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Ship Passengers, San Francisco: 1846-1899

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Due to new WWW and Google formatting guidelines, 18 years worth of coding on more than 2,500 entries is being updated, Also, lists of gold seekers, opportunists and immigrants sailing into San Francisco during the 1800s are going on a new site -- Ship Passengers. This may take awhile. Please stopover from time to time. Thank you.

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Ships arriving at the Port of San Francisco

Arrivals 1855

Please note: Generally, these merchant ship arrivals are included to give an idea of the volume and type of goods into early San Francisco. If you had the money during the 1800s, you could have anything your heart desired. Listings are by no means complete; names of passengers on these vessels are often unavailable.
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Importations per Winged Arrow February 9, 1855.




Advertisements from 1855.



August 6, 1855, New York Daily Times, New York, New York

From the Alta, July 16, 1855
The Cholera on Board the Sierra Nevada

Considerable excitement exists throughout town regarding the appearance of the cholera on board the steamer Sierra Nevada, during her passage from San Juan to this port.

The disease was in New Orleans at the latest dates, where nearly 150 per week were dying. No signs of it appeared among the passengers until, at Virgin Bay, a young girl who had been eating fruit imprudently was taken with a severe cramp and died in a few hours; those who were accustomed to the disease pronounced it at once cholera of the most violent type. On the arrival of the passengers al San Juan del Sur, several others ded, and at Consul Priest's American Hotel there were three dead bodies at one time. Twenty dollars were offered and refused to bury them. The natives generally left the town.

A few days out from San Juan the cholera appeared among the passengers, and continued to rage with great fury up to the day of arrival here (Saturday.). The deaths on board amount to 30. Our informant, one of the passengers, states that in one four hour watch seven cases terminated fatally. The chief mate of the steamer, Mr. Perry, died on Friday. The doctor did not succeed in saving one case. Most of them were among the steerage passengers, though several died in the upper and lower cabins. Among these was Rev. C.B. WEST, who was on his way here to take charge of a congregation in one of the interior towns. There are now three cases on board the steamer at teh wharf, which the Coroner asserts are likely to prove fatal. Two women died yesterday morning, one named Mary Ann Allen, aged twenty one years, who was to have been married to a gentleman in Nevada, who had written for her to come out and join him. Her body is now at the office of the Coroner.

Ex Mayor GARRISON is taking the most energetic steps in the matter, and has dispatched the best medical aid in the city to attend the suffers on board the steamer. We hear the most flattering accounts of the conduct of Capt. Blethen during the trying scenes on board the Sierra Nevada. For a number of nights, he did not take his clothes off, and, regardless of danger, was in attendance in all parts of the ship to lend assistance and soothe the the last moments of the dying.

We furnish herewith a list of the dead, as reported by Purser FOSTER, who, we learn did everything in his power to alleviate the distress around him. Mrs. Rebecca Hirschman, whose name appears on this list, was a lovely girl from Europe, aged sixteen years. The two brothers, who had sent for her, resided at Nevada. One o fthem, who had not seen her for seven years (Henry Hirschman), was in the city awaiting her arrival. As soon as the steamer was telegraphed, he procured a small boat and proceeded on board. After inquiring of several passengers, he received the dreaded intelligence that she died when the steamer was four day's sail from this port. She is said to have been one of the most lovely of her sex. The gentleman that attended her during her sickness showed her every attention and did all in his power to restore her to health, but to no avail. A Her brother obtained her trunks and found a lock of hair, which she clipped for her loved brothers in California. In one instance, a whole family, hunband, wife and child, died in three successive days.


(Editor's Note: List is extremely difficult to read so we have included the list from the Sacramento Daily Union, July 17, 1855 below the clipping)

Passenger Deaths On the Sierra Nevada July 1855.

July 4: Joshua Lord
July 7: C. B. West
July 10: Miss R. Hirschman
July 8: Infant of T. H. Brown
July 10: T. H. Brown
July 11: Mrs. T. H. Brown

July 7: Chas. Berg
July 7: Thos Morrison
July 7: James Rogers
July 7: Gerd. Behnken
July 7: John Collins
July 8: Infant of Mrs. Riley
July 9: Mrs. Sarah Mullins
July 9: Wm. Slatterly
July 10: Charles Bole
July 10: William Scotley
July 10: S. Camps (or Campo)
July 10: Pat Connell
July 11: J.H. Pope
July 11: Jesse Barstow
July 11: Hugh Mealy
July 11: James Fox
July 11: Ang. Mayer
July 11: Ralph Seymour
July 12: James Gallagher
July 13: J. Madden

July 14: John Perry, 1st Officer
July 8: James Buckley, Seaman
July 8: Mayor
J. G. Foster, Purser

July 17, 1855, Sacramento Daily Union, Sacramento, California

San Francisco during the 1800s.
San Francisco, California

LIST OF THE DEAD: The following list of the persons who died on board the Sierra Nevadaon her passage to the is port has been handed to us by the agent of the Nicaragua SS Co in this city: Joshua Lord, C.B. West, Miss Rosalie Hirschman, T.H. Brown, Mrs. T.H. Brown, infant T.H. Brown, H. Amew, Chas. Berg, Thos. Morrison, James Rogers, Gerd. Behnken, John Collins, infant Mrs. Riley, Miss Sarah Mullins, Wm. Slatterly, Charles Bole, Wm. Scottey, S. Camps, Pat Connell, J. H. Pope, Jesse Barstor, Hugh Mealy, Jas. Fox, Ang. Mayer, Ralph Seymour, Jas Gallagher, J. Madden, John Perry, James Buckley, Mayor. -- Chronicle


Ad for the Sierra Nevada, Captain Blethen, August 1855.



Ship Andrew Jackson in San Francisco 1855.