George Coffin was born in massachusetts in 1814. Coffin was the captain of the ship Alhambra which sailed into San Francisco Bay with the Gold Rush in 1849. His ship having been abandoned, by 1860 he was working on the docks there as a stevedore.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"First 100 Years of Painting in California
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