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September 25, 1854
SS Peytona
Captain Simpson
From Honolulu


Daily Alta California, September 26, 1854


The steamer Peytona, Capt. Simpson, arrived yesterday from Honolulu, which port she left on the 7th inst. She reports having been detained on the passage for want of coal, and therefore brings no later dates than the Restless. The following is her memoranda and passengers:


Left San Francisco Aug. 23, made the passage to Honolulu in nine days, with twelve pounds of steam and light winds. Returning, left Honolulu Sept. 7th, at 6 P. M.

By an unaccountable oversight we became short of coal on the 7th day out, within 750 miles of this port, and to cap all were becalmed 6 days, then took abreeze and arrived off the Heads on Sunday morning, the 24th, and was enveloped in thick fog. On the 22d, came up with and spoke Lady Fitzherbert, of Bristol, England, McMullen, from London, April 13th, and Rio Janeiro, June 4th, bound to this port.


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Baker, Capt.
Baylls, G. A.
Bowers, Jr., C. E.
Bowlin, J.
Brady, Mrs. J.
Brown, Miss P. A.
Broy, Miss M.
Carpenter, J.
Chapman, Chas.
Clarke, A. K. (H. )
Coggshall ( ), B.
Cotter, John
Earls, R.
Gladding, J.
Haroy, J.
Hazard, O.
Hooper, Capt.
Jacobs, S.
Jones, Samuel H.
Kindall, H.
Ladde, John
Mitchell, Capt.
Pinchbeck, Wm.
Poor, C. A.
Rogers, G. W.
Shelton, S. W.
Smith, J.
Smith, R.
Snow, A. B.
Sparrow, W.
Turner, Rev. W. S.
Wilkes, Geo.
Williams, W. P.
Wolf, Col. Wm.

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