Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s


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SS Gold Hunter

June 12, 1851
Captain J. T. Mott
From Panama


Steamship Gold Hunter, J. T. Mott, Master, from Panama, 15th ult, via Realejo, Mazatlan, San Jose and San Diego. The Gold Hunter experienced strong head winds most of the way up.

On 16th ult, at 7 a.m., lat 7 10 N, long 80 20 W, spoke brig Amati, of Newburyport, from Acapulco to Panama, wished to be reported. 10th inst, off Santa Barbara, passed steamer Goliah bound to the southward.


Per steamer Gold Hunter -- Left in port at Realejo, U.S. sloop of war Vincennes, Capt. Hudson, to sail in a few days for San Francisco via Acapulco and Mazatlan; crew all well. Also, Br ship Lady Amherst, Dando, for China in a few days and barks Shannon, Times and Mozambique. 16th ult, at 7 h 30 m a.m., off Acapulco, passed a steamer supposed to be the New Orleans, bound in. No Am. vessels in Mazatlan except the Josephine, hence; and H B M sloop of war Champion.

SMALL POX -- The Gold Hunter, on her arrival yesterday morning was visited by Dr. E. H. Chapin, Resident Physician of the City Hospital, who found on board one case of small pox. It is that of a man who is rapidly recovering. He still remains on board the Gold Hunter, which lies off Rincon Point.

When the Gold Hunter left Mazatlan there was some little excitement, owing to the arrival of the barque Josephine from San Francisco which vessel was reported to be in the employ of some visionary young revolutionists, who meditated designs upon the place. Captain Hayes. of H. B. M. sloop of war Champion lying in the harbor has received instructions from the British minister at Mexico to put a stop to the first manifestations of hostilities or disturbances. Rumor pays that five other vessels are now on the way from San Francisco, to cooperate with the Josephine.

On May 4, 1851, the Daily Alta California, San Francisco  printed:


Oxaca, Mexico

By the New Orleans we learn that the Gold Hunter which left here lor Tehuantepec, reached that port, landed her passengers and returned to Acapulco.

Her passengers however, encountered some difficulty, as was anticipated, from the Mexican Government. Orders were sent on board almost immediately on her arrival, prohibiting the passengers from landing; but by a little diplomacy on the part of the captain of the Gold Hunter, they were not presented until all or nearly all had effected a landing. After the passengers had reached the shore the authorities would not allow them to proceed over the anticipated route; but on condition that they would make Vera Cruz their terminus, they were permitted to proceed. The steamer was obliged to leave in as much haste as she had entered. By letter we learn that she left Acapulco on the 23d ult. for Panama, with a portion of the passengers belonging to the barque Clinton and brig Anna, both of which put in short of water and provisions. This difficulty was looked for by those who understood the restrictions and the orders of the Mexican Government regulating the harbor or port of Tehuantepec.

June 13, 1851, Daily Alta California, San Francisco, California

The steamship Gold Hunter, S. T. Mott, master, arrived yesterday morning from Panama via Realejo Mazatlan, San Jose, and San Diego. She left the former port on the 15th alt., and her news is consequently no later than that received by previous arrivals.

She brought up 160 passengers, several of them ladies with families.

We are indebted to Purser A. Oaksmith for a file of papers and a list of passengers. The Gold Hunter experienced very rough weather and strong head winds during all of her passage up the coast.

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Among the freight taken on board at Realejo by the G. H.was a lot of quartz rock crushing machinery belonging to Dr. S. H. Harris, some of it very heavy. It had been brought from New Orleans, up the San Juan, across Lake Nicaragua, and from thence in ox wagons to Realejo. Dr. H. thinks it would have been impossible to transport it across the Isthmus. The U. S. sloop-of-war Vincennes was in Realejo when the Gold Hunter left, to sail for this pot in a few days via Acapulco and Mazatlan -- all well aboard.

The steamer McKim left on the 15th ult. for this port, having touched for coal. On the 26th ult.. in the morning, when off Acapulco, a steamer, supposed to be the New Orleans, was seen by the G. H. bound in. The Gold Hunter reports that there was some little excitement at Mazatlan, arising from the arrival of the barque Josephine from San Francisco. It was rumored that the vessel was in the employ of some visionary young revolutionists, who entertained designs upon that port. This is the notorious Morehead expedition. Capt. Hayes, of H. B. M. sloop-of-war Champion, lying in the harbor, had received positive instructions from the British minister at Mexico to put a stop to the first manifestation of hostile intentions. It was also rumored that five other vessels from San Francisco were on their way to Mazatlan to co-operate with the Josephine. We are confident that there was no foundation for such a report.

A steerage passenger from St. George or Thomaston, Maine, named Josiah Graves, died on board the Gold Hunter at Mazatlan, on the 1st inst., and was buried in the English burying ground at Creston Island, in the Harbor.

June 13, 1851, Daily Alta California, San Francisco

Died on board the steamer Gold Hunter, June 1, Josiah Graves, a passenger, of Thomaston, ME. He was buried in the Presbyterian Cemetery, Creston Island, harbor of Mazatlan. 

SS Gold Hunter from Panama, June 12, 1851 from DAC June 13, 1851.

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