Logbook and documents (SAFR 13574, HDC 28) is comprised of one volume with a sketch, negatives, and passenger list tucked
inside. The logbook was maintained by the same indiividual throughout five voyages documented. The rough log details one voyage
of the NIANTIC, three voyages of the MARY WILDER and one voyage of the HUNTINGTON from 1848 to 1850. This collection has been
processed to the collection level and is open for use without restrictions.
The NIANTIC was a three masted, bluff-bowed ship built in 1835 in Chatham, CT. She was approximately 119' in length, and 32'
wide, and rated at 451 tons. She was originally engaged in the China trade and as a packet. From 1844 to 1847, the NIANTIC
was engaged in whaling off New Zealand. In September, 1848, The NIANTIC left Warren, R.I. for the west coast. Enroute, she
stopped in Panama to pick up additional passengers for San Francisco who had crossed the isthmus. The NIANTIC arrived San
Francisco on July 5, 1849. It was anchored at what is now Clay and Sansome Streets, and eventually became land bound and used
as a store ship and later as a rooming house. In 1851, the ship was burned to the ground, and the Niantic Hotel was built
upon the portion of the hull remaining. As late as 1978, when a new building was constructed on this site, many artifacts
from the NIANTIC were found and brought into the museum collections.