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The new committee was at work by April 4, proposing that captain Green and Alfred Sanford be the new agents to close the business. The proceeds of the sale were to be placed in the hands of Nathaniel Miller, who would pay each stockholder the amount due. The next day, Captain Green hired two men to assist in cleaning, and preparing the ship for sale. The same day, nine men left the ship to go to the mines and find their fortune. On April 9, the wind was too rough to move the ship! When the weather got better around April 20, the ship needed to be towed. The captain traveled a fourth time to San Francisco to hire a ship for the towing. An agreement was reached with the Mint (steamer) for $500. The captain returned on April 24, and informed everyone that the Mint (steamer) would take them in tow upon her return from Stockton. The next day was spent preparing the Sabina for towing. The Mint (steamer) arrived on April 25, and made an attempt to take the Sabina in tow, but could not accomplish the task because of the wind and the tide. The Sabina had to be anchored again! On April 26, Captain Green’s journal stated that “we cleared our anchor and hauled the ship out into the Bay.” He had hopes of sailing her to San Francisco! On Monday and Tuesday there were “strong gales from the westward”. This also kept six men from starting their journey to the gold mines. Again the captain made a fifth trip to San Francisco to hire another steamer to tow the Sabina. He agreed to pay the El Dorado (steamer) $600. On May 4, while the captain was still in San Francisco at 4 a.m., there was a great fire that caused extensive damage to the city, so the captain returned to his ship. The suspicious fire erupted in a building on the east side of the U.S. Exchange, a drinking and gambling house. With ashes still hot and smoking, the first evidence of arson was found. Within 10 days, San Franciscans rebuilt half of their city. “The great fires of 1850, while at the time considered a curse, were really beneficial to the city in their results. The old ramshackle shanties were replaced by more respectable buildings, a water supply system was secured for the city, an efficient volunteer fire department…and it became fashionable to become a fireman,” Katherine Chandler wrote in “San Francisco Statehood.” On Sept. 9 1850, California received statehood becoming the 31st state. Green’s journal stated on the next Monday the weather was nice with light winds from the west. The steamer El Dorado arrived early making “fast to the ship.” She towed the Sabina for 22 miles passed Benicia, and through the straits. The El Dorado ship’s machinery failed, and the 15p3.jpg














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