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A guide to the Oregon (built 1848; steamer) logbook, 1848-1851
HDC0202 (SAFR 16482)  
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The Oregon (built 1848; steamer) logbook (SAFR 16482, HDC 202) consists of one photocopy of a logbook. The original is held by the Fine Arts Museum San Francisco. This copy is available for research purposes only.
OREGON (built 1848; steamship), initially owned by Pacific Mail Steamship Company, was built by Smith & Dimon, New York, NY in collaboration with Morgan Iron Works, New York, NY. She had a side-lever, 200 h.p. engine and two boilers. Her maiden voyage was New York to San Francisco, from December 8, 1848 to April 1, 1849. Piloted by Captain R.H. Pearson, ports of call along the way were Rio de Janeiro, Valparaiso, Callao, and Panama via the Straits of Magellan. Her sister ships were the CALIFORNIA and the PANAMA. Early runs carried passengers bound for California gold mines. She sailed through the Golden Gate April 1, 1849, however, before passengers debarked, the Captain ordered some crew members arrested in order to prevent their leaving for the gold mines; crew desertions were common during this period. Later owners were Holladay & Flint, 1861, Oregon & California Steamship Company, 1861-1869, and LUMBER INTERESTS (schooner) 1869-1880.
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