Passengers arriving at the Port of San Francisco
Arrive San Francisco
May 6, 1853
SS Sierra Nevada
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Sacramento Daily Union, Sacramento, California, May 9, 1853
Our San Francisco Correspondence.
San Francisco May 7, 1853
The Sierra Nevada arrived last evening, from San Juan, with about five hundred passengers. The S. N. reports a collision with the Golden Gate, off Cerros Island, which would not have occurred had the former pursued the proper course, namely, in plain road language, keeping to the right as did the G. G. Mr. Purser Foster, with his usual imaginative qualities, states that the G.G. crossed the bows of the S.N. from some unaccountable motive, whereas she was only keeping her proper course, and the Sierra Nevada was not.
Two of the firemen of the Sierra Nevada were arrested last evening, and aken before the U.S. Marshall, for an attempt to blow up the steamer during her passage to this place. It appears that they let all the water to run out of the boilers, which was discovered just in time by the Engineer, to prevent an explosion. ~~ MARK.
Sacramento Daily Union, May 9, 1853
Arrival of the Sierra Nevada
The Sierra Nevada, from San Juan del Sud, arrived at San Francisco on Friday. Her dates are no later than those already received.
MEMORANDA. Steamship Sierra Nevada left San Francisco in company with steamer Cortes. April 1: passed the Cortes at 11 o'clock same evening, and arrived at San Juan April 12 11 days out. Passenger's embarked on the Atlantic steamer Star of the West, on Sunday, 17th, and doubtless arrived at New York on the 24th, in 23-1/2 days from San Francisco. Experienced fine weather after the first day. Left San Juan Del Sud April 23d, and arrived here Friday evening, with 555 passengers, all healthy no deaths nor sickness during the passage. Had strong head winds and heavy seas the last 7 days. Tuesday, 3d instant. 1 a. m. off Cerros Island, saw steamer's light bound down, which proved to be the Golden Gate, half point on our starboard bow; observing her presently to be drawing towards up until full near for safety, it blowing fresh and considerable sea running, put our helm to starboard in order to give her a berth, and from some unaccountable motive she crossed our bows, and had not our engines been instantly stopped on seeing her design, would have struck us by the forward rigging, but fortunately our bowsprit only was carried away, by coming in contact with her larboard quarter as she passed.
Left in port. U. S. sloop of war Portsmouth, Commander Dornin, last from Panama; officers and crew all well. Also, bark Laurens, Logan, discharging, soon to sail for Chincha Islands. Among the passengers by the S. N. is Gov. Lane and suite, on his way to Oregon to assume the Governorship of that Territory.
The San Francisco Whig says:
Great excitement had ensued on board, owing to the discovery by the Engineer of a plot to blow up the ship, by letting off the steam from the boilers. Two of the firemen, named Brofey and Scotty, were defeated in this attempt on the passage to San Juan, on the morning of the 7th of April. Nothing was said about it at the time, and on the return passage a similar attempt was made on the 24th and 27th instants. The fire was withdrawn as speedily as possible and the catastrophe prevented, though with the greatest difficulty. The men were allowed to go at large until the day of the steamer's arrival at this port, when they were put in irons, and are now in custody. The case will probably be speedily examined by the Recorder, when the full facts will be developed.
To J. K. Garrison.
Daily Alta California, May 8, 1853, San Francisco, California
Daily Alta California, May 7, 1853