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William Shew 
Panorama of San Francisco, California 
1852 (ca) 
Daguerreotype, one plate from a five plate panorama 
6 1/2 x 8 1/2 ins (16.51 x 21.59 cm) 
National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution 
Kenneth E. Behring Center, Id number: PG*00159, Accession number: 22955, Catalog number: 159 
Curatorial description (Accessed: 20 March 2016)
This individual scene from a daguerreotype panorama consisting of five whole-plate sections by photographer William Shew shows ships in the San Francisco, California harbor from Rincon Point, circa 1852. These ships were abandoned by sailors for the gold rush, and are in various stages of decay.
For the context - James P. Delgado, 1996, To California by Sea: A Maritime History of the California Gold Rush, (University of South Carolina Press) 

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