Passengers arriving at the Port of San Franciscohed2
Arrive San Francisco
February 26, 1858
SS Golden Age
Commodore James Watkins
Daily Alta California, February 27, 1858
The P. M. S. S. Co's steamer Golden Age, Commodore Watkins, arrived yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock.
The P. M. S.S. Co's steamer Golden Age, Com. James Watkins, with passengers, mails and freight, from New York and New Orleans, per U.S.M.S.S. Co's steamer Moses Taylor, from New York, on Friday, Feb 5th, at 2 o'clock P.M., arrived at Aspinwall on Friday, 13th, inst. at midnight.
The steamer Grenada, with New Orleam passengers, arrived at Aspinwall at 6 o'clock P. M. same day. Passengers were transferred from each steamer immediately on their arrival, to the steamer Golden Age, which left her anchorage off Panama at 4 A. M., 14th inst.
On the 16th inst., at 7 o'clock A.M., in lat 9 deg. 26 min. N., lon. 87 deg. 30min. W., exchanged colors with P.M.S.S. Co's steamer Sonora.
Arrived at Acapulco, on Friday, 19th inst, at 1:30 P. M. , in 13 days, 23-1/2 hours from New York; received the usual supplies, and sailed at 6 P. M., arriving at Manzillo 20th inst., at 8 P.M..; left at 9 P.M., arriving at San Francisco on Friday, Feb 26, at 1:45 P.M., in 20 days 22-1/2 hours, from wharf to wharf, being the shortest passage ever made from New York.
Running time - 19 days, 12 hours.
At Aspinwall - The U.S. steamer Fulton, frigate Jamestown, and H.B.M. ship Brunswick, 90 guns.
At Panama - The U.S. Sloop Decatur, and H.M. frigate Havannah.
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