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Passengers at the Port of San Francisco: 1800sSS Sarah Sands

Arrive San Francisco

April 10, 1851
SS Sarah Sands
Captain Isley
From Panama via Acapulco, Mexico and San Diego, California


Daily Alta California, Shipping Intelligence, Port San Francisco
Died at sea during passage: Aniedd Perez of Havana; ernard Woolf of New Orleans, Louisiana; Job Statford of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Born durin gpassage: Mrs. J.P. Kellinger, of a son, at sea.


Sarah Sands arrives in San Francisco April 11, 1851.

Rev. Robert O. Clark, lady, son and servant
Mr. Perey
G. Sandak
A. Stolz
Mrs. Todd and three children
Judge P. W. Thompkins
A. Lewis
Mr. Ridd
Mr. Bertuli
M. Schwatt
J. Gray
H. Martin
J. P. Skellinger, wife and son
Morris Lisso
W. L. Swan
B. Wolf
Thomas Martin
John Maritn
Newstead and brother
H. Twitchell
George Bishop
A. H. Moore
John Burton
Joel Hart
J. H. Van Straaton
John Gay
Samuel Waters
Samuel Richards
L. Marks
S. Marks
James M. Dean
John W. Bergan
Joseph Jeffrey
A. Arcoss
J.F. Winley, lady and child
Mr. Dusolier
B. N. Newman
B. E. Davis and lady
Mrs. G. W. Phillips
John L. Jones
J. B. Ulm
Mrs. Crocker
J. Bourdan
H. M. Stevenson
W. H. Hyde and lady
E. Vine
A. B. Fully
Thomas Harris
A. Sharack
H. Stocker
J. McDermott
James Posmer
G. D. Mecker
S. Jacobs
D. P. Stelle
G. A. Boutelle
A. Cockell
L. S. Lawrence
J. T. Lawrence
Mark Shawl, wife and brother
Joseph Brown
John Frize
Charles Barton
Joseph Munich
G. Bloudeau
John Russell
Lewis Hill
William Skienfeldt
William Haskins
Miss Bowen
Mr. Auger
Mrs. Green and three children
Mrs. Washly and servant
Miss Washly
Mr. Cricaca
Mr. Carlcotta
Mr. Linghank
R. Towe
J. P. Smith and wife
H. Collins
E. Morris
J. Nelson
M. Fabian
S. Harris
Morris Collins
George Castlebury
P. Kamfielle
C. Coffin
G. Cook
Luther P. Ranney
J. P. Ludel
John Pierce
Louis Antoin
Jacob Antoni
John Perdlieux
James Thomas
M. Levison
Mark Smith
H. W. Dunlap
Joseph Statford
J. Edwards
James Stevens

Passengers from Acapulco:
A. Arcoss
S. Arcos
Mrs. C. Bowman
H. Kraft, lady and servant
N.C. Schutte
S. Alvarez
F. Frecon
S. Jacobi
J. Mason
R. Verneuil
S. Candle
H. Smith
S. Osgen
Joseph Roco
Ignacio Hatch
Francis Torrell
Wm. Treugrove and son
N. Kaiser
T. Leibeu
P. Mish
Wm Davy
Nich Harisch
S. D. Mickell
Judge O. C. Pratt
William Treugrove and son
Nick Harish

Vigilantes in Gold Rush San Francisco.Vigilantes in San Francisco.
Vigilantes in Gold Rush San FranciscoVigilantes in San Francisco.
Robert Senkewicz S.J.
Stories of San Francisco raucous early days.

Against the Vigilantes:
The Recollections of
Dutch Charley Duane
Excerpted from Wild West Magazine, June 2000: The two largest movements of vigilantism in the American West occurred in 1851 and 1856 San Francisco during the California Gold Rush. Not in favor of the Committee was Charles P. ("Dutch Charley") Duane. In '51, the Committee of Vigilance banished Dutch Charley from San Francisco, saying he would face a penalty of death if he returned. Seems he had been involved in at least seven brawls, including the beating and shooting of a French actor named Amedee Fayolle. When the vigilantes disbanded that fall, Duane was soon back in town and making trouble again. During the next several years, he was involved in at least half a dozen violent incidents. When the San Francisco Committee of Vigilance formed in 1856, it targeted Dutch Charley and once again warned him to leave and never to return under penalty of death.

However, Dutch Charley was also a fearless fireman. He played a courageous role in saving much of the St. Francis Hotel from a fiery fate in October 1853 and, less than two months after that, was elected chief engineer of the fire department. When the heat died down after his 1856 banishment from San Francisco, Duane returned to town early in 1860 and, within weeks, was honored during a fire department meeting. Dutch Charley would stay put, become involved in politics again (he had once been a chief henchman for the politically powerful David C. Broderick), and outlast most of his drinking buddies.

San Francisco's Famous Police Detective.Vigilantes in San Francisco.
Dark and Tangled Threads of Crime: San Francisco's Famous Police Detective, Isaiah W. LeesVigilantes in San Francisco.
William B. Secrest.f
He came to California with the great Gold Rush, but instead of riches, Isaiah W. Lees discovered his great talent for solving crimes and catching criminals. He captured stage robbers in Missouri, tracked con men to New York and caught the notorious eastern bank robber, Jimmy Hope in the middle of a San Francisco heist.

San Francisco in the 1850’s, was the gateway to the gold fields, a city filled with adventurers, outlaws, con men and desperadoes of every description. In 1853 Isaiah Lees was appointed the first Chief of Detectives on the new Police Force and during nearly fifty years he acquired an amazing record. An innovator of police methods, Lees easily eclipsed such legendary lawman as Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp. When he retired as chief in 1900, the San Francisco Chronicle stated that “in point of service, no one has ever equaled the record of Lees.” He was the right man, in the right place, at the right time, and this is his exciting, true story, told here for the first time.

Murder by the Bay. Murder by the Bay:
Historic Homicide in and about the City of San Francisco
Murder by the Bay.
Charles F. Adams
Documenting the murders in San Francisco that captivated both the city and the country, this history shows how the Bay Area can compete with Paris, London, and New York in the splendor of its suspenseful, horrifying, and audacious misdeeds. From the Montgomery Street killing of James King of William, editor of the Daily Evening Bulletin, in 1856 and the sensational trial of the early-movie comedian Fatty Arbuckle who was accused of killing a showgirl at a party in the St. Francis Hotel to the shocking "City Hall Murders." The homicides chronicled have been selected because a convergence of personality, circumstance, character, and geography makes them peculiarly San Franciscan. In addition to the facts, the historical importance of each of these crimes--whether they changed a law or revealed a shortcoming in society--is analyzed.

Committee of Vigilance:
The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Law and Order Committee, 1916-1919:
A Case Study in Official Hysteria
Vigilantes in San Francisco.
Steven C. Levi

Imperial San Francisco DeYoungs, Hearsts.Vigilantes in San Francisco.
Imperial San Francisco: Urban Power, Earthly Ruin
(California Studies in Critical Human Geography)

Gray Brechin.
1800s San Francisco: Skullduggery, racist arrogance, environmental ruin, ruthless competition. 2000s: Has it changed? Challenging San Francisco's popular image as a tolerant, carefree, gracious city, Brechin unearths 150 years of deeply unsettling history. San Francisco's founding aristocracy were Southerners drawn to California as a mecca newly opened up for enterpriseAparticularly for plantation culture. After the 1849 gold rush, San Francisco was built on what Brechin terms a "Pyramid of Mining"Aa pre-capitalist financial structure employed from Roman times through the Renaissance, uniting miners, financiers, the military and land speculators in a power elite whose only concern was limitless economic growth.

San Francisco 1846-1856.
San Francisco, 1846-1856:
From Hamlet to City
San Francisco 1846 to 1856.
Roger W. Lotchin
A classic study of America's most admired instant city, from its days as a sleepy Mexican village, through the Gold Rush and into its establishment as a major international port. Roger Lotchin examines the urbanizing influences in San Francisco and compares these to other urban centers, doing so against a diverse backdrop of vigilantes, opium dens, and other unforgettable institutions.

History of the San Francisco Committee of Vigilance of 1851 A Study of Social Control on the California Frontier in the Days of the Gold RushHistory of the San Francisco Committee of Vigilance.

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