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Brooklyn

A 20,000-Mile Religous Exodus by Ship

 
 
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By R. C., August 8, 2009
1. Brooklyn: a 20,000-Mile Religous Exodus by Ship Marker
Inscription. On February 4, 1846, the ship Brooklyn sailed from Manhattan's Old Slip. Chartered by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the ship carried men, women, and children to California as part of the epic movement of Mormons to the West. By coincidence, on the same day, the Mormons began their famous migration by crossing the Mississippi River from Nauvoo, Illinois, on their way across the Great Plains to the Salt Lake Valley.

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
Brooklyn: a 20,000-Mile Religous Exodus by Ship Marker image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
2. Brooklyn: a 20,000-Mile Religous Exodus by Ship Marker
Marker can be seen on third column from right.
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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
Calistoga Sam Brannan Center Marker image. Click for more information.
By Syd Whittle, April 26, 2009
3. Calistoga Sam Brannan Center Marker
Sam Brannon became a successful businessman in San Francisco. He later settled in Calistoga where he was instrumental in developing that area. This marker is located at his cottage in Calistoga. This is now the home of the Calistoga Sam Brannon Center and the Sharpsteen Museum.
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and there meeting the company who had left under Brigham Young, presumably for the same port." (Submitted on August 16, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 10, 2009, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,011 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 10, 2009, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey.   3. submitted on May 3, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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