SS Brother Jonathan, February 2, 1853
Alexander Hay, Shipbuilder
Truman Head (California Joe)
George Hearst, 1850s
Sigismund Herrman, German Benevolent Society
Ben Holladay, West Coast shipping magnate
Moses and Mark Hopkins: SS Columbus, May 23, 1851
James M. Hutchings, "Hutchings California Magazine"
The Rich Men of San Francisco. Daily Alta California. 1865.
Theodore D. Judah: SS Pacific, May 4, 1854

Hawaiian Princes Kamehameha and Lehiliho: SS California, August 23, 1850
Thomas Keane
Denis Kearney

Thomas O. Larkin: Newcastle, April 1832
Madame Laurustinus
Mr. Lavenu: SS Brother Jonathan, September 20, 1853
William Alexander Leidesdorff
Frank Leslie's Illlustrated Newspapers
James Lick, Lick Observatory
Jose Yves Limantour
Capt. Francis J. Lippitt
J.M. Litchfield
Charles B. Loomis (and H. Loomis)
Charles Lux, Cattle Baron

The Marsh Troupe
Stephen Massett 1849
Thomas McCarty: 1852
Donald McKay
Henry Meiggs: Albany, January 11,1849
Samuel Merritt
Liet. W. Michler, U. S. A. SS Golden Age, October 16, 1854
Henry Miller, Cattle King
Lola Montez: 1853
Mormon Island Mining Association
Eadweard Muybridge

Charles Christian Nahl: 1851
The Newhalls: C. Newhall arrived on the S.S. Tennessee on April 14, 1850
Jonathan Nichols: Eliza, 1848
Charles Nordhoff: 1830-1901
Bell and Norris
Joshua "Emperor" Norton I

Theodore Payne: SS Panama, 1849
Archibald C. Peachy, Esq.
George Perkins, Goodall & Perkins
Madame Pfeiffer
The Phelans
Parley P. Pratt, Orion, 1822
General William H. Pratt, California, 1849


Mr. Ralston Agent, Independent Opposition Line
William A. Richardson, Orion, August 1822
Caroline Richings
James Roberts, Prospector
James (Sunny Jim) Rolph, 1869-1934
Francis Hanford Russel, Brig Osceola, August 4, 1849

Tom Sawyer
Mrs. Catherine Sinclair
John Sinclair
J. Smith
Jedediah Smith
Joseph F. Smith, Missionary
John D. Spreckels, 1853-1926
Leland Stanford: July 12, 1852, SS Independence from San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Stone Family, Shipbuiders: William Irving Stone, Frank Stone, Lester Stone
Maurice Strakosch: July 1, 1854, celebrated pianist arrives on SS John L. Stephens
L. Strauss (Levi Strauss): March 6, 1853, S.S. Tennessee, which sunk off the heads, but all passengers safely arrived in San Francisco
Adolph Heinrich Joseph Sutro (1830-1898)
John Augustus Sutter

W. H. Talbot
C. A. Thayer: SS California July 7, 1853
The Tobins: Richard Tobin, 1849 from Valparaiso; J. W. and W. Tobin, SS Tennessee, April 14, 1850; Mrs. A. J. Tobin, SS Panama, September 22, 1850; J. M. Tobin 1853; J. Tobin 1854
Leon Trousset, Artist
John H. Turney
Mark Twain

General M. G. Vallejo
The Vigilance Committee

William H. Webb, Ship Builder
Raphael Weill
Captain Whiting, Engineer, Fort Point, 1853
Frederick Whymper
Dr. F. P. Wierzbicki (and his "Advice to the Miner")
James R. Willoughby, on wrecked ship Independence, February 1853


Marquis Field Marshal Yamagata
Alexandre Zins, Artist

Recommended Reading

If you cannot find recommended books locally, consider the links provided to or AbeBooks
both of which have proven to be reliable on service and delivery.

Ho for California! Women's Overland Diaries from the Huntington Library
(Huntington Library Classics)
Women's Overland Journeys to California.

Blacks in Gold Rush California
(Lamar Series in Western History)
Blacks in Gold Rush California.
Rudolph M. LappBlacks in Gold Rush California.Blacks in Gold Rush California.
By 1860, twelve years after the discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill, more than five thousand American blacks had made the difficult trek to California in search of quick wealth. This study tells their story through primary source materials.

The Making of "Mammy Pleasant"
A Black Entrepreneur in Nineteenth-Century San Francisco
San Francisco's Mammy Pleasant.
Lynn M. Hudson

United States Jewry, 1776-1985
Vol I - Sephardic Period
SUnited States Jewry. 1776-1985.
Jacob Rader Marcus

Jewish Voices of the California Gold Rush
A Documentary History, 1849-1880

(American Jewish Civilization Series)
Jewish Voices in San Francisco. 1849-1880.
Ava F. KahnJewish Voices of the California Gold Rush.Ships, Shipping, Migration, World Seaports.
In 1848, news of the California Gold Rush swept the world. Aspiring miners, merchants, and entrepreneurs flooded California looking for gold. The cry of instant wealth was also heard and answered by Jewish communities in Europe and the eastern United States. While all Jewish immigrants arriving in the mid-nineteenth century were looking for religious freedoms and economic stability, there were preexisting Jewish social and religious structures on the East Coast. California's Jewish immigrants become founders of their own social, cultural, and religious institutions.

Italy on the Pacific: San Francisco's Italian Americans
Italian American Studies)
Italy on the Pacific.
Sebastian Fichera

The Course of Exclusion, 1882-1924
San Francisco Newspaper Coverage of the Chinese and Japanese in the United States
Exclusion in the United States 1882-1924.
Jules Becker

The Making of the West
A Concise History, Volume I: Peoples and Cultures

Lynn Hunt
Early California.A story of interactions — cross-cultural exchanges that span the globe, as well as the ongoing interactions between societies, cultures, governments, economies, religions, and ideas. To highlight these interactions and help grasp the vital connections between political, social, and cultural events, the book presents a comprehensive picture of each historical era within a brief chronological narrative. The book also situates Europe within a global context, facilitating understanding of the events that have shaped our own times.

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Recommended Reading

The Barbary Coast by Herbert Asbury.
The Barbary Coast: An Informal History of the San Francisco Underworld
The Barbary Coast.
Herbert Asbury
Asbury's history of the Barbary Coast properly begins with the gold rush to California in 1849.

Port O' Gold A History-Romance of the San Francisco ArgonautsShips, Shipping, Migration, World Seaports.
Louis J. Stellman
After briefly trying pharmacy, then telegraphy, Stellman settled down at the turn of the century as a Los Angeles newspaperman. In 1902 he moved to San Francisco and worked as a reporter, then an editor, for the News. He later became an editorial and feature writer for the Bulletin. He wrote books and articles on the side and became a serious photographer. Port O' Gold is the story of San Francisco, a history with a fiction thread to string its episodes upon.

Ships, Shipping, Migration, World Seaports.
Captain James H. Blethen,
Master Mariner

(The Maritime Heritage Project)
San Francisco History.

Historic San Francisco by Rand Richards.San Francisco History Books

San Francisco History.

Ancient America.
The Lost Colonies of Ancient AmericaLost Colonies of Ancient America.
A Comprehensive Guide to the Pre-Columbian Visitors Who Really Discovered America
Frank Joseph
"A delineation of foreign cultures with the Americas which transcends mere coincidence. The work documents connections to Sumerians, Egyptians, Minoans, Romans, Kelts, Hebrews, Chinese, Japanese, Africans, Southeast Asians, Norsepeoples, Knights Templar and Christians." -- Dr. Joseph S. Maresca
"Frank Joseph's decades of research and exploration has uncovered evidence that rewrites history books. A vital reference for anyone seeking knowledge of America's forgotten past." --David Jones, editor, New Dawn Magazine

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