Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s
SS North America
Arrive San Francisco
October 2, 1851
Captain James H. Blethen
From New York
210 days from New York, New York via intermediate ports.
Per North America - Sailed in company with steamers California and Republic for this port, and arrived at Acapulco on the 23d. On the 24th ult, off Acapulco, met steamer California returning to port, had broken some of her machinery. Left at San Juan, steamer Monumental City, waiting for passengers for this port; also steamer Gold Hunter for this port.
October 6, 1851, Sacramento Daily Union, Sacramento, California
THE NORTH AMERICA - The steamer North America, which arrived in our harbor on Friday, is one of the most finished pieces of naval architecture we have ever seen. She is commanded by Capt. J. H. Blethen, a gentleman long and favorably known on the Atlantic coast. Mr. E. Glynn is her first officer and Mr. E. B. Huggins is her second. Her chief engineer is Mr. S. B. Winship and her purser Mr. J. F. Norton. Her whole complement of crew numbers sixty-five, not including officers.
She is so constructed as to combine speed with the most ample accommodations. She is 2,000 tons burthen, 275 feet long, 34 feet beam, by 24 feet hold. Her cabin and steerage are capacious enough for five hundred passengers. She has beam engines which are 12 feet stroke and 76 inch cylinder.
On the trip from New York her greatest distance in twenty-four hours was 335 miles and the shortest run she made during the same time was 125 miles. She made the trip from Panama here in twelve days and twenty one hours running time. She leaves again for San Juan del Sur on the 15th inst.
To E. Knight
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