San Carlos

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San Carlos (fl. 1787), packetboat of 196 tons; owner, Spanish government. In 1787-1789, the California otter trade met with approval of Mexican authorities under a revised plan and rules. In November 1787, San Carlos and Favorita took a joint cargo of 1750 otter skins to San Blas. Of these, 1,133 were received at San Diego from the Lower California missions. Monterey with 220 skins and Santa Barbara with 166 were the largest contributors in Upper California. From San Blas the skins were sent overland to Mexico City to be dressed. From there they were placed in pitch-covered boxes to preserve them from moths, and transported to a waiting Manila galleon at Acapulco.


San Carlos Sailing schedule 1787:
______, San Blas;
October 6, at Monterey;
______, San Blas
San Carlos Sailing schedule 1790:



  • Ogden, Adele. The California Sea Otter Trade 1784-1848. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1941