To California by Sea: A Maritime History of the California Gold Rush

To California by Sea: A Maritime History of the California Gold Rush

by James P. Delgado

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A popular concept of the gold rush portrays the overland migration, yet according to the evidence, more people journeyed by sea. The significant factor in this maritime traffic was cargo--supplies for miners and an expanding population. Delgado, maritime historian of the National Park Service, here presents a comprehensive account of shipping during the gold rush era. He reviews briefly maritime trade prior to 1848--furs, hides, whaling--and the settling of San Francisco. He follows shipping around the Horn, steamship service on the Panama and Nicaragua routes and California traffic. Panama steamers carried homebound argonauts and mail until that service was taken over by the U.S. Navy in 1850. Delgado explores the development of the San Francisco waterfront and maritime industries along the coast; he describes shipwrecks and efforts to salvage cargo. This colorful history is a notable addition to the literature of the gold rush. Illustrated. (May)
On the importance of ships and shipping in the Gold Rush. Delgado (historian, National Park Service) explores the impact of the event on national and world maritime trade and the maritime fortunes of the California Gold Rush. Voyages around Cape Horn, through Panama, the rise of the port of San Francisco, rough and ready seafaring law and order on San Francisco Bay, and the role of the Navy and the US Revenue Marine are explored along with the development of maritime industry on the Pacific Coast. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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University of South Carolina Press
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Studies in Maritime History

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