Captain Leidesdorff’s father was a Danish sea captain; his Creole mother was from Danish-held St. Croix, where Leidesdorff was born in 1812. Educated in New Orleans, William Alexander Leidesdorff became an accomplished linguist. Young William began his sailing career delivering and selling cotton to New York from New Orleans. After becoming a naturalised US citizen in 1834 he worked his way up to Captain.
Vice-Consul William Alexander Leidesdorff assisted in the establishment of the Bear Flag Republic, declared California under American occupation, was San Francisco Treasurer and helped establish the first public school in the State. Leidesdorff had also become a naturalized Mexican qualifying himself for a 35,000-acre land grant on the American River (see attached photo showing record of land grant). He called it Rancho Río de Los Americanos and made it into a cattle and wheat ranch to serve both the needs of food and hides. The holdings, extended from today’s Bradshaw Road along the south side of the American River to the present city of Folsom. Part of his vast estate, now the City of Folsom, includes Rancho Cordova. Vice Consul Leidesdorff had invested in numerous city lots when he died from cholera in May 1848–only months before the Gold Rush immensely increased the value of his estate.
Mr. J.C. Jones, who had been a former U.S. Consul in the Sandwich (Hawaiian) Islands owned the 106-ton schooner, Julia Ann, and contracted with Captain Leidesdorff during the 1840s to work the boat between Yerba Buena (San Francisco), the California, Canadian and Mexican coasts, via Cape Horn, and to the Sandwich Islands, mainly transporting for trade of cattle hides.
Leidesdorff died in 1848 – just 12 days before the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo – and the land passed to his heirs in the Danish West Indies. He was buried at Mission Dolores in San Francisco (in the floor of the Church).
MarineLog is reporting:
MARCH 2, 2015 — A federal grand jury in Anchorage, AK, has returned a three-count indictment against Kimberly Christina Reidel-Byler, 46, and Darren K. Byler, 54, both residing near Kodiak, AK, charging them with offenses relating to the improper disposal of human waste into waters in and around Kodiak, Alaska.
According to the indictment filed in this case, the Bylers owned and operated the Wild Alaskan, a converted 94-foot Bering Sea crabber anchored in St. Herman Harbor, Kodiak, Alaska. Between June 25, 2014, and November 30, 2014, the Wild Alaskan was a floating bar and strip club. Customers were ferried to the vessel from shore by the Gulf Coast Responder, a 35-foot landing craft.
The complete Marine Log post is here.
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nw news network is reporting:
Steinbeck Vessel To Be Refloated By New Owner And Northwest Shipwrights
New ownership is giving new hope to a decrepit, unseaworthy fishing boat with a notable literary pedigree.
Northwest shipwrights will be hired to restore the Western Flyer, a vessel made famous by the author John Steinbeck.
In 1940, Steinbeck and marine biologist Ed Ricketts — who later inspired the character Doc in “Cannery Row” — chartered the Western Flyer for a Mexican cruise, which Steinbeck immortalized in the non-fiction classic, “The Log From the Sea of Cortez.”
The 76-foot wooden boat passed through many hands since then. It sunk twice in Puget Sound in recent years. The historic vessel is currently propped up on blocks in dry storage at the Port of Port Townsend, Washington.
The complete nw news network post by Tom Bonse and related audio is here.
(Thanks to Joe Petrich for the link.)
A week of ship traffic on the seven seas, seen from space. Get a glimpse of the vibrant lanes of goods transport that link the continents.
The vessel movements were captured using newest terrestrial and space-borne AIS technology from FleetMon and its partner Luxspace. The records cover the world’s merchant fleet with some 100.000s of cargo ships, tankers, ferries, cruise ships, yachts and tugs. FleetMon provides advanced fleet monitoring services, software APIs, reports and analyses of maritime traffic data. The inset shows live monitoring with the FleetMon Explorer software. More information: www.fleetmon.com/products/satellite_ais
(Thanks to Larry Fay for the link, via facebook.)
The ‘Selma’ reaches the Bay of Whales on 9 February 2015. Photo: PAP
Radio Poland is reporting:
“We cannot sail any further,” skipper Piotr Ku?niar told the PAP news agency after reaching a latitude of 78°43’926” S, breaking the previous sailing record of 78°43’566” S set by ‘Katharsis II’, a British vessel manned by a Polish crew under Mariusz Koper. The boat managed the feat at 2029 UTC on Thursday evening. On reaching the coastline, Ku?niar managed to place a Polish flag on the shore which had been given to him by Polish president Bronis?aw Komorowski. “We touched the ice of the Antarctic,” skipper Ku?niar said, underlining that the plan to reach the Bay of Whales had been done almost solely under wind power.
The complete Radio Poland post is here.
(Thanks to John Chessell for the link)
The Scuttlefish has the post:
When the film Waterworld was released in 1995, I gazed in silent wonder at the opening, as the Universal globe, and my beloved Earth’s landmasses disappeared beneath the waves. It was a jaw-dropping Hollywood moment, but was there really, truly enough water locked up in the polar ice caps to swallow up the Rockies, the Sierra Nevada and the Andes – leaving only the tops of what are presumably maybe Everest or a couple of other Himalayan spires peaking up from the briny depths? Let’s just say Kevin Costner’s Magnum Oceanus was not a film to let facts stand in the way of a rip-roaring yarn
The complete Scuttlefish post by Chris Dixon is here.
(Ed. note: Chris’s best quote is…” Business Insider. Normally B.I. – I’d call it a clickbaiting cross between the Wall Street Journal, Buzzfeed and TMZ – would not be much of a source of news for TheScuttlefish….”)