Oh, for the life of a sailor in Gold-Rush San Francisco! Those hard-luck men and boys were lucky enough to witness the birth of a brand new wild west verb up close and personally: Shanghai!

Well, maybe not so lucky after all… the results were perhaps picturesque, but not at all pleasant.

Here are a few images from the period… cameras were few and far between, of course, but the image of the bar girls here is priceless…

Check out The Sea Wolf by Jack London (1904) for a vivid look at the harsh realities of life on the sea.