EXTRACTS FROM THE REMARK BOOKS OF S. P. GRIFFIN, CAPTAIN P. M. S. S. CO., CONCERNING IRON STEAMERS, AND THE PASSAGE FROM NEW YORK, THROUGH THE STRAITS OF MAGELLAN, TO SAN FRANCISCO. New York: Slote & Janes, Stationers and Printers, 93 Fulton Street, 1875. 23.2x15 cm, pp. [1-5] 6-29 [30-32: blank], original gray wrappers printed in black, sewn. First edition. A report made by Captain Griffin to Sidney Dillon, president of the Pacific Mail Steamship Company, 1875-1887, providing a useful summary of observations and suggestions for preparing a steamship for a voyage from New York City to San Francisco by way of the Straits of Magellan, a distance of 14,411 miles, and the passage, based on the experiences of Captain Griffin and others. S. P. Griffin, a United States Navy veteran and later a commodore in the Pacific Mail Steamship Company service, died 4 July 1887. The Pacific Mail Steamship Company, founded in 1848 to provide mail service between Panama and the Oregon coast, played a major role in the early development of the American West. In 1867, the company launched the first regularly scheduled Transpacific steamship service from San Francisco to Japan and China, becoming a major means for the Chinese to migrate to California. Following the completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869 (ironically, built in part by Chinese labor), the profitability of the Pacific Mail on the run from Panama to San Francisco ended. Many of its ships were sold or put on other routes. A well-used copy owned by Captain J. R. Baker, Master of the Steamship S. S. Mary, who has annotated this copy. Inscription on front wrapper, "Capt. J. R. Baker / Master S. S. Mary / 1875" and "J. R. Baker / Master Steam Ship Mary / 1875" on rear wrapper. Vertical center crease, wear and soiling to wrappers, internal foxing and soiling, a good copy. OCLC reports four copies (Cornell; New York Public Library; Naval Postgraduate School; Navy Department Library). (#167629).
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