William McMurtrie's lithograph shows San Francisco from atop Telegraph Hill. The city transformed practically overnight from a small mission post to the largest city on the West coast. The population—only about 1,000 in 1848—boomed to 25,000 by the end of 1849. Many of the ships that brought fortune hunters were abandoned as their crews were lured to the gold mines; the ships were often converted to warehouses. Several are seen in this print, including the Apollo and Niantic. Other gold rush landmarks, Long Wharf and Pacific Street Wharf, can also be seen.