International Audience

Preserving San Francisco Seaport History

For 18 years, The Maritime Heritage project has focused on providing lists of passengers sailing into San Francisco during the years beginning with the Gold Rush of 1849.

The site is listed on major search engines around the world, including maritime museum sites, shipping lines such as American President Lines, and merchant marine sites.

Beginning July, 2015, the Maritime Heritage Project is being rebuilt to conform to new WWW standards; during the transition pages are housed on

The site is used for reference and training by the San Francisco Maritime Museum and J. Porter Shaw Maritime Library in San Francisco. It is highly recommended to researchers by The San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch.

422 Linking Sites
Inquiries arrive daily from around the globe

Wikipedia (from multiple pages); Yahoo Answers;; California State Library; Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley;آ The Boston Herald; Refertus (history site);, SF Genealogy, American Merchant Marine, Central Pacific Railroad, various Maritime Museums, University of Victoria (B.C.) Humanities Media Centre, various school districts,, World News Network (, PBS (Public Broadcasting System), libraries and virtual libraries, LearnOutLoud (audio books),, Cyndi s List of Genealogy Sites, Museums on line, ItaliaMaritime, SailBlogs, Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild, Antique Maps, California Wreck Divers,, Sailor's Choice (history), Explore North (whalers), Boating SF, Spain's Fundaction Nao Victoria, all search engines, etc.

Site Statistics

Various sources including Google Analytics, Urchin, Please keep in mind that this is a one person project; these statistics were achieved through 18 years of focus.

Maritime Heritage Project Global Ranking: 2,133,061

United States Traffic Rank: 672,994

422 sites linking in.

Global Ranking of The Maritime Heritage Project: 2,133,061 out of a possible:

  • 366,848,493 websites on the WWW, according to one December 2011 survey;
  • 466,848,493: December 2011, Netcraft (Internet services company in Bath, England)
  • 1 trillion web sites: In 2008-2009, Bing stated more than 1 trillion sites.

The Market is International

Given the aging of America, family historians/genealogists are blossoming. San Francisco Bay Area has 6,605,428 residents, many with ancestors who arrived by ship. Internationally, 72 cruise ship lines carry more than 1 million passengers annually and that industry is growing (it is expected to exceed oil revenues). Thousands of families have an "historian" (one genealogical library received 30 million viewers, although a time frame was not given nor numbers substantiated).

Individuals from more than 100 countries visit the site, 75% of visitors were from the United States; the remaining were from the U.S. Government, educational institutions, other non-profit corporations, and Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Belgium, Spain, Greece, Poland, Italy, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Thailand, India, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Japan, Singapore, South Africa, Malaysia, Pakistan, Turkey, the Faroe Islands, the Russian Federation, etc.

On The Top of Google Searches

The Maritime Heritage Project appears on the top pages of all search engines... along with others that have added "maritime heritage" to their names, i.e. the National Park Service. Visitors view as many as five pages and a significant number stay between 5 and 30 minutes. Inquiries arrive daily from around the globe.

The Project

Maritime Nations, Ships, Sea Captains, Merchants, Merchandise, Ship Passengers and VIPs sailing into San Francisco during the 1800s.



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Sources: As noted on entries and through research centers including National Archives, San Bruno, California; CDNC: California Digital Newspaper Collection; San Francisco Main Library History Collection; and Maritime Museums and Collections in Australia, China, Denmark, England, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Wales, Norway, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, etc.

Please inform us if you link from your site. Please do NOT link from your site unless your site specifically relates to immigration in the 1800s, family history, maritime history, international seaports, and/or California history.