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"It's unwise to pay too much, but it's worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money - that's all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot - it can't be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better." -  John Ruskin 1819-1900

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Photo of the Week 168: 100 Years

General Steamship Corporation celebrates our 100th year of service. From our humble beginnings as a small shipping line based in San Francisco, CA to the large port agency network that we are today, we would like to take a moment to look back on our rich history over the past century.

Pier 39 – San Francisco, CA 1920. Our founding location.

General Steamship Corporation celebrates our 100th year of service. From our humble beginnings as a small shipping line based in San Francisco, CA to the large port agency network that we are today, we would like to take a moment to look back on our rich history over the past century. <br /> <br /> Pier 39 – San Francisco, CA 1920. Our founding location.

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Horses arrive at LA Harbor General Steamship Corp Wilmington, CA office pictured. Circa 1940.

Horses arrive at LA Harbor General Steamship Corp Wilmington, CA office pictured. Circa 1940.

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General Steamship Seattle Office – 1930s.

General Steamship Seattle Office – 1930s.

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Christmas Flood of 1964-65 – Portland, OR. The Christmas flood of 1964 was "the most severe rainstorm to ever occur over central Oregon, and among the most severe over western Oregon since the late 1870s", according to the National Weather Service office in Portland. Pictured is General Steamship Corporation’s “Ocean Terminals” warehouse along the Willamette River in Portland, OR. In the background is Portland’s Steel Bridge along with the current day Louis Dreyfus grain elevator.

Christmas Flood of 1964-65 – Portland, OR. The Christmas flood of 1964 was

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Fire Boat No. 1 – Commissioned August 1, 1919. Wilmington, CA.

Fire Boat No. 1 – Commissioned August 1, 1919. Wilmington, CA.

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Pan American China Clipper flies over San Francisco harbor, circa 1935. General Steamship pier and shed are seen below right of aircraft. (photo by Clyde Sunderland, courtesy of Tor Welch).

 Pan American China Clipper flies over San Francisco harbor, circa 1935. General Steamship pier and shed are seen below right of aircraft. (photo by Clyde Sunderland, courtesy of Tor Welch).

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Various Mail from worldwide customers.

Various Mail from worldwide customers.

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Old advertisements.

Old advertisements.

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Photo(s) provided by Evan Jones on 2019-03-27