Letters from a San Francisco mariner to his sister in New London, Connecticut.
Benjamin F. Austin was born in New London, Connecticut and left that city in late October 1849 as second mate on the Alexander.
Settling in San Francisco, he bought an interest in the schooner Sarah Lavinia, and was later captain of the schooner Odd
Fellow. His death occurred at sea, February 19, 1855 when the main boom of the Odd Fellow knocked him overboard.
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