Passengers at the Port of San Francisco: 1800sShip Sir Charles Napier
Arrive San Francisco
May 21, 1852
Ship Sir Charles Napier
Sir Charles Napier was a fully rigged sailing ship of 638 tons, built 1841 and lost November, 1857. The cause of the wrecking was attributed to the innacuracy of the compass due to the quantity of iron and its placement on the ship.
Daily Alta California, May 22, 1852
The British ship Sir Charles Napier, Captain Webster, arrived
yesterday morning, 90 days from Panama, with 18 cabin passengers and 156 steerage. When out one week from Panama, the measles, dysentery and fever began to show themselves, and continued with more or less virulence for about three weeks in which time no less than thirty-six were consigned to the deep.
A succession of calms common near the equator, no doubt caused this great mortality, as the heat at that time was most excessive. Although the passage was ninety days from port to port, there were not thirty of them on which there was wind enough to keep her sails full. All appearance of disease left the vessel some weeks previous to her arrival in port.
The following is a list of the passengers who died on board; also the place from which they came:
Adley, black boy, Burke Co., 8th March, aged 23
Alec, black boy, McDowell Co., 8th April, aged 27
Baker, Z., Lumpkin Co., 3rd March, aged 35
Banks, T., Murray Co., 9th March, aged 45
Birt, A. K., Lumpkin Co., 30th March, aged 23
Birt, William, Lumpkin Co., 25th Mrch, aged 20
Buckelin, A., Grafton Co., 9th March, aged 38
Buckelin, S. (noted on lists in Louis Rasmussen's San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists, Volume I, but not in the newspaper)
Burns, M., Jackson Co., 6th March, aged 21
Carson, G., Lumpkin Co., 5th March, aged 26
Conley, A., McDowell Co., 5th March, aged 21
Conley, J. P., McDowell Co., 16th March, aged 20
Croane, W. J., Gordon Co., 3rd April, aged 19
Dawson, W. A., Gordon Co., 7th April, aged 30
Dickenson, E., New York, 13th April, aged 21
Finley, Jas., McDowell Co., 2nd March, aged 20
Grimble, Z., Gordon Co., 7th March, aged 35 (according to Rasmussen's lists, this is "Grindle")
Hamblin, James, Murray Co., Ga., 2nd March, aged 33
Harris, T., Jackson Co., 3rd March, aged 34
Kincaid, J. M., Burke Co., 24th Feb., aged 22
King, Jas, Boston, Mass, 3rd March, aged 30
Leck, A (noted on lists in Louis Rasmussen's San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists, Volume I, but not in the newspaper)
Loveless, A. D., Cass Co., 5th April, aged 22
McGuire, Jas, New Orleans, 2nd March, aged 45 (according to Rasmussen's lists, this is "J. Guire")
O'Neill, James, Jersey City, 13th March, aged 35 (Rasmussen's list has this as "James O'Niel")
Osborne, black boy, Burke Co., 10th March, aged 18
Qumlin, J. W., Cass Co., 28th March, aged 20
Reid, A., Cass Co., 13th April, aged 25
Ring, James (noted on lists in Louis Rasmussen's San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists, Volume I, but not in the newspaper)
Robertson, T., Gordon Co., 19th March, aged 25
Robinson, C. (noted on lists in Louis Rasmussen's San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists, Volume I, but not in the newspaper)
Rodgers, M., Cherokee Co., 1st March, aged 22
Rodgers, M., Cherokee Co., 1st March, aged 45
Rodgers, W., Penn, 5th March, aged 40
Rouse, E., Lumpkin Co., 15th April, aged 24
Sears, John, Gordon Co., 16th March, aged 22
Souley, A. (noted on lists in Louis Rasmussen's San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists, Volume I, but not in the newspaper)
Tuckelin, T., Grafton Co., 17th March, aged 20
Vincent, J., Cass Co., 4th April, aged 30
Walter, G. (noted on lists in Louis Rasmussen's San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists, Volume I, but not in the newspaper)
Walton, Jesse, McDowell Co., 2nd March, aged 46
Wickett, Boly, Gordon Co., 11th March, aged 23
Williams, M., Grafton Co., 2nd April, aged 29
Shipping Intelligence: Ship Sir Charles Napier, (Br), Webster, 90 days from Panama, 260 tons coal to Montefiore & Burgoyne. 217 passengers; 6 females; 36 died on the passage.
260 tons coal, to Montefiore & Burgoyne.
(Note: In the obituaries above, black men were listed with one name only. There are quite a few single names on this list, which may indicate that they are black men. It is worth looking into and we will attempt to find additional information. A few ships in California Coastal waters sailed with all-black crews.)
Daily Alta California, March 22, 1852
Ballard, P. M.
Bannister, W. D.
Beardon, W. C.
Berry, W. P.
Brown, C. and child
Clarke, Jno and child
Clarkes, and two children under 12 years of age
Collett, W. (Is entered as W. Colllett)
Collins, B. Z.
Davis, J. M.
Denny, E. H.
Donahue, (Rasmussen noted "Dohahue")
Harrison, W. C.
Henry (last name unknown, indicating this may be a black servant)
Horgan, R. L.
Howell, C. C.
Irvine, J. D.
Johnstone, P. M.
Kincaid, J. A.
Kincaid, J. B.
Kinner, J. L.
McHaffy, (noted on Rasmussen's lists, but not in newspaper)
Martin, J. E.
O Hara, D.
Peoples, D. M.
Peoples, E. P.
Peoples, J. H.
Price, J. E.
Rarrett, W. J.
Spriggs, A. J.
Swiney, J. M.
Editor's Note: In 1841, the Sir Charles Napier sailed from Liverpool, England to Sydney, Australia, arriving on April 10, 1842. When the Sir Charles Napier arrived in NSW in 1842 it was reported in the newspaper that she carried 234 bounty immigrants and 10 passengers. The bounty list contains 237 names including the name of a baby born to a married couple during the voyage. The names of 2 other babies born to single women during the voyage were not included but perhaps they were among the 8 children who died during the voyage. Also to die during the voyage were 2 adults and the Captain of the ship. The ship had sailed with Captain Huxtable in charge but he died of consumption 2 weeks into the voyage. 1st Mate Hayes was then promoted to Captain, and the ship arrived in NSW under the charge of Captain Hayes. Their story is here: William Lee (1799-1864)