Deane, Benjamin H. Journal, June 6-December 26, 1849, of a voyage from New York, New York to San Francisco, California in the ship Arkansas under the command of Captain Philip W. Shepheard. Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, California, # C-F 106. Actual dates of the journal were May 28-March 22, 1851. Early portion of the journal contains information on preparations for the voyage while later part contains information on activities in California. Deane was a member of the California Mutual Benefit and Joint Stock Company, an association of Methodists who owned the vessel. The Arkansas was wrecked on Alcatraz Island a day after they arrived in San Francisco but was salvaged and used as a store ship for many years.
De Costa, William H. Journal, February 9-August 22, 1849, of a voyage from Boston, Massachusetts to San Francisco, California in the ship Duxbury under the command of Captain W. C. Varina. Huntington Library, San Marino, California, HM 234 and 249. In his first entry he indicated he was not going to California "filled with big hopes of a speedy return, bent down with a burden of gold" like his fellow passengers. Rather he was going with "a small hope of doing something- what, I may not tell." Made stops at Rio de Janeiro and the Island of Juan Fernandez. He wrote long descriptions of both places although that of Rio de Janeiro was written after June 24 while the stop was in April. Has numerous long descriptions of happenings including the visit from King Neptune on March 25. Two days after arriving in San Francisco he "went to work in the office of the Pacific News intending by so doing to realize a fortune in a few days."
Denham, George. Journal, February 7-July 3, 1849, of a voyage from Holmes Hole (Vineyard Haven), Massachusetts to San Francisco, California in the schooner Rialto under the command of Captain Charles Downs. G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc., Mystic, Connecticut, Log 840. Denham was a homesick minister who went gold seeking. The vessel was owned by the Rialto Mining Company, most of whose 16 members were whaling captains. Because he had no previous experience at sea, he was ranked as a greenhand. This made his duties as the religious leader on the vessel quite difficult for him, and he became very disillusioned.
Denney, C. A. Journal, February 24-September 10, 1849, of a voyage from Boston, Massachusetts to San Francisco, California in the bark Orb under the command of Captain F. W. Moores. Huntington Library, San Marino, California, HM 40682. He was a member of the North Western Association. He stayed in California only 53 days and then sailed from San Francisco in the ship Memnon to Hawaii, China, and Boston.
Dole, Charles Augustus. Journal, March 17-November 3, 1849, of a voyage from Salem, Massachusetts to San Francisco, California in the bark LaGrange under the command of Captain Joseph Dewing. Peabody/Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts. Dole was a butcher from Danvers, Massachusetts. Entries are long and descriptive. Has numerous illustrations of the bark and ports entered in the Falkland Islands where they did considerable hunting for fresh meat. One drawing is of the LaGrange speaking the U. S. Revenue Cutter Service brig Lawrence at the entry for August 14. Another is of the LaGrange surrounded by whales at the entry for August 23. The journal was written on loose sheets the edges of some of which are damaged affecting some words. The entries are frequently long and descriptive.
Dornin, George. Reminiscences, 1849-1879. California State Library, Sacramento, California. Dornin sailed from New York, New York to San Francisco, California in the ship Panama under the command of Captain Russell L. Bodfish in 1849. His journal of that voyage was destroyed in 1855 when his residence burned. He prepared these reminiscences for his children.
Dougal, William H., Journal, April 7-November 22, 1849, of a voyage from New York, New York to San Francisco, California in the bark Galindo under the command of Captain P. B. Macy. Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, California, C-F 181. The Dugal collection also includes a few letters and some sketches by Dougal during the voyage. The journal, letters, and sketches were published in 1949 under the title Off for California.