Steamer:  "Belle"

1854 April 29, Daily Placer Times and Transcript - An Exploration Trip - made by the Directors of the California Steam Navigation Company, has recently been made on the steamer Belle, reaching the junction of Clear Creek with the Sacramento River, a point three hundred and twenty-five miles above the city of Sacramento, and fifty miles higher than any steamboat has before ascended. The officers from Fort Reading, two miles from where the boat landed, made a visit to the Belle.~

1854 August 1, Alta California- The navigation of the Upper Sacramento River above Colusa has been suspended for the remainder of the season in consequence of the low state of the water. The steamer Belle arrived on her last trip from Red Bluffs on Thursday evening. The boats, however, will continue to run as usual to Colusa. A very small amount of money expended in removing the obstructions in the river above this latter point, would render the stream navigable throughout the year.~

1856 February 5, Sacramento - One of the worst riverboat disasters in California history occurred today when the steamboat Belle, bound for Red Bluff, exploded opposite the Russian Ford, 11 miles from here.

It is estimated that as many as 30 passengers and crew members were lost in the accident. The entire boat, with the exception of some 40 feet of the aft portion, sank immediately. The steamer General Reddington, on the downward trip, reached the scene shortly after the blast and took care of the survivors.

Captain Charles H. Houston of the Belle is among those known to have been killed. Among the injured is the well-known Major John Bidwell of Chico.~

1870 October 18, The Belle was snagged and sank down-river from Hovell's Landing. She had moved aside for one of the early hay schooners when she encountered a snag that poked a hole in her side and then a strong wind tilted her just enough to take on water. She sank in 15 feet of water.~


Steamer:  "Camanche"

1852 January 31, Sacramento Weekly Union (Sacramento, California) - Captain Littleton informs us that the Camanche is laid up at Tehama City. Fifteen of her passengers left in a whaleboat, and arrived here yesterday morning about 2 o'clock.~

1852 December 6, Daily Placer Times and Transcript (San Francisco, California)  - The fine steamer Camanche, Capt. Barchy commanding, will leave Pacific Wharf today at 4 o'clock, for Sacramento and Marysville.~


Steamer: "Capt. Sutter"

1849 January 31, Trenton State Gazette (New Jersey) - Two small steamers are now building by Birely & Son, Kensington, which are intended to navigate the waters of the Sacramento. They are to be called the Capt. Sutter and Sacramento.~

1852 January 31, Sacramento Weekly Union (Sacramento, California) - The Captain Sutter arrived last evening with 50 passengers from Colusa, having left there yesterday morning.~

1852 June 28, Daily Placer Times & Transcript - The new and fine steamer Capt. Sutter, M. Littleton, Master, having undergone thorough repairs has resumed her regular trips again twice a week, leaving Sacramento City every Wednesday and Saturday at 3 o'clock pm; returning, will leave Colusa every Monday and Friday morning on the arrival of the Shasta City stages. For freight or passage apply on board or to Fogus & Haynes, Sacramento City or to R.J. Walsh, Shasta City.~


Steamer:  "Dover"

1899 August 3, Searchlight, Redding, California - DIFFICULT NAVIGATION - WORK IS NEEDED ON THE UPPER SACRAMENTO - The steamer Dover was here [Colusa] Saturday from Red Bluff, ten days out from Sacramento. The Red Bluff papers said some days ago that the river was so bad above Tehama that the boats would have to abandon it, but Clerk Dwyer of the Dover tells us that the company will try to keep up trips, although it will be at a loss. The Dover was aground nine times between Red Bluff and the Bowers Landing, just below Chico Landing. The boat was drawing 25 inches of water. There was water enough everywhere, but the river washes into wooded banks and trees fall in, and invariably these are the deep water side, so that the boat is thrown off on the point or bar side. If the snagboat had attended to that part of the river there would have been but little trouble. The river banks up there are lined with wheat and the company is going to try to get it off, although no regular trips can be attempted. The river uo to the mouth of Stony Creek is in fair condition and something like regular trips can be made to Jacinto.--Colusa Sun~


Steamer:  "Express"

1852 January 31, Sacramento Weekly Union (Sacramento, California) - Another new and beautiful sylph of the wave made her appearance in our waters yesterday. She is called the Express, and was built at Rincon Point, S.F. She is intended for the Upper Sacramento trade, and left yesterday for Colusa - her first upward trip.


Steamer:  "Gem"


Steamer: "Jack Hays"

1849 - The Jack Hays was built in 1849 in Benicia as the Commodore Jones. In 1850, she was then lengthened to 87 feet and renamed the Jack Hays for the Texas Ranger Captain John Coffee Hays better known as Jack Hays who was elected Sheriff of San Francisco County in 1850.~

1850 - "Some time in the Spring of 1850, a small steamer, called Jack Hayes, went up the river above Colusa to what exact point we do not know." - WSG~

1850 - "When in the spring of 1850 the little steamer, the Jack Hays, in its attempt to reach Red Bluff was forced to turn back at a point a little above Tehama, some optimistic promoters conceived the idea that here was the head of navigation and proceeded to lay out a great city at the line between the Chard and Belden grants and named it Trinidad. But boats were slow to come and points higher up were loath to concede that boats could not reach them and some were coaxed almost to Redding. The uncertainty discouraged would-be purchasers and not many lots were sold, and so far as I can learn, no house was ever built, so Trinidad was a Ghost from the very beginning." - Frank S. Reager in the Vol I, Number II, August 1951 Issue of the Colusi County Historical Society publication Wagon Wheels.~

1850 June 11, Sacramento Transcript - ". . .The Steamer Jack Hays is now running to Tehama."~

1851 February 15, Alta California - The Steamer Jack Hays was snagged at the mouth of the Bear River on her way down from Marysville. She had two feet of water in her hold, but was expected to be got off.~

1852 October 14, Albany Evening Journal (Albany, NY) - Cal News - Capt William Smith of Massachusetts, aged 40, pilot of the Steamer, Jack Hays, fell overboard from that vessel on the 18th of September and was drowned.~

1854 April 20, Daily Democratic State Journal - Old Steamers with New Names - "The old steamer Jack Hays was changed to the Sioc, and is now the Reindeer."~


Steamer:  "Latona"

1857 April 11Daily Globe- The Shasta Republican has been informed that a steamboat will soon ascend the Sacramento River, to a place about one mile below the mouth of Clear Creek, in Shasta County. 

1857 April 27, Sacramento Bee - NAVIGATION - The Shasta Republican says:  "The steamer Latona arrived on Tuesday last at a point on the Sacramento River, about one mile below the mouth of Clear Creek and about fourteen miles from this place. She brought a number of passengers, but no freight. She started below on Wednesday morning to obtain freight. She will hereafter make regular trips to the point named. It is thought the navigation of the Upper Sacramento will soon be prosecuted as far up as Green's Ferrry."~


Steamer:  "Lawrence"

1849 February 6, New Hampshire Gazette (Portsmouth, NH) via Newburyport Herald - The little steamer Lawrence, which so profitably and successfully ran on the Merrimac, between Haverhill and Newburyport, last summer, has been sold to New Bedford Company, who take her out all prepared to put together again and run on the Sacramento River, directly into the heart of the gold region.~

1850 June 8, with Captain Chadwick in charge, the Lawrence came up the Sacramento River as far as Lassen's Rancho, Deer Creek. An eastern import, reassembled in California, the Lawrence made the first run to Stockton in 1849 and the first run "up the Feather River."~

1851 February 27, New Hampshire Sentinel (Keene, NH) - The steamer Lawrence which was sunk sometime since, has been raised.~

1851 August 20, Milwaukee Sentinel (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) - The steamer Lawrence has been sold at Sacramento for $10,000.~


Steamer: "Martha Jane"

1851 April 5, California Gazette- An experimental trip has been made up the Sacramento as far as Colusi in the steamboat Martha Jane; and it is said that this stream as far as Colusi is better adapted for navigation by steamboats of the class of the Fashion or Gov. Dana, than is the Feather River between Sacramento and Marysville. The distance to the Feather River mines is also said to be less and over a better road than by way of Marysville.~ 


Steamer:  "Marysville"

1852 January 31, Sacramento Weekly Union (Sacramento, California) - The Marysville left Colusa on Wednesday morning for Tehama City.~


Steamer:  "Orient"

1852 January 31, Sacramento Weekly Union (Sacramento, California) - The Orient is still high and dry, eight miles below Tehama City. A canal is being dug from the spot where she lies in the water, and it is expected she will soon be afloat.~


Steamer:  "Rainbow"

1862 April 3, Red Bluff Beacon -Not a word has the Horsetown Argus to say about the withdrawal of the Rainbow from the Upper Sacramento, and the abandonment of the project of navigating the river, by the owners of said boat. But it does say in one line, that another boat is to take the place of the Rainbow. What boat is it, friend Hart, and how long do you think it will navigate the upper waters? We will wager a glass of lager with you that not another boat will reach Reading during the year 1862.


Steamer: "Red Bluff"

1911 July 2, San Jose Mercury News (San Jose, CA) - Navigation Closes - The steamer Red Bluff arrived at Tehama on June 30th and owing to river conditions discharged cargo there and returned to Sacramento without making its way to Red Bluff. On account of low water it was deemed that it would be practically impossible to pass Chard's Channel, Blackberry Island and Sacramento Bar. The merchants regret that action cannot be gotten somewhere that will cause the expenditure of a few thousand dollars that will make the Sacramento a really navigable stream, giving the people the advantage of the stream as a means of enjoying low rates on heavy shipments.~


Steamer:  Victor

1863 April 11, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - CHANGE OF DAYS OF SAILING - The California Navigation Company's steamer Victor, having taken the place of the Gem on the route between Red Bluff and Sacramento, hereafter, until further notice, leaves Red Bluff every Monday and Thursday.~

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