Marine History: Gold Rush fever clogged the harbors of California

Marine History: Gold Rush fever clogged the harbors of California

 US Museum of History

1-24-2019  Boatjobsonly.com ~  James Marshall found gold at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California. This started the gold rush on this day 1848. The gold rush was a disaster for ship owners and Captains as crews jumped ship along with passengers to find gold leaving a fleet of stranded vessels.  Many of the ships ended up as floating storage or made into shops being pulled ashore. Over 25,000 gold seekers arrived by sea.

 

 

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