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First ship in regular service from New York to California via Cape Horn arrives in San Francisco

Steamship "California," 1849
02/28/1849
The steamship California of the Pacific Mail Steamship Company, Captain Cleveland Forbes commanding, arrives in San Francisco harbor crammed with 365 passengers after a voyage of almost five months. She had left New York on the inaugural run of the service on October 8, 1848 making multiple calls in South American ports along the way. In the days after the arrival, most of her crew desert to join the rush to the goldfields of Northern California. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
Joseph Nathan Kane, ed., Famous First Facts (New York: H.W. Wilson Company, 1981), 588.

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