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Railroads Shipped by Sea
Railroad History, Bulletin 180, Spring, 1999. pp. 7-30.
By Wendell W. Huffman

Courtesy Railway & Locomotive Historical Society, William F. Howes, Jr., President.

R&LHS Copyrighted © 1999 by the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society, Inc., P.O, Box 1418. Westford. Massachusetts 01886. The R&LHS, founded in 1921, is the oldest organization in North America devoted to railroad history. Its object is to promote research and encourage documentation.  Source materials printed, manuscript and graphic are housed in the Society's archives in Sacramento, California.  For additional information, contact William H. Lugg, Jr, R&LHS Membership Secretary, P.O. Box 292927, Sacramento, California 95829-2927.

Wendell Huffman is a reference librarian at the Carson City Library in Nevada. He grew up in Sacramento and is presently working on a book about the Sacramento Valley Rail Road/Placerville branch of the Southern Pacific.

Table:

Vessels/Voyages That Delivered Locomotives
to California and Oregon, 1850-1869
Listed in Order of Arrival


"California" Clipper Ship Card, 6 3/4" x 4 1/4".
Glidden & Williams' Line; Henry Barber Commander.
Courtesy Mead Cain Collection.

  Departed*   Days Arrived- Carried+
Hannah Crooker 7/19/50 BO 190 1/24/51 Elephant
Winged Racer 2/03/55 BO 120 6/03/55 SV 1
Queen of the Seas 3/17155 BO 137 8/03/55 SV 2
Santa Claus 5/03/56 BO 110 9/21/56 SV 4
Sea Lark 7/20/60 NY 159 12/26/60 CC (2 engines)
Shirley 9/17/60 NY 160 2/23/61 CC (2 engines)
Sierra Nevada 12/04/61 NY 112 3/25/62 CN 1, 2
Charger 1/11/63 NY 127 5/18/63 SF&SJ 1
Win. A. Banks 12/29/62 NY 163 5/18/63 OSN 1, 2
Bunker Hill 3/26/63 NY 147 8/20/63 SF&SJ 2, 3
Herald of the Morning 5/16/63 BO 127 9/20/63 CP 1
Electric Spark 10/04/63 BO 128 2/09/64 CP 2
Mary Robinson 11/19/63 NY 115 3/12/64 CP 3, 4
Carrier Dove 11/02/63 NY 140 3/20/64 SF&SJ 4
Golden Fleece 12/25/63 NY 126 4/28/64 SF&SJ 5
J. F. Chapman 5/21/63 NY 354 5/10/64 SV 6
Volunteer 12/17/63 BO 146 5/10164 CP 5
Ellen Southard 4/14/64 NY 205 11/05/64 CP 6
Free Trade 4/28/64 NY 142 10/20/65 WP (1 loco)
John Tucker 9/30/65 NY 134 2/12/66 CP 8, 9
Cremorne 10/21/65 NY 140 3/09/66 CP 11
Seminole 12/03/65 NY 97 3/11/66 CP 10
Prima Donna 12/30/65 NY 141 5/20/66 CP 12, 13
Reunion 3/15/66 NY 153 8/15/66 CP 16,17
Haze 4/11/66 NY 152 9/10/66 CP 14,15
Washington 4129/66 NY 154 9/30/66 CP 19
Intrepid 5128/66 NY 159 11/03/66 CP 18
Lawrence 8111/66 NY 165 1/22/67 CP 20
Ella Norton 9/14/66 NY 164 2/24/67 CP 21
Volunteer 10/02/66 NY 167 3/17/67 CP 22, 23
Majestic 2/06/67 NY 146 7/03/67 CP 24
Swallow 3114/67 NY 150 8/11/67 CP 25, 28
Franklin 3/26/67 NY 160 9/02/67 CalP (4 locos, 3 ships)
Lookout 4/26/67 NY 138 9/11/16 CalP "
Haze 4/03/67 NY 170 9/21/67 CalP "
Twilight 6101/67 NY 140 10/27/67 CalP (2 locos)
Cutwater 6/13/67 NY 159 11/19/67 CP 30, 31
Brewster 6/08/67 NY 182 12/07/67 CP 27
Carolus Magnus 6/15/67 NY 175 12/07/67 CP 26
Belvidere 7/24/67 NY 140 12/11/67 CP 36, 37
Intrepid 6/27/67 NY 169 12/13/67 CP 29, 32, 33
John Tucker 6/29/67 NY 167 12/13/67 CP 34, 35
Guardian 8/08/67 NY 172 1128/68 CP 38,39
Garibaldi 9/28/67 NY 131 2/06/68 CP 44
Carrier Dove 11/03/67 NY 120 3/02/68 CP 45, 47, 48, 49
Audubon 10/30/67 NY 125 3/04/68 CP 46
North Star 10/15/67 BO 152 3/14/68 OC (1 loco)
Coldstream 11/16/67 NY 127 3/23/68 CP 50
Maria J. Smith 11/02/67 BO 179 4/28/68 OC (1 loco)
Lawrence 12/01/67 NY 170 5/19/68 CP 51
Gold Hunter 1/21/68 NY 142 6/13/68 CP 52, 53
Valparaiso 3/09/68 NY 129 7/16/68 OC (2 locos)
Favorita 4/22/68 NY 121 8/21/68 CP 66, 67, 73
Prima Donna 4/04/68 NY 142 8/24/69 CP 64, 80, 81, 84
Fleetford 4/07/68 NY 147 9/01/68 CP 65
Swallow 5/27/68 NY 136 10/10/68 CP 75, 82, 83, 85
Arcadia 5/19/68 BO 154 10/21/68 CP 68, 69
Golden Fleece 6/04/68 NY 143 10/25/68 CP 56, 74, 76, 77, 78, 79
White Swallow 6/20/68 NY 126 10/25/68 CP 72
Thatcher Magoun 7/10/68 NY 117 11/04/68 CP 88, 89, 95
James R. Keeler 7/01/68 NY 135 11/13/68 CP 57, 86, 87
Electric Spark 6/24/68 BO 144 11/15/68 CP 94
California 7/26/68 BO 144 12/18/68 CP 96, 97
Steamers 10/09/68 NY   1/01/69 CP 108
Steamers 10/16/68 NY   1/01/69 CP 109, 118, 138, 139
Steamers 10/31/68 NY   1/01169 CP 140
Steamers 11/09/68 NY   1/01/69 CP 110, 111, 119,132
Steamers 11/16/68 NY   1/01/69 CP 54
Steamers 11/24/68 NY   1/01/69 CP 133, 134
Escort 8/01/68 NY 163 1/11/69 CP 58, 59
Golden Rule 8/24/68 BO 139 1/11/69 CP 99, 100
Emma C. Beal 8/03/68 BO 169 1/17/69 CP 98
Steamers 11/16/68 NY   1/17/69 CP 131
Steamers 11/24/68 NY   1/17/69 CP 135
Steamers 12/01/68 NY   1/17/69 CP 55, 120,121
Derby 9/02/68 BO 139 1/20/69 CP 102, 103, 112, 113
Pharos 9/20/68 BO 126 1/24/69 CP 101, 126
Southern Cross 10/17/68 BO 112 2/06/69 CP 127, 128, 129, 130
John Tucker 8/12/68 NY 178 2/07/69 CP 90, 91, 92
Edith 9/18/68 NY 157 2/20/69 CP 60,104,105, 114, 115, 11
Resolute 10/09/68 NY 149 3/07/69 CP 61, 62, 63, 106, 107, 117
General McClellan 10/24/68 NY 141 3/10/69 SF&SJ 9, 10
Sumatra 11/18/68 NY 121 3/18/69 CP 141, 142, 143
Annie E. Smull 12/02/68 NY 120 4/01/69 CP 144, 145, 164, 165
Franklin 12/13/68 NY 130 4/21/69 CP 146, 147
Annie Sise 12/24/68 NY 142 5/15/69 CP 136, 137
St. Lucie 1/15/69 NY 145 6/09/69 CP 149, 149,154,155
Sovereign of the Seas 1/20/69 NY 142 6/11/69 CP 150
Criterion 6/24/68 BO 357 6/16/69 CP 70, 71
Simla 1/03/69 NY 171 6/23/69 CP 153
Favorita 2/09/69 NY 135 6/24/69 CP 151, 152
St. Joseph 3/01/69 NY 202 9/19/69 LA&SP 2

Departure port abbreviations: BO = Boston; NY = New York.

The Wm. A. Banks arrived at Portland; all others arrived at San Francisco.

+ Railroad abbreviations:

CalP = California Pacific

CC = California Central

CN = California Northern

CP = Central Pacific

LA&SP = Los Angeles & San Pedro

OC = Oregon Central

OSN = Oregon Steam Navigation

SF&SJ = San Francisco & San Jose
 
 

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