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Currier & Ives rendering of the Burning of the Steamship Golden Gate

"July 27, 1982: On her voyage from San Francisco to Panama, on board 242 passengers and and a crew of 95 persons of whom only about 100 are known to have been saved."

One of at least two popular paintings made after the sinking, which would kill John Fry, Jr. on a return trip to Ohio. Another was made and hung in the Daily Alta California newspaper, of San Francisco. That second painting may be in the California Historical Library, in Sacramento, CA.

A number of vivid survivor accounts of the disaster were published immediately -- and in years afterwards. One survivor, Benjamin J. Holladay, acquired the Pony Express in 1862, selling it four years later to Wells Fargo Express Co. Holladay also owned the California, Oregon & Mexico Steamship Company.

A full account of the sinking of the SS Golden Gate is here.





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