California (steamship)
Steamer California, first American steamship to round the Horn. Photograph of vessel taken in 1872, Lewis and Dryden's Marine History of the Pacific Northwest, p. 57.
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California (steamship)
The steamship California, which was on the Northern route in 1855, was the first American steamship to double Cape Horn, and was on the stocks in New York before gold was discovered in California. With the Oregon and Panama, she had been intended to carry passengers and mail between the Columbia River and the Isthmus in the service of the Pacific Mail Steamship Company, then newly organized, San Francisco being at that time almost an unknown factor in Pacific Coast marine business. The three vessels were built at about the same time under the supervision of Capt. William Skiddle, a naval constructor in the employ of the United States Government, and, while the California was yet unfinished, her owners, who were not very wealthy, saw that they would be unable to complete her, and asked aid from Congress. The request was granted on condition that the steamers could be used by the Government for war purposes in case the emergency should arise, and with this understanding some alterations were made, nothing but l
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