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A guide to the Alexander McFarlan journal recorded on board the California Packet (built 1849; ship, 3m), 1849-1850
HDC0210 (SAFR 17627)  
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  • Processing Note
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  • Historical or Biographical Note
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  • Collection Arrangement

  • Title: Alexander McFarlan journal recorded on board the California Packet (built 1849; ship, 3m)
    Date: 1849-1850
    Identifier/Call Number: HDC0210 (SAFR 17627)
    Physical Description: 1 EA
    Repository: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Historic Documents Department
    Building E, Fort Mason
    San Francisco, CA 94123
    Abstract: The Alexander McFarlan journal recorded on board the California Packet (built 1849; ship, 3m) (SAFR 17627, HDC 210) describes the author's journey from Machiasport, Maine to San Francisco, California aboard the CALIFORNIA PACKET (built 1849; ship: 3m) from December 1849 to August 1850.
    Physical Location: San Francisco Maritime NHP, Historic Documents Department
    Language(s): In English.

    Access

    This collection is open for use unless otherwise noted.

    Publication and Use Rights

    Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

    Processing Note

    Note on Description: The descriptions in this collection guide were compiled using the best available sources of information. Such sources include the creator's annotations or descriptions, collection accession files, primary and secondary source material and subject matter experts. While every effort was made to provide accurate information, in the event that you find any errors in this guide please contact the reference staff in order for us to evaulate and make corrections to this guide. P lease cite the title and collection number in any correspondence with our staff.

    Preferred Citation

    [Item description], [Location within collection organization identified by Collection Number/Series Number/File Unit Number/Item Number], HDC0210 (SAFR 17627), Alexander McFarlan journal recorded on board the California Packet (built 1849; ship, 3m), San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

    Acquisition Information

    SAFR-00001
    The journal was originally donated to the San Francisco Maritime Museum. It was transferred to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and finally to the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

    Historical or Biographical Note

    Biography: Born July 23, 1828, Alexander McFarlan was 22 years old when he boarded the CALIFORNIA PACKET (built 1849; ship, 3m) at Machiasport, Maine on December 28, 1849 to California. Piloted by Captain George Kimball, with 80 passengers on board, the ship sailed for California. En route the ship stopped in Boston, Rio de Janeiro, and Valparaiso. Mr. McFarlan wrote of weather, location, food, other vessels encountered, bed bugs, passenger debates, participating in the on-board infantry which had regular drills, washing and mending, playing the fiddle to entertain crew and passengers, the time spent reading and writing, rounding Cape Horn, nearing the "promised land", and how the San Francisco Bay and port appeared at first site the day of arrival, the last entry of the journal on August 24, 1850.

    Collection Scope and Content

    The Alexander McFarlan journal recorded on board the California Packet (built 1849; ship, 3m) (SAFR 17627, HDC 210) describes the author's journey from Machiasport, Maine to San Francisco, California aboard the CALIFORNIA PACKET (built 1849; ship: 3m) from December 1849 to August 1850.
    In the author's hand, the title of this journal is Alexander McFarlan's Book: Boston, February 25th, 1850. A page later, after the initial entry regarding boarding the ship at Machiasport, Maine, an additional title reads: A journal of Alexander McFarlan's life during a voyage to California. The original journal was given a second supporting binding, date unknown, by the author's nephew, George A. Knight, and given an expanded title which now reads: Logbook from Boston to San Francisco via Cape Horn 1849 ship California Packet by Alexander McFarlan a true pioneer of the olden day. The collection is fully processed and available for research.

    Collection Arrangement

    This collection consists of one journal.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Diaries
    Ocean travel
    Sailing ships
    McFarlan, Alexander
    California Packet (built 1849; ship, 3m)
    Machiasport (Me.)
    Boston (Mass.)
    San Francisco Bay (Calif.)
    Diaries