Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s


Eleanor Lancaster

Arrive San Francisco

April 2, 1850
Eleanor Lancaster, 438-ton barque 
Captain Francis W. Lodge
From Sydney, N.S.W.


Agent: Robert Towns, master mariner.

438-ton barque, built at Maryport in 1839, owned by London shipowner Robert Brooks. 

Cabin passage from Sydney to San Francisco in January cost 30 pounds and a steerage passage 10 pounds. Freight was taken on at 5 pounds per ton on weight or measurement.

Note: One report is that upon arrival in San Francisco in April 1850 with 52 passengers after a 71-day passage (the first of seven vessels to arrive from Sydney), the Eleanor Lancaster'screw deserted, as was common then, and her captain used her along the Sacramento River as a grog shop and "hospital." She was moved to San Francisco and rented as a bonded storeship until March 1, 1850 for $700 per month. The captain complained that he had to pay his laborers "six dollars per day and three men do the work of one man."

However,advertisements in the Daily Alta California, san Francisco  following that date indicate are that the British barque Eleanor Lancaster continued sailing.

 Ad from the Daily Alta California for a sailing of the Eleanor Lancaster.

Daily Alta California Shipping Intelligence of April 26, 1850 has her sailing for Sydney under the command of Captain Lodge.

December 19, 1850, Daily Alta California, San Francisco

FOR SYDNEY, N.S.W.--Calling at Honolulu, Sandwich Islands, to land passents - The A.1, fast sailing barque Eleanor Lancaster, 500 tons, Capt. Lodge.

This well-known vessel has first rate accommodations for passengers, and will sail about the 20th prox. For freight or passage, apply on Board, foot of Boradway or to J.H. Eccleston & Co., Montgomery, near Jackson Street.

On February 20, 1851, she arrived in Honolulu, 13 days from San Francisco, under the command of Captain Lodge.


A few tons of cargo.


J.C. Catton, Clerk, Rowand, McNab and Company
Dr. Silver 
Mr. Catten 
Mr. John Longfield
Mr. & Mrs Cronon
Mr. & Mrs Lovell
M. Barry
J. Realy
T. Coleman
G. Gurner
P. Murphy
Mr. and Mrs. Taylor and child


J. Mahood
R. Johnson
M. Josephson
W. Butterford
J. McKee 
J. Wardell
C. McMillan
John Weir
John Shannon
E. Finch
J. Harrison
Joseph Holt, Jr.
W. Harding
W. Ward
G. Childs
Joseph Davies
John Davies
G. Adams
Simeon Raphael
James Fitzherbert
H. Priest
S. Barley
G. West
J. Jones
J. Bourke
A. Murray
A. McDonall
J. Wolfe
B. Slater

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