Ship Name

California

Type

sidewheel steamer

Origins/Provenance

New York-built

Era

Heroic Age of Sail (1816-1865)

Year Launched

1848

Home Waters

NYC - San Francisco

Function

Commercial

Displacement (tons)

1057

Length (feet)

200

Beam (feet)

33

Draft (feet)

22

Primary Propulsion

Fuel/Steam

Propulsion Specifications

side-lever engine; 2 paddles

Hull

wood

Historical Note

First steamship to make run from New York to San Francisco, in 1848-49, in 76 days of sailing (144 days overall)

Related Images

external image boat0_california_0000.jpg

Related Source

Ships of the World: An Historical Encyclopedia (1997)