July 16, 1769, Junípero Serra founded the mother mission at the place called San Diego. The march from Mexico had ended, two ships had brought supplies with great effort. A chapel was erected on a hill overlooking the bay and Serra made an honest appeal but the Indians remained distant and doubtful. Portolá with a group of men pressed on to find the Bay of Monterey but failed to recognize it from the hills. In a further search to the north they stumbled on a great bay which was named San Francisco. Returning they found the padres at San Diego nearing starvation. The little ship sent back for supplies had not returned. Portolá was ready to retreat. Serra asked for nine days of prayer, his determined spirit prevailed and on the last day came the ship. The mother mission was saved and California was not abandoned.