We started working on The Maritime Heritage Project about 18 years ago. It has been designed, redesigned, added to, changed, etc., throughout those years. Now, because of responsive Web design, it is again being updated.
This time, however, it is going through a full redesign due to cell phone use and for search engine convenience. The lists of ship passengers, which is perhaps the most valuable portion of the site, has been split into Ship Passengers along with copies of the pages on sea captains, VIPS (very important passengers), and quirky news stories of the day.
It is but one of the sites we manage that we’re scrambling to bring to its new electronic life on the World Wide Web (or, more accurately, your cell phone).
Of course, such updates are fun (when they’re not frustrating), because we seek new images, such as the map of the San Francisco Bay Area above — what’s new or fun about that, you may ask. It’s from the 1800s and it’s in Russian.
Folks along California’s West Coast constantly argue about who was here first. Our searches while building The Maritime Heritage Project site indicate that it may well have been Russians, Chinese, Japanese, and various Pacific Islanders. Islanders are sea people; they traveled thousands of miles in their craft.