Passengers at the Port of San Francisco: 1800s

SS Moses Taylor

Arrive San Francisco

March 30, 1873
SS Moses Taylor
Captain James H. Blethen
From Honolulu, Hawaii


March 30, 1873, Daily Alta California, San Francisco

Honolulu 1800s.
Waterfront, Honolulu, Hawaii

The steamship Moses Taylor arrived at San Francisco March 30th, 12 days from Honolulu, which port she left on the 18th of March, bringing the New Zealand mails.

The Hawaiian news by the Moses Taylor is unimportant.

The new King of Hawaii, William C. Lunalilo, had made a tour of the Islands in the United States steamer Benicia. King Lunalilo will come to San Francisco with General Schofield and make a tour of the United States for the purpose of studying our institutions.

Lunalilo's cabinet consists of three American gentlemen and one Scotchman by birth. They will look after the Sandwich Islands while the King is on a visit to this and other States of the Union.

Passengers and Merchandise to I. W. Raymond.

March 29, Sacramento Daily Union: The steamer Moses Taylor is due from Honolulu tomorrow. This will be her last trip in the Webb Lines.


300 bchs bananas, 3 pkgs saddlery, 1 bag 1 pcl 2 bxs specie; 250 bags rice; 23 do. coffee; 432 kegs sugar, 1 box tallow, 595 bls wool, 32 lambs, 4 cs 1 box 1 pkg mdse.


Per Moses Taylor: N. Dabovich; Spruance, Stanley & Co; H. Johnson & Co; J. C. Johnson; H. W. Hyman; Bank of California; Yung Kee; J. C. Merrill & Co; Williams, Blanchard & Co; A. M. Severance; Wells, Fargo & Co; W. H. McClellan; Cutting & Co; Drexel, Morgan & Co; Watt & McLennan; Cross & Co; J. Blake; J. Brown; Order.

April 26, 1873, Daily Alta California, San Francisco

The steamship Moses Taylor, having done service as a pest-ship, has been fumigated and cleaned up, is now lying alongside Oriental Wharf waiting for further orders. She will probably soon be used in the Southern Coast trade.

We are in receipt, per Moses Taylor,
of a consignment of Leicesther Sheep from the flocks of R. & R. McLean
and Merino Bucks from the Bucks of Bates, Slow & Co., New Zealand.
These are all picked sheep and of the purest blood.
For participation, incquire of ASHON & SHOOBERT,
655 Sansome Street

The Annals of San FranciscoThe Annals of San Francico 1855.
Frank Soule, John H. Gihon, Jim Nisbet. 1855.
Written by three journalists who were witnesses to and participants in the extraordinary events they describe. The Annals of San Francisco is both an essential record for historians and a fascinating narrative for general readers. Over 100 historical engravings are included. Partial Contents: Expeditions of Viscaino; Conduct of the Fathers towards the natives; Pious Fund of California; Colonel John C. Fremont; Insurrection of the Californians; Description of the Golden Gate; The Presidio of San Francisco; Removal of the Hudson's Bay Company; Resolutions concerning gambling; General Effects of the Gold Discoveries; Third Great Fire; Immigration diminished; The Chinese in California; Clipper Ships; Increase of population; and Commercial depression.

Crowley Maritime.Crowley Maritime, San Francisco.Two Men at the Helm: The First 100 Years of Crowley Maritime Corporation, 1892-1992Crowley Maritime Corporation.
Jean Gilbertson.
Crowley Maritime started as a one-man operation, with nothing more than one 18-foot Whitehall rowboat to provide transportation of personnel and stores to ships anchored on San Francisco Bay. In the mid-1800s, the business was incorporated under the name Thomas Crowley and Brothers. Withing a few years, services grew to include bay towing and ship-assist services. By the turn of the century, Crowley's expansion continued by operating small barges to transport steel to Oakland and barrels of oil, ice, and other supplies to ships in San Francisco Bay. In July 1902, the San Francisco Call reported "The new launch Guide, owned by Thomas Crowley & Bros., made her first trip yesterday to the Farallon Islands and carried out her builders' highest anticipations. By 1912, Crowley had built a marine railway, dock and woodworking mill. Growth continues to this day.

A History of CaliforniaThe History of California.
Franklin Tuthill.
This comprehensive 19th century history of California, from its early times up to the Gold Rush was written "because there seemed to be a demand for a History of California which should sketch the main events of the country from its discovery to the present time. Beginning with Spanish priests, who enslaved indigenous tribes, millions rushed in and claimed the land after the Gold Rush. The material is abundant: log-books of ancient mariners; archives of the Government while the territory was under Spanish or Mexican rule; official reports and Congressional documents about the transfer to the United States; files of newspapers; scores of books of intelligent travellers; the oral evidence of natives, and early immigrants." These sources were the base materials for this publication.

When America First Met China:
An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail
When America First Met China.
Eric Jay Dolin.
Amazon.comAncient China collides with America in this epic tale of opium smugglers, sea pirates, and dueling clipper ships. Brilliantly illuminating one of the least-understood areas of American history, best-selling author Eric Jay Dolin traces our relationship with China back to its roots: the nineteenth-century seas that separated a rising naval power from a ancient empire. The furious trade in furs, opium, and bĂȘche-de-mer -- a rare sea cucumber delicacy -- might have catalyzed America's emerging economy, but it also sparked an ecological and human rights catastrophe. Peopled with fascinating characters -- from Robert Morris: Financier of the American Revolution Robert Morris, Financier of the American Revolution. to the The Glorious Reign of Emperor Qianlong: Splendors of China's Forbidden City, who considered foreigners inferior beings -- this saga of pirates and politicians, coolies and concubines becomes a must-read for any fan of Nathaniel Philbrick's MayflowerMayflower. or Mark Kurlansky's Cod.Cod, the fish that changed the world. Two maps, 16 pages of color, 83 black-and-white illustrations.

Atlantis: The Antediluvian World
Ignatius Donnelly.
The author and politician Ignatius Donnelly was born in Philadelphia on 3 November 1831. He was educated in the public schools of his native city, studied law, was admitted to the bar, and practiced. He went to Minnesota in 1857, was elected lieutenant governor in 1859, and again in 1861, and was then elected to Congress as a Republican, serving from 7 December 1863 until 3 March 1869. Besides doing journalistic work he has written an Essay on the Sonnets of Shakespeare, and his most enduring work, Atlantis, the Antediluvian World (New York, 1882), in which he attempts to demonstrate that there once existed in the Atlantic Ocean, opposite the straits of Gibraltar, a large island, known to the ancients as "Atlantis"; and Ragnarok (1883), in which he tries to prove that the deposits of clay, gravel, and decomposed rocks, characteristic of the drift age, were the result of contact between the earth and a comet.

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