The Maritime Heritage Project, created in 1997, is a free research tool for those seeking history of passengers, ships, captains, merchants and merchandise sailing during the mid-to-late 1800s. While its main focus is California, information on seaports around the world is included as time permits.
The project receives no support other than purchases through affiliates on pages throughout the site and donations from visitors who value the information on the site.
The site has benefitted from the thousands of journalists who spent their lives working for California's early newspapers: publishers, writers, editors, illustrators, photographers, pressmen, secretaries, typesetters, newspaper boys and delivery people, etc.
The Maritime Heritage Project and Ship Passengers illustrate the importance of a global awareness; the health and wealth of nations was formed by individuals who migrated seeking refuge and opportunity. It also illustrates the importance of maintaining all facets of our planet be it flora or fauna for the sake of our children and our children's children.
The site illustrates the importance of a global awareness; the health and wealth of nations was formed by individuals who migrated seeking refuge and opportunity. It also illustrates the importance of maintaining all facets of our planet be it flora or fauna for the sake of our children and our children's children.
Commitment to Shipping History:
Passengers, Captains, Ships, Seaports
More than 45 years of travel, research and 35,000 hours have gone into this project to preserve San Francisco's shipping history and present an overview of world migration during the 1800s.
The project continues as new sections are added or expanded. (Refer to Bibliography.)
Comments include: "There is no other site like it in the world," "For the first time during years of research, I found information about family members," and hundreds of notes from educators who acknowledge the importance of the site to their students.