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SS Winfield Scott

Arrive San Francisco

December 31, 1852
SS Winfield Scott
Captain E. W. Dunn
From Panama

Passage

December 30, 1852, Daily Alta California, San Francsico, California, U.S.A.

The steamers S. S. Lewis and Winfield Scott have been due some days. The extraordinary continuance of this stormy weather gives good ground for the supposition that it has extended far into the Pacific, net venting itself merely in rain, but also in howling gales of wind. The recent severe blow experienced here would, according to the theory of storms as explained by Redfield, (and which is generally adopted as reasonable and in accordance with the experience of all navigators,) have commenced here and worked its way to the southward and eastward, perhaps, gaining in impetuosity and violence as it progressed, up to a certain latitude. We do not infer that any serious accident has transpired with regard to the S. S. Lewis or the Winfield Scott, both of which have been looked for daily for some time. But it is highly probable that their progress has been seriously impeded by that storm.

January 1, 1853, Daily Alta California, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

The fine steamer Winfield Scott, Capt. Dunn, arrived yesterday morning from Panama, which port she left on the 14th December. The Winfield Scott arrived off the Heads on the 28th, but owing to the foul weather could not get in until yesterday. We have files of Panama papers to the 13th, but nothing later from the Atlantic. We have no news of importance by this arrival.

Memoranda.

Per steamship Winfield Scott--The Winfield Scott, Capt E. W. Dunn, from Panama, arrived off the Heads at 2 o clock P.M. on the 28th inst., but owing to the dense fog was detained outside until this morning. The Scott made the run from Panama in 14 days: she was detained 23 hours in Acapulco. Since the 21st, she has experienced strong gales from the N.W. and for the last 2 hours from the S.E., with thick heavy weather. On her last trip from this port the Scott arrived in Acapulco on the 26th ult., having made the run in 7 days 12 hrs. She left on the 27th, and on the 28th, 36 hours out, being 346 miles east of Acapulco, it was discovered that the piston of the starboard engine was loose on the rod, being unable to repair it, the engines were disconnected and she proceeded to Panama with one engine, at which port she arrived on the morning of Dec 6th.

At 10 P.M., on the 24th inst, the Scott passed a steamship supposed to be the Cortes. Arrived in Acapulco, Dec 12th, with barque Harriet Thompson, Andrews, with 200 bbls sperm, 14th, barque W. Clayton,, Lake, 30 bbls sp; the H. Thompson to take W. Clayton's oil and sail for this port 24th. Steamer ran from San Francisco, arr. Dec 9th, and sailed for Panama 10th. Propeller Columbus,, from do, for do. arr 10th, and sailed same day. Steamer Independence, from do. for San Juan, 12th, and sailed same evening. Propeller S.S. Lewis from San Juan, arr 18th and sld 19th for this port, with 488 passengers; S.S. Lewis reports propeller Washington, having sld Dec 10th from San Juan for San Francisco with pass. Vessels at Acapulco: Br. barque Emily, with coals on storage for N.Y. & S.F.S.S. Co.; Br. Barque Ophir,with coals for Vanderbilt Line; Br. Bqe Aval with coals for P.M.S.S. Co; Chil bqeJulius with Talcuhana coal for sale; Mex brig --, for freight or charter.

Cargo/Consignees

15,000 asparagus roots, "three years old, in fine order, will produce in one year" came on the Winfield Scott and were sold by Coit & Beals, Commission Merchants at the corner of Clay and Battery Streets. The Coit & Beals ad also mentions apple trees, orange quince trees, currant bushes, and Hovey seedling strawberries, but it is not clear of they arrived on the Winfield Scott.

Passengers

(NOTE: List is very difficult to read)

Arrival of the SS Winfield Scott December 31, 1852.

G. H. Derby, U.S. Army
C. H. Poole
E. K. Shea ( Spelling)
S. Sprague
W. Sprague
C. E. Buckingham
Capt. G. T. Laroton
Pulaski Jacks
W. Whipple
Rev J. McCarty
M. Hall
O. Bermingham
A. B. Brown
E. W. Pomeroy
R. Emmons
H. W. Peck
Mr. Miles
Mr. Lyons
James Spence
Mrs. Frear
J. L. Trowbridge
W. Crawford
C. Gilman
Mrs. Wright and 2 children
Mad Gradomer ( Spelling)
Mrs. G. S. Pollard and 4 children
J. Upson and lady
H. T. Higgains and lady ( Spelling)
Mrs. Farrell and child
Mrs. Lacy and 2 children
C. P. Stratton and 2 children
Mrs. Woodruff
Mrs. C. C. Peck
Capt. Thomas Tilden
Thomas Matthews and brother
J. C. Heistend and lady
R. S. Hall
Augustus Tanner
Mrs. E. L. Smith and 2 children
Mrs. J. S. Hall
Augustus Tarner
Mrs. E. L. Smith and 2 children
Mrs. J. S. Rudy
Mr. Frila
J. L. Moore
Capt. Lockwood
H. D. Truesdale
Mad Mangared
Mr. Jamison
E. Harris
Mr. Sullivan
F. M. Farwell
Chas Farwell and brother
T. Carey
C. Rosch
G. C. Armes
W. L. Holden
Gadeheans
M. Mumark
B. Anigrom ( Spelling)
Thos Snodgrass and wife
F. J. Huggins
G. McCarty and lady
230 in steerage


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