California Gold Rush
Salem was poised to be active in the California Gold Rush with so many ships in the harbor waiting to be
involved in this exciting new event.
A long article in the E.I.H.C., called "On the early days and rapid growth of California" addresses some of these Salem connections,
including the role Capt. Bertram played in it.
Essex Institute Historical Collection Vol. 12 (1874) p. 104-131