Steamers and Schooners of the Central Coast

this information from Sven Delille (Brussels, Belgium)

If your family came to the central coast in the 1800's as mine did, have you ever wondered how they got here? Chances are they arrived by boat. The first trasnscontinental railroad was in Panama linking Colon (Atlantic side) to Panama (Pacific side) across the isthmus. It was completed in 1855. Steamers and schooners carried people to many California destinations including Morro Bay. One such person was John (Berndtsson, Benson) Brown known locally as "Sailor Brown." His narrative (following page) supplied us with the names of many of these ships. If you have further interest you can go to ( which is the Maritime Heritage Project.

Schooner, "Web-Foot"
Ship, "Simonole"
Steam Schooner, "South Coast"
Schooner, "Barbara Hanster"
Schooner, "Rae Lyons"
Bark, "Nick-las stier"
Ship, "Marom"
Schooner, "Garden City"
Ship, "St. Nicolas"
Ship, "Santa Clara"
Schooner, "Marietta"
Ship, "Indiana"

Four Masted Schooner, "Medier"
Steam Schooner, "Emily"
Ship, "Ericson"
Steam Schooner, "Alcazar"
Schooner, "Goseclose"
Steamer, "Santa Rosa"
Steamer, "Queen of the Pacific"
Steamer, "Queen of the Pacific"
Stemer, "City of Pueblo"
Steamer, "Valamet"
Steamer, "Cadiac"

This reproduction is from Pacific Mail Steamships from The San Francisco Book Club by editor Robert J. Chandler

John "Sailor" Brown married Marcelina Romo of the Romo Ranch which was adjacent to Rancho San Bernardo. They lived in Morro Bay for many years. They had one child, Lillie who appears on other pages.

Sailing around the world with John Brown

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