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  • Scope and Contents note
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  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition note
  • Biography
  • Existence and Location of Originals note

  • Title: Gager, James H, Diary
    Identifier/Call Number: C058476
    Contributing Institution: Society of California Pioneers
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.0 folder 1 diary, handwritten, 130 pages
    Date: 1849
    Abstract: ""Six Months on Shipboard" being a Journal of a Voyage to California from New York commencing January 22, 1849 and ending on August 5, 1849, by James H Gager, Passenger on board ship "Pacific". Left with a view to future reference and as a rememberence log" is the hand lettered title page of this 130 page daily dairy of the journey aboard a sailing ship around Cape Horn to San Francisco. Brief daily entries record life on the ship, and the tedium of being at the mercy of the wind and waves on the 14,000 mile voyage. The ship stops at Rio de Janero, Callou and Lima and Gager write extensively about those places.
    creator: Gager, James H., b. 1812

    Scope and Contents note

    ""Six Months on Shipboard" being a Journal of a Voyage to California from New York commencing January 22, 1849 and ending on August 5, 1849, by James H Gager, Passenger on board ship "Pacific". Left with a view to future reference and as a rememberence log" is the hand lettered title page of this 130 page daily dairy of the journey aboard a sailing ship around Cape Horn to San Francisco. Brief daily entries record life on the ship, and the tedium of being at the mercy of the wind and waves on the 14,000 mile voyage. The ship stops at Rio de Janero, Callou and Lima and Gager write extensively about those places.
    The journal contains a listing of the names, ages, and origins of all of the passengers on the "Pacific"

    Conditions Governing Access note

    Collection open for research

    Conditions Governing Use note

    There are no restrictions on access.

    Preferred Citation note

    James H. Gager Diary, The Society of California Pioneers.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition note

    Donor and date of acquistion unknown

    Biography

    Little is known of James H. Gager's life before his trip to California on the ship "Pacific". The "Pacific" was scheduled to leave New York on January 5, 1849, and it was the ship's first voyage to the gold fields. Advertised as $300 per passenger. The ship was quickly booked by at least four companies, two of which were: the New England Trading & Minig Company, and the CMT Company (the Connecticut Mining & Trading Company), with other individual passengers booking as well. It was captained by H.I. Tibbetts. A quite detailed account of the journey, referencing James H. Gager, can be found in From New York to San Francisco via Cape Horn in 1849: The Gold Rush Voyage of the ship "Pacific" - an Eyyewitness Account. by Salvador A. Ramirez (Carlsbad, CA:Tentacled Press, 1985). Ramirez blends the accounts of four well-known passengers: Charles H. Williams, Mark Hopkins, Jacob D. B. Stillman and J. Ross Browne. The book lists the roster of passengers at the end, which is derived in part from James H. Gager's passeneger list ( published in Stillman's account of the voyage). The information on each passenger, which Ramirez gleaned from various sources, was the only information able to be found on Gager. It is as follows: James H. Gager, from New York, aged 37 at the time of his sailing (putting his date of birth at 1812. Ramirez's book notes the following: "(Gager) Stranded in the mountains around Lassen's Ranch during the winter of 1849, Gager had by 1861 established residence in San Francisco where he was employed as a bookkeeper, secretary of the Sacramento Valley Railroad in 1865, and stockbroker in 1870. Between 1873 and 1880, he was connected with James Flood and William O'Brien, Kings of the Comstock Lode and owners of the Nevada Bank in San Francisco, as a bookkeeper." This diary is therefore, the fifth account of the voyage of the "Pacific".

    Existence and Location of Originals note

    The Society of California Pioneers, 101 Montgomery Street, Suite 150, Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, 94129.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    California--History--1846-1850
    Voyages to the Pacific coast