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    Default port of san francisco, 1851

    link to higher resolution pic: link

    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Default Re: port of san francisco, 1851

    Every ship in that image would be on dry land today...


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    Default Re: port of san francisco, 1851

    To California By Sea is a good read. Author is James Delgado. Published in 1990.

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    The journal of Henry Dana Jr is also very good. "Two Years Before the Mast"
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    Abandoned ships 2 years earlier.
    Most were repurposed;housing, mercantile, bordello,freight depots, stowage.
    An Immense number of sailors jumped ship, leaving the Captain stranded.


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    Quote Originally Posted by paulf View Post
    The journal of Henry Dana Jr is also very good. "Two Years Before the Mast"
    I read it every year, Paul. My mind boggles at his description of the San Francisco Bay.

    The mission trade scenes in general are interesting to me, but the geography kills me. Deserted California seems so strange and distant, now, even for those who live in sparse areas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amish rob View Post
    I read it every year, Paul. My mind boggles at his description of the San Francisco Bay.

    The mission trade scenes in general are interesting to me, but the geography kills me. Deserted California seems so strange and distant, now, even for those who live in sparse areas.

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    I have done a ton of surfing and swimming all along the outer edge of this crazy banana I live in, and there are very few places I'd care to wade in the winter.

    And that doesn't even get to the whole "pounding the ice off the sails" type nonsense they got up to rounding the Horn.
    I would surely have frozen to death on some part of the voyage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donn View Post
    I have ancestors who, 2 years after that photo was taken, launched their last California Clipper, Sweepstakes. For a time, she was the fastest runner from New York to San Francisco...93 days.





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    Very cool Donn! Perhaps one day our great great grand children will look back at our easy lives and "shudder" at how tough it was.

    All relative I guess.
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    A couple of years later there were upward of 4000 sailing ships abandoned in Port Phillip Bay in SE Australia as their crews, and captains decamped to the gold rush. When I was a kid there were 2 or 3 that had been used as coal lighters tied up and rotting in the Maribyrnong River.
    Earliest pic I can find is 1940's.
    here's some info.
    http://www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/Fi...ge_Booklet.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    Abandoned ships 2 years earlier.
    Most were repurposed;housing, mercantile, bordello,freight depots, stowage.
    An Immense number of sailors jumped ship, leaving the Captain stranded.

    Someone posted a map of those buried ships some months ago.

    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Default Re: port of san francisco, 1851

    Portsmouth Square 1851.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbar...cisco1851a.jpg

    (Its a big file but very detailed)

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    Buena Vista Cove 1860's.

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    A contemporary image.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Default Re: port of san francisco, 1851

    Quote Originally Posted by skuthorp View Post
    A couple of years later there were upward of 4000 sailing ships abandoned in Port Phillip Bay in SE Australia as their crews, and captains decamped to the gold rush. When I was a kid there were 2 or 3 that had been used as coal lighters tied up and rotting in the Maribyrnong River.
    Earliest pic I can find is 1940's.
    here's some info.
    http://www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/Fi...ge_Booklet.pdf
    Not exactly a photo


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    Default Re: port of san francisco, 1851

    More in San Francisco




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    I love the history here in San Francisco. The are a few places where you can see the ship remains, the classic shanghi bars and a few trapdoors. there is hundreds of boat wrecks outside the golden gate... if you travel with sonar you can see the blips of boat still with masts and related materials. The water is cold enough that the wooden ships remain intact.
    Speaking of turn of the century local wrecks - there are several battleships and naval gunships from the great white fleet sunk to make a section of my hometown land fill here in Alameda and Bay Farm.

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    Default Re: port of san francisco, 1851

    alameda really was the a significant port of the bay. the Alaska packers connected the transcontinental railroad to the west coast here in Alameda to points north and south.


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