To California via Panama or Nicaragua
The California Steam Navigation Company was formed in 1854 to consolidate competing steamship companies in the San Francisco Bay Area and on the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers. In response to the Fraser Canyon gold rush and economic growth in the Pacific Northwest, the company expanded to ocean routes from San Francisco north to British Columbia. The smallpox plague ship Brother Jonathan played a significant role in Victoria’s harbour, and northwest coast history.
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