"This is the first time the steamship Californian has been in this port. Capt. Lord said it was his first trip here. The steamer was loaded with a miscellaneous cargo and berthed at the B & A docks in East Boston."
Boston Traveller, April 19, 1912, p.7. [also quoted by Leslie Reade in TSTSS]
This was what Paul Slish posted on 8th December 2006 on the following thread:-
Then further from Paul on the same thread:-
Boston Globe, April 27, 1912, p.4
"The Leyland Line steamship Californian is scheduled to leave here at 5 p m today for Liverpool, but unless Capt Stanley Lord, her commander, who was summoned to Washington to give testimony before the Senate Investigation Committee regarding the position of his vessel at the time the Titanic went down, returns the steamer's departure will have to be delayed."
"Her principal shipments will be 80,000 bushels of wheat, 25,000 bushels of corn, 1550 tons of Santo Domingo sugar, 1000 bales of cotton, 200 tons of hay, 300 tons of flour, 200 tons of lumber and a lot of general freight."
Thanks Julian, a very boring cargo! I can understand why they wouldn’t want any lit cigarettes around.