Passengers arriving at the Port of San Franciscohed2
Arrive San Francisco
June 13, 1853
Captain Lucas ( )
From San Juan del Sud via Panama
Daily Alta California, San Francisco, Tuesday Morning, June 14, 1853
ARRIVAL OF THE PACIFICNINE DAYS LATER FROM THE ATLANTIC STATES
Dreadful Railroad Accident at Norwalk!
Political and Miscellaneous News
European and South American Intelligence
The steamship Pacific, of the Vanderbilt Line, arrived in port at half past 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon, from Panama May 25th, by which we have irregular Atlantic dates to the 14th May, and from Panama to the day of sailing.
The following is the memoranda of the Pacific:
The Pacific sailed from Panama for San Juan del Sud May 25th, at half past 9 P.M., and arrived at half-past 8 A.M. on the 28th. Left I at port steamers Panama and Isthmus. The Panama arrived form San Francisco the 25th, at 11 A.M. The Pacific sailed from San Juan the 30th, at 3 P.M., with 317 passengers, of which 50 are ladies and 28 children. The steamer Sierra Nevada arrived at San Juan the 28th, at 7 A.M. The Pacific arrived at Acapulco the 3d of June, at 6 A.M., and sailed the 4th at half-past 6 A.M. The steamer Republic, A. McLean, commander, arrived at Acapulco the 3d inst. At 5 A.M., and sailed for Panama same day at half-past 11 A.M. Passed on the afternoon and night of the 7th inst., in latitude of Cape St. Lucas, two steamers bound down. Since passing Cape St. Lucas have had a succession of northerly and westerly gales and a heavy head sea; have been detained by a dense fog off the harbor ten hours. Arrived at 4:15 P.M. Steamer Sierra Nevada passed Acapulco the 24th May, at 10:45 A.M. Steamer J.L. Stephens arrived at Acapulco the 24th at half-past 3 P.M.
The most dreadful accident recorded in the history of Railroads occurred at Norwalk, Conn. (on the New Haven Railroad) on the 6th of May. The irregularity of our files renders it impossible to give the details of this great catastrophe. It seems, however, that in consequence of the negligence or stupidity of some of the employees of the Company, the signals were either wrongly given or misunderstood, by which an express passenger train was rushed upon a bridge while the draw was up, and the cars thrown through the break. Forty-five persons were killed and twenty-seven wounded (out of 218 passengers on board). This casualty has given rise to a great deal of discussion in the papers.
From another column in the Daily Alta:
We surrender our available space almost exclusively to the Atlantic, European, and South American news received by the Pacific. The incompleteness of our files prevents a full resume of the general intelligence since last advices. The most interesting feature of the news from the Atlantic is the dreadful railroad accident at Norwalk on the 6th May.
The news from Europe is not very important, or rather no important event has happened since our former dates. England and France are comparatively quiet, but they have assured the Porte of their protection in case of need. The people of Germany, Italy and Switzerland are very restless, and in the latter country an unsuccessful attempt has been made to start a revolution. Russia appears to be just now the most active of the European powers. She is making great demands of Turkey, and seems likely to have them granted; and at the same time is moving her troops down the Turkish frontier and making other warlike preparations. Western and Central Europe appears to be a volcano, slightly muttering as though mediating an eruption. The emigration to the United States continues to be large.
Baxter, D. and wife
Benton, Miss M.
Bergen, J. and son
Briggs, C. and wife
Briggs, J. and son
Buffington, Mrs. and three children
Campbell, Mrs. A.
Charleston, Mrs. C.C.
Clark, C.P. and child
Cohn, H., wife and servant
Cohn, Mrs. J.M. and three children
Crowley, J. and nephew
Donskee, J. (Might be Donagee)
Dunn, Mrs. J.M.
Eppstein, J., wife, two children and servant
Frehm, J. and lady
Goldatin, P. (Might be Goldateln or variation)
Griffin, L. and wife
Hays, Col. J.
Hewsen, Mrs. E. and two children
Husten, D. and wife
Jones, Mrs. M.P. and child
Kenneey, Mrs. (This immediately follows W. Kenney, so one may be a typographical error)
Kernan, Mrs. C. and two children
Kohn, Mr. and servant
Levy, Miss B. and servant
Lynch, Miss M.
Mitchell, Miss E.
Mitchell, Miss F.
Munro, Mrs. A.P.
Nicholls, Miss L.A.
Oliver, Mrs. E.
Pander, Mrs. C.
Parson, Mrs. and two children
Potier, Miss J.
Robach, C. and wife
Robinson, Mrs. E.
Ruthard, W. (Might be Rushard, Ruchard, or other)
Selby, J.N., wife and child
Serfield, E. and wife
Standish, E. and servant
Van Doon, G., and wife.
Waterman, Miss C.
Whitfield, Miss M.
Whitfield, Mrs. and child
Wolcker, L.L. (Might be Welcker)
Wright, Capt. T.
100 in steerage