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Steamer San Francisco, Military transport, event 1853-54

Updated November 8, 2007

Marilyn Strode Fitze

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This Site is under construction. There are many resources and some conflicting evidence. If you can help clear up or add to the events of the December 23, 1853-June 1856 New York to California for the 3rd Artillery especially "H" company please e-mail me.

In late December 1853 the 3rd Artillery "H" company and other units shipped from Fort Adams, Rhode Island to California aboard the steamer "San Francisco", its maiden voyage. The ship incurred hurricane weather off Cape Hatteras and began to flounder. They were rescued about three weeks later by the ship "Three Bells" and several other ships. Survivors were returned to Fort Adams and some were again sent by sea around the horn of South America and others were sent across the plains by wagon train to California. Those in the wagon train wintered in Salt Lake in 1854.

Anyone with family story of Steamer "San Francisco" ship wreck please contact me.

Have information on many descendants of Pioneers in Clark County, Washington.

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