Oakland in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Voyage of the Brooklyn
Inscription. The voyage of the ship Brooklyn began in New York City on February 4, 1846. On board were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who had the provisions, equipment and skills to settle a new land. Under the leadership of Samuel Brannan, they were part of a general exodus of Church members to the West, where they hoped to find peace and establish Zion.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 27, 2016
1. Voyage of the Brooklyn Marker
After departing New York City, the vessel sailed south, rounded Cape Horn, then made two stops, the first at Juan Fernandez (Robinson Crusoe) Island and the next at Honolulu. Before the arduous six-month voyage ended, eleven passengers had died and two babies, a boy named Atlantic and a girl named Pacific, were born. On July 31, 1846, the Brooklyn arrived at Yerba Buena, California, which had recently come under United States control as a result of the U.S. war with Mexico.
The disembarking pioneers doubled the population of the village that was later named San Francisco. Their arrival marked the beginning of unprecedented immigration to California. Many Brooklyn passengers made significant contributions to California's commerce, industry, and agriculture. Some would eventually leave and make history again as pioneers in settling other regions of the American West.
The ship Brooklyn was a typical three-masted, full-rigged
Yankee trader built in 1834 by Joseph H. Russell at Newcastle, Maine. Abel W. Richardson was part-owner and captain.
By Barry Swackhamer, February 27, 2016
2. Voyage of the Brooklyn Marker
Length of journey: 24,000 miles in 177 days
Size of ship: length: 125'; width: 28'; weight: 445 tons
Number of passengers: some 240 plus crew
Cost of leasing the vessel: $1,200.00 per month for six months
List of Known Passengers
Addison, Isaac Addison, Eliza Addison, (dau) Aldrich, Silas (died on voyage) Aldrich, Prudence Clark Aldrich, Nancy Laura Aldrich, Jasper (Jason) Atherton, William Atherton, Emily Austin, Julius Augustus Caesar Austin, Octavia Ann Lane Austin, Louise Maria Austin, Edwin Nelson Austin, Newton Francis Brannan, Samuel Brannan, Anna Elizabeth Corwin Brannan, Samuel L. Buckland, Hannah Daggett Buckland, Alonus de Lafayette Bullen, Newel Bullen, Clarissa Judkins Atkinson Bullen, Francis Andrew Bullen, Hershel Bullen, Cincinnatus Burr, Nathan Burr, Chloe Clark Burr, Amasa Burr, Charles Clark Burr, Sarah Sloat Burr, Charles Elias Washington (died on voyage) Burr, John Atlantic (born of voyage) Cade, Jonathan Cade, Susannah Clark, Sophia Patterson Coombs (Combs), Abraham Coombs (Combs) Olive (Olivia) Curtis Coombs, Katherine Coombs, Marion Charles Coombs, Helen Mars Corwin, Frances
(Fanny) M. Eager, Lucy, Buell Eagar, John Eagar, Mary Eagar, Thomas Eagar, Aribella Eagar, William Ensign, Elias (died on voyage) Ensign, Jerusha Ensign, Eliza (died on voyage) Ensign, John W. Evans, William Evans, Hannah Benner Evans, Amanda Evans, Jonathan Benner Evans, Parley Pratt Evans, William H. Fisher, Joseph R. Fisher, Mary Ann Fowler, Jerusha H. Fowler, Thomas Fowler, George Fowler, John S. Fowler, (child) Glover, William Glover, Jane Cowan Glover, Jane Glover, Katherine Glover, Joseph Smith Goodwin, Isaac R. Goodwin, Laura Hotchkiss (died on voyage) Goodwin, Emerette Goodwin, Isaac Hotchkiss Goodwin, Lewis Hotchkiss Goodwin Edwin Abijah Goodwin, Nancy Ellen Goodwin, Lucinda Ladelia Goodwin, Albert Story Griffith, Jonathan Griffith, Sarah Griffith, Jackson Griffith, Marshall Hamilton, Mary Haskell, Ashbel Green Hayes, Jacob Hicks, Joseph Horner, John Meirs Horner, Elizabeth Imlay Hyatt, Elisha Hyatt, Matilda Hyatt, John Smith Ira (Irea), Cyrus Jones, Isabella Joyce, John Joyce, Caroline Augusta Perkins Joyce, Augusta Kemble, Edward Cleveland Kittleman, John Kittleman, Sarah Kittleman, Thomas Kittleman George Kittleman, William Kittleman Eliza Hindman Kittleman, Elizabeth Jane Kittleman, Mary Ann Kittleman, George Kittleman, James Kittleman, Sarah Kittleman, Hannah Knowles, Richard Knowles, Sarah Rostirn Ladd (alias Johnson), Samuel Lane, Emaline Amanda Leigh, Isaac Leigh, Achsah Light, James Light, Mary Elizabeth Lovett, Angeline M. McCue, Patrick McCue, Esther McCue, James B. McCue, Solomon B. McCue, Amos W. McCue, William K. Marshall, Earl, Marshall, Lelicia Dorsey
Stivers, Simeon Meader, Moses A. Meader, Sarah D. Blod (Blood) Meader, Angeline Moses, Ambrose Todd Moses, Lydia Ensign Moses, Norman S. Moses, Pheobe Maria Moses, Ann Frances Moses, Clarissa Cordelia Mowry (Morey), Barton Mowry (Morey), Ruth Walkup Mowry, Origin Mowry, Rhanaldo Murray, Mary Naramore, Mercy M. Naramore, Edwin Nichols, Joseph Nichols, Jerusha Bull Nichols, Enos Nichols, Joseph (died on voyage) Nutting, Lucy Jane Pell, Elijah Ward Pell, Seba (Mattie) Pell, Geraldine Pell, Hettie Petch (Petz), Robert Petch (Petz) Mary Petch, Salina Petch, Richard Phillips, John Poole, Mary Cramer Poole, Elizabeth Frances Poole, Peter John Reed (Read), Christiana Gregory Reed (Read), Hannah Tucker (was Mrs Alexander Jamison), Jamison, John Reed Reed (Read), John Haines Reed (Read), Christiana Rachel Robbins, Charles Robbins, Isaac Rogers Robbins, Mary Ann Shinn Burtis Robbins, Joseph Reeves Robbins, Wesley Burtis Robbins, Margaret Burtis Robbins, John Rogers Robbins, Pheobe And Wright Robbins, Charles Burtis Robbins, George Edward (died on voyage) Robbins, Georgiana Pacific (born on voyage) Rollins (Rowland), Henry Rollins (Rowland), Isaac Savage, Susan Eliza Scott, James Sirrine, George Warren Sirrine, John Sirrine, Nancy Smith Sirrine, George J. Skinner, Horace Austin Skinner, Laura Ann Farnsworth Skinner, James Horace Smith, Orrin Smith, Amy Ann Dodd Hopkins (Smith), H.M. Hopkins, Ellen Mariah Smith, Amelia A. Hopkins, Emily Marilla Smith, Francis Smith, Orrin Hopkins (died in Hawaii) Smith, Robert Smith, Catherine Clark Smith, Daniel Clark Smith, Hyrum Joseph Snow, Zelnora S. Sparks, Quartus, Strong Sparks, Maray Holland Hamilton Sparks, Quartus Jr. Stark, Daniel Stark, Ann Cook Stark, John Daniel Bird, Elizabeth Wallace Still, George Still, Mary Still, Sarah Still, Laura Still, Julia Stout, William Stout, Mary Ann Stout, (Malone?) Stringfellow, Jesse A. Tomkins, Thomas Tomkins, Jane Rollins Tomkins, Amanda Tomkins, Jane Elizabeth von Pfister, Edward Ward, Frank Warner, Caroline, E. Warner, Myron Warner, Sarah Warner, Henry J. Winner, George King H. Winner, Mary Ann Winner, Elizabeth Winner, Mary Ann Winner, Louisa Winner, Emmagene Dembra Winner, Moroni Winner, Israel J. Winner, Sarah (died on voyage)
By Barry Swackhamer
3. Map of the Voyage of the Ship Brooklyn
Erected by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Location. 37° 48.505′ N, 122° 11.984′ W. Marker is in Oakland, California, in Alameda County. Marker can be reached from Lincoln Avenue near Maiden Lane, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4770 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland CA 94602, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Haven for Artists (approx. 0.4 miles away); Joaquin Millers Abbey (approx. 0.4 miles away); Joaquin Miller (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Creation of a Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Monument Loop: A Legacy (approx. 0.4 miles away); Leimert Bridge (approx. 0.8 miles away); Commemoration of Old Redwood Road from Redwood Canyon (approx. 0.9 miles away); 442nd Regimental Combat Team Memorial (approx. 1.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Oakland.
More about this marker. This marker is on the grounds of the Oakland California Temple - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Also see . . . Ship Brooklyn - California Pioneer Heritage Foundation. There were rumors of a possible war with Mexico and it was difficult to find a ship to carry this group of Saints to the West Coast, because most of the ships didnt want to commit to a lengthy voyage and possibly miss out on lucrative government contracts of transporting war materials. Over the course of two months, Brannan managed to recruit 70 men, 68 women, and 100 children – 238 persons total. Brannan negotiated a fare of $75 for adults and half-fare for children with the Captain Abel W. Richardson, master and a principal owner of the ship. (Submitted on February 28, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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