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A guide to the Oregon (built 1848; steamer) logbook, 1848-1851
HDC0202 (SAFR 16482)  
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  • Title: Oregon (built 1848; steamer) logbook
    Date: 1848-1851
    Identifier/Call Number: HDC0202 (SAFR 16482)
    Creator: Unknown
    Physical Description: 1 item.
    Repository: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Historic Documents Department
    Building E, Fort Mason
    San Francisco, CA 94123
    Abstract: 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.
    Physical Location: San Francisco Maritime NHP, Historic Documents Department
    Language(s): In English.


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    Publication and Use Rights

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    Processing Note

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    Preferred Citation

    [Item description], [Location within collection organization identified by Collection Number/Series Number/File Unit Number/Item Number], HDC0202 (SAFR 16482), Oregon (built 1848; steamer) logbook, San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

    Acquisition Information

    This collection was transferred from Golden Gate National Recreation Area to San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

    Historical or Biographical Note

    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.

    Collection Scope and Content

    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.
    This engineer's logbook provides dates, locations, details of engine status by hour, voyage number, stores, and observations noted by the engineer on duty. Other notes include daily weather, equipment issues, and crew issues and activities. Owned by Pacific Mail Steamship Company, OREGON's maiden voyage was December 1849; she traveled from New York via the Straits of Magellan to San Francisco. The logbook records ten voyages between December 8th, 1848 and April 9, 1851.

    Collection Arrangement

    This is a collection of a single item.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Gold rushes--California--1850-1860.
    Pacific Mail Steamship Company
    Oregon (built 1848, steamship)
    New York (N.Y.)
    San Francisco Bay (Calif.)
    Central America