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A 20,000-Mile Religous Exodus by Ship
The chartered ship, captained by Abel W. Richardson, was 125 feet long, was rated at 445 tons, and carried 234 passengers. The Brooklyn stopped at Juan Fernandez Island and Honolulu before reaching Yerba Buena, later named San Francisco, on July 31, 1846. Eleven passenger deaths and two births marked the six-month passage. The more than 20,000-mile voyage is the longest recorded religious exodus in history.
When the ship left New York City, California belonged to Mexico. By the time the ship arrived, the United States had claimed California as a result of the Mexican-American War. Led by Samuel Brannan, the Mormons of the ship Brooklyn were among the first United States citizens to settle in California prior to the gold rush.
Erected 2000 by New York New York Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Ship Brooklyn Association
Location. 40° 42.2′ N, 74° 0.45′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 32 Old Slip, New York NY 10004, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 100 Old Slip - New York City Police Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); First Precinct Police Station (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); New York’s Municipal Slave Market (about 600 feet away); India House / British Memorial Garden in Hanover Square (about 700 feet away); First Printing Press in the Colony of New York (approx. 0.2 miles away); Vietnam War Veterans Memorial / Dutch City Hall Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); Asser Levy’s Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stone Street Historic District and Colonial New York Street Plan (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Also see . . . The Good Ship Brooklyn. "Perhaps of all these colonies none had a more romantic history than the one that sailed around South America to California on the good ship "Brooklyn." Samuel Brannan, an elder in New York City and vicinity who later became prominent in California history, conceived the idea of taking his flock by water to California (Submitted on August 16, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
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