Research Page Chapter 5: California Gold

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This Research page contains material which may not be included in my manuscript The Falkenburgs
An American Colonial Family: Chapter 5 California Gold
. In There are two reasons this material does not appear in the manuscript. First, in an effort to manage the size of the book or the flow of the story, I decided that some details should be relegated to research notes. In other cases, I simply don't know all of the facts needed to make a coherent presentation. Those notes are found here. In many cases they are notes to myself and may not represent fully explored and documented fact. If you have navigated to this page from a Google search, and you have not seen my manuscript, you may wish to follow the link below for a more complete story of the colonial roots of the Falkenburg/Falkinburg family.

Link to manuscript: The Falkenburgs:An American Colonial Family

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(2.3) The Jane A. Falkinburg

Registration for Jane A. Falkinburg (1858, Mystic Seaport)

Boston Daily Evening Transcript Ship Passenger Lists Port of Boston ..... 1854

September 6, 1854 (Wednesday)
"In the Jane A. Falkinburg (Chas. A. Falkinburg, N. Winsor, Jr., and Co.), for San Francisco, Mrs. Falkinburg, (captain's wife), Mrs. C. McCleur, Mrs. Ann McCleur, Mr. Jno. McCleur, Mr. M. McCleur, and Master E. McCleur, of Fairhaven."

Hillman Shipyard New Bedford

The Jane A. Falkinburg was buit in New Bedford by the Hillman Shipyard which was located in New Bedford, MA. The shipyard was owned by Jethro and Zachariah Hillman.The dimensions of the vessel are listed in the Hillman Shipyard Collection at Mystic Seaport.

Richard N. Schellens Colletion

Reference to Jane A. Falkinburg and Charles Falkinburg in the index of the Schellens Collection. This is not an on-line resource, but merely an on-line index: Documents are available at San Mateo County Genealogical Society Library

From Magellan-- the Ships Enclyclopedia: These citations are after Charles Falkinburg's death (Search for Jane A. Falkinburg)

Jane A. Falkenberg
"The Jane A. Falkenberg sailing from Honolulu to Astoria in twelve days, making a record which is still unbroken. E. W. Wright, Organization of Pacific Coast S. S. Co., Fierce Competition on Ocean Routes, Lewis & Dryden's Marine History of the Pacific Northwest. New York: Antiquarian Press, Ltd., 1961., p.255."
Citation: Tacoma Public Library

Jane A. Falkenberg (barkentine)
"Lewis and Dryden's Marine History of the Pacific Northwest, p. 67. Arthur Throckmorton, Oregon Argonauts, merchant adventurers on the western front, p. 214, 301. Stranded on Clatsop Spit in 1872, Refloated. Gibbs, Pacific Graveyard, p. 170.
Citation: Tacoma Public Library

Jane A. Falkenberg (barkentine)
"An important addition to the fleet in the Northwest this year was the barkentine Jane A. Falkenberg, which was bought by Capt. George Flavel. The Falkenberg had been running to the Columbia in the lumber trade, and, while Flavel was sailing his old schooner Halcyon up and down the coast, he often looked with envious eyes on the clipper that was never known to make a slow passage. Flavel had made considerable money with the Halcyon, carrying ice from Vancouver to San Francisco and bringing back Government freight. Along in the summer he made the owners of the Falkenberg such a good offer that they turned the vessel over to him. She arrived at Portland the first time in command of her new owner September 29th, with 530 tons of freight, which, according to the Oregonian, was the largest cargo that had ever been brought to Oregon. The same paper also paid a glowing tribute to Captain Flavel for his enterprise and ability as a navigator. The barkentine Jane A. Falkenberg was built at New Bedford in 1854, and came... Citation: Tacoma Public Library"

Jane A. Falkenberg (steamer)
"Among the fast passages of the Northwestern fleet were those of the Jane A. Falkenberg from Honolulu to Astoria in a few hours less than thirteen days. E. W. Wright, Loss of the 'Pacific,' New Transportation Companies on the Willamette and Columbia, Lewis & Dryden's Marine History of the Pacific Northwest. New York: Antiquarian Press, Ltd., 1961., p.237.
Citation: Tacoma Public Library"

Jane A.falkenberg (barkentine)
"American barkentine, 310 tons, stranded on Clatsop Spit in 1872. At first it was feared that she would be lost, but determined salvage efforts were rewarded, and the vessel was eventually refloated from her sandy perch. She was built at New Bedford in 1854, and came to the Pacific Coast the following year. She had clipper lines and seldom made a slow passage. Shortly after her arrival on the coast she was purchased by Captain George Flavel. James A. Gibbs, Jr. Pacific Graveyard. A narrative of the ships lost where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. Portland: Binfords and Mort, 1950, p. 153-190
Citation: Tacoma Public Library

Jane A.falkenburg
"1872 Aground on Clatsop Spit. Hauled off with no danger. Don Marshall, Ship disasters, Cape Falcon to Cape Disappointment, Oregon Shipwrecks. 1984, p. 127-34.
Citation: Tacoma Public Library"

Jane Falkenburg (barkentine)
"November, 1899 Barkentine,137'x29.7'x 11.9'. Built at New Bedford in 1854, she came west the following year. The trip took 115 days and gave the captain an idea as to how fast she really was. She made her first trip to Manila in 39 days, beating the famous clipper Flying Fish by 7 days. Captain Falkenburg was killed in San Francisco in February, 1856 and the ship was purchased by Captain George Flavel of Astoria. In 1861 he expertly guided her in a fantastic run of 31/2 days from Astoria to San Francisco. She collided once with the Brother Jonathan on that ship's last trip on the Columbia just prior to her loss. The Jane Falkenburg was a hard-working ship and a great money-maker. On her last voyage from Port Hadlock to San Francisco, the 45 year old vessel just had to give up and quietly slip forever into the encompassing arms of the sea. Don Marshall, Missing at Sea, Oregon Shipwrecks. Portland: Binford and Mort, 1984, p. 183-186."



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