The George S. Payne 1835-1840 journals onboard NIANTIC (built 1835; ship, 3m), (SAFR 23812, HDC 1656) consists of four handwritten
journals containing the observations and musings of able seaman and second mate George S. Payne while sailing on four year-long
voyages from New York City to China and back. The digitally scanned pages of the journals are available for use.
The NIANTIC (built 1835; ship, 3m) is one of the most famous storeships of the Gold Rush Fleet and has periodically returned
to public attention long after fire consumed the ship down to the waterline in 1851. Rediscoveries of the buried wreck, in
1872, 1907, and again in 1978, have ensured that the ship continues to be remembered as one of the first of the ships that
were hauled ashore and converted to "other uses" in the frenzied growth of the San Francisco waterfront in 1849 and 1850.
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