The Pacific Mail Steamship Company’s shipyard in Benicia, California, established in 1850, represents a very early case of hi-tech, vertically integrated industry on the West Coast. The Benicia works made an important impact on skilled labor, shipping, and economic development in the region.
Crucible of California Capitalism
Timothy Lynch is Associate Professor of History and Chair of the Department of Maritime Policy and Management at the California Maritime Academy, a specialized campus of the California State University. His specialty is West Coast maritime history. He serves as consultant to the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park and the National Park Service. His study “Beyond the Golden Gate: A Maritime History of California” was completed for that body.
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Timothy G. Lynch; Crucible of California Capitalism. Southern California Quarterly 1 November 2012; 94 (4): 410. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/scq.2012.94.4.410
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