Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Jasper Stahl (1844-1909) - Captains and pilots of CPRR steamers

From: "Heidi Cavagnolo"

My great grandfather was the pilot of the CPRR steamer Apache from at least 1881 until at least 1884, based on San Francisco City directories.

He was a pilot before this time and after until at least 1901. I don't know if the other steamers that he captained or piloted over the years were also for CPPR.

They were:
1893 Sonoma
1893 Aurora
1898 Onward
1901 Onward

Do you have a list of the steamers that were owned by CPRR and/or a list of the pilots/captains of the ships that CPRR owned between 1871 and 1909? ...

—Heidi Cavagnolo

Jasper Stahl, 1876
Jasper Stahl, 1876

Margaretha Bellmer Stahl, 1876
Margaretha Bellmer Stahl, 1876

Portraits courtesy of Heidi Cavagnolo.


Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

What is your great grandfather's name, vital statistics, and any available additional biographical information?

See bottom of p. 34 of the CPRR Annual Report, 1883.

Also see,


Government and Company Reports


8/17/2016 12:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From: "Heidi Cavagnolo"

... I found the 1883 annual report's listing of steamers and noticed that the list included the Apache as a river steamer. Is there any document that records the ship masters in the years he mastered the Apache?

Here is some additional information,

Jasper Stahl —
Described as captain, pilot, seaman, master, master mariner in city directories, voter registration and censuses

Born in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany 1844
Died in San Francisco 1909

1868 arrived in SF -24yrs
1870 seaman (voter records) - 26yrs
1871 captain, sloop P.A. Owens – P. A. Owens was a ship-chandler - a dealer in supplies and equipment for ships and boats.
1872 boatman
1873-1876 no Jasper Stahl in SF city directory
1877 pilot
1878 seaman
1879 pilot
1880 pilot
1881 pilot, steamer Apache
1882 pilot
1883 seaman
1884 pilot, CPRR steamer Apache
1885 pilot, steamer Apache
1886 pilot, steamer Apache
1887-1889 seaman
1890 cook (son John was working as a cook in 1889 and 1890
1891 pilot
1892 seaman, pilot
1893 Captain/pilot steamer Aurora (collision with Apache)
1893 master, Sonoma – 49yrs
1894 master mariner
1895 master, seaman
1896 master mariner
1897 master, steamer Aurora
1898 master, steamer Onward
1901 master, steamer Onward
1902 master, Onisbo
1903-1905 master mariner
1904 master, steamer Onward
1906 city dir limited to business
1907-1909 master mariner

Any additional information you can provide will be greatly appreciated,

—Heidi Cavagnolo

8/20/2016 2:52 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

See related.

8/20/2016 3:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anybody know the final fate of the steamer Apache? It is pictured in the Hunters Point River Boat Boneyard along with the Modoc circa 1929 but my current research suggests that is in error. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

1/22/2017 10:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From: "Heidi Cavagnolo"

I don't know anything much about the steamer Apache other than the fact that my grandfather Jasper Stahl was the pilot on the steamer Apache in the 1880's. I would appreciate any information you might have on that steamer.


1/23/2017 9:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From: "Heidi"

... I am also interested in knowing more about the Steamer Apache. ... Do you have a personal interest in this ship? After reading your [message], I searched for the photo of the ship in the Hunters Point River Boat Boneyard. Is it possible for you to email me the photo?


1/25/2017 4:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From: "Heidi"

I have been able to trace the Bellmers back several generations in Germany (town of Verden in northern Germany), but still looking for the correct Stahls. Lots of Stahls but I can't find the birth record for Jasper.


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