The Captain William T. Thompson papers (SAFR 13571, HDC 25) is comprised of a logbook, cargo manifest, letter from Rebecca
Plummer to her mother, lineage of Abigail Low, newspaper clippings, and newspaper article from the Pacific dated 1887. The
collection dates are 1848-1851, 1887. This collection is processed to the collection level and is open for use without restrictions.
The FALCON was a paddle steamer built in New York in 1848, by William Brown. The wood hulled vessel measured 244' x 30' x
21', and gross weight of 891 tons. Her home port was New York. She was built to serve Boston & New York to New Orleans via
Savannah. After launching, the U.S. Mail Steamship Corporation awarded a contract to operate between New York and Chagres,
Panama carrying mail and passengers. The Pacific Mail Steamship Corporation would operate the other side of Panama and up
the California Coast. The FALCON was converted to a quarantine vessel in New York in 1859.
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