Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s

Ann McKim

Arrive San Francisco

January 25, 1849 
Ann McKim, Ecuadorian
Captain Rubinet 
51 days at sea from Valparaiso; 29 from Quayaquil

Clipper ship built in 1833 at the shipyard of Kennard & Williamson, Baltimore. Dimensions: 143'x27'6"x14' and 494 tons. The ship was named after the owner's wife. She was built on the lines of a Baltimore clipper and has often been called a "true clipper."


January 25, 1849, Alta California, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

Guayaquil. Louis Remy Mignot.

By the arrival of the clipper ship Ann McKim, 51 days from Valparaiso and 29 from Guayaquil (Painting: Louis Remy Mignot), we have received a copy of El Mercurio, of November 30, 1848.

There is no news of importance, if we except the fact that great excitement exists along the whole western coast of South American in relation to the California gold mines. Great numbers of people are preparing to move here, and vessels yet to arrive from the United States are advertised to take passengers.

The Ann McKim brings some sixty passengers, and the Thili (Druet, master), a very respectable earnest of what we are to expect by the numerous vessels now on their way here, and which are daily expected to arrive. By the latest reliable accounts, one of the ocean steamers intended to ply between San Francisco and Panama, was daily expected at Callao. We may therefore look for her arrival here about the middle of February, or certainly by the first of March.

The British consul at Valparaiso notified the authorities there that dispatches had been received announcing the prevalence of the small poxin Guayaquil.

Clipper Ships.The Clipper Ship Ann McKim.

The Government of New Grenada had disapproved the contract of a company of North Americans, for making a railroad across the Isthmus, and had authorized its Minister at Washington to receive fresh proposals.

The following vessels were advertised for this port at this departure of the Ann McKim:

From Valparaiso: American bark, Tasseo (spelling), French bark Staonely, brigantine Progresso, brigantine Correo de Pacifico, brigantine Talca, brigantine Continelo, and brigantine Eleiodora.


February 8, 1849, Weekly Alta California, San Francisco, California


E. Mickle & Co. have just received by the ship "Ann McKim" from Valparaiso, a large and excellent assortment of Current Goods, as follows:

Clipper Ships.Clipper Ships.
Lady Maria Callcott
Sir Thomas Lawrence

In 1821, Maria Graham (Maria Callcot) sailed with her husband, commander of the HMS Doris. Destination: Chile. Purpose: To protect British mercantile interests. In April 1822, shortly after the ship had rounded Cape Horn, her husband died of a fever. Deciding to manage on her own, she rented a cottage, turned her back on the English colony ("I say nothing of the English here, because I do not know them except as very civil vulgar people, with one or two exceptions", she later wrote). She lived among the Chileans for a year during which time she wrote and painted.

Wool and cot'n mixed flannel; cot'n and wool mixed stuff; mixed linen and cot'n drills; turkey red, cot'n, woolen, cot'n and wool mixed shawls; silk and cot'n hdkfs; woolen glovres; blankets and quilts; gents' silk neck scarfs; men's worsted stockings; ass'd silk hose; cot'n do; horse rugs; fine wool and cot'n rugs; saddle bags; pillows; ass'd wool'n ponchos and poncho cloth; cot'n duck, linen drills; linen towels; cot'n tapes; sewing thread, balls and spools; cot'n shirts; sail twine; childrens' woolen cloaks; laborers' smocks; ass'd clothing; silk umbrellas, ass'd colors; needles; pencils; oil cloth for tables, &c.; men's, women's and infants' boots and shoes; gilt, brass, and other buttons, ass'd; jewelry; paper hangings; shovels; ass'd nails; night lights; tobacco; table, desert and tea spoons; soup ladles and sugar tongs; gold watches; looking glasses; sperm candles; clothes, hair, nail, tooth, and shaving brushes, ass'd; ass'd perfumery; fowling pieces; revolver pistols; handsome hunting knives; razors and other cutlery; reins; spurs; powder horns; steel; preserved meats and vegetables; champagne; very sup'r port wine; rich old bucellas white wine; ale; tea; chocolate; frasqueras or liquor cases; travelling bottles; furniture; ass'd earthenware; glass ware, &c., &c., which they offer for sale on reasonable terms, at the warehouse of

Messrs. Sherman & Ruckle,
corner of Clay and Montgomery sts. Feb'y 7, 1849.


NOW landing from the ship "Ann McKim," just arrived from Valparaiso (image below), a large assoitment of New and reasonable Goods, as follows

Wines, &c.: sauterne, Rhine, burgundy, sherry, Bordeaux, champagne; absynth; San Vicente; Priorato; anisette; ale and porter.

Puerto de Guayaquil.

Mustard; pickles; Worcester sauce; vinegar; tin'd pots and covers; sauce, stew and fry pans; cutlery; pewter plates; hatchets; a large and general assortment of tin ware; broad head axes; claw and narrow hatchets; adze handles; regatta and serge shirts; bl'k levantine hdkfs; horse rugs; prints: brass bedsteads; mattresses and pillows; blankets; cot'n bedspreads and sheets; blue flannel shirts; woolen and silk hose; assortment of clothing; boots and shoes; hats; stocks; soap; cheese; crackers; kitts salmon; patent carbines; writing paper; tubs; shovels; Am'n chairs, and other articles, for sale by

SHERMAN & RUCKLE. Feb'y 7. 1849.


List not located. However, the following list was in The Daily Picayune, New Orleans, February 13, 1849, noted as bound for California on the ship McKim:

Alston, J.
Austin, David
Baker, F.
Barclay, Mr.
Beard, George
Bowden, H.
Clark, H.
Comper, W. H.
Daney, Francis
Dunn, J. A.
Elkin, A.
Fargo, C. F.
Fischer, A.
Fought, C. M.
Gandy, E. U.
Ganer, B.
Gardner, J.
Gillespie, Wm.
Gillian, G.
Gish, W.
Goodale, Dr. David
Guyal, A.
Harris, Mr.
Hennings, Mr., and lady
Herring, H.
Hommedieu, W. T. L.
Jones, S.
Kearney, D.
Keep, H. V.
Larue, J. S.
Menicher, J. A.
Mitchell, A.
Murphy, Mr.
Osborne, E. B.
Painter, J. P.
Painter, J. R.
Peflom, Mr.
Powell, P. P.
Purnell, T.
Rathbon, Mr.
Robb, John C.
Roberts, T. S. H.
Russell, Mr.
Ryan, J.
Schiffler, F.
Sesbros, J. M.
Shipway, G. O.
Solomon, Mr.
Sperier, Mr.
Steele, Henry
Stewart, Mr.
Swarthout, John
Tanner, J. H.
Tillman, Mr.
Tinoberg, Mr.
Turner, G.
Vallient, E. K.
Vandyke, J.
Wadsworth, J. B.
Watkins, H. P.
Wiggins, Wm.
Wilberham, Mr.
Wood, J. C., and son
And twenty-two in second class.

Early Mapping of the Pacific: The Epic Story of Seafarers, Adventurers and Cartographers Who Mapped the Earth's Greatest OceanEarly Mapping of the Pacific.
Ship Passengers.Author Thomas Suarez is a well-known authority on early maps whose previous books include Early Mapping of Southeast Asia (Periplus, 2000), which has become a standard work in the field. He has served as curator and advisor for collections and exhibitions dealing with the history of cartography, and has been an important source for early maps for the past twenty-five years.

The Mammoth Book of Life Before the Mast:
Sailors' Eyewitness Stories from the Age of Fighting Ships
Jon E. Lewis, Editor
Firsthand accounts of the real-life naval adventures behind the popular historical sagas of Patrick O'Brian and C. F. Forester. Twenty true-life adventures capture the glory and gore of the great age of naval warfare from the late eighteenth to the early nineteenth century -- the age of the French Revolutionary War, the Napoleonic Wars, and the War of 1812 -- when combat at sea was won by sheer human wit, courage, and endurance. Culled from memoirs, diaries, and letters of celebrated officers as well as sailors, the collection includes accounts of such decisive naval engagements as Admiral Horatio Nelson's on the Battle of the Nile in 1798 or Midshipman Roberts' on the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 and also glimpses into daily hardships aboard a man-of-war: scurvy, whippings, storms, piracy, press gangs, drudgery, boredom, and cannibalism.

Life of a Sailor (Seafarers' Voices) Ships, Shipping, Migration, World Seaports.Life At Sea.Ships, Shipping, Migration, World Seaports.
Frederick Chamier
Chamier went to sea in 1809 as an officer in the Royal Navy. Like his contemporary, Captain Frederick Marryat, he enjoyed a successful literary career and is remembered for his naval novels. This book, his first, is usually catalogued as fiction, although it is an exact account of his naval experiences, with every individual, ship, and event he described corroborated by his service records. Told with humor and insight, it is considered an authentic account of a young officer's service. From anti-slavery patrols off Africa to punitive raids on the American coast during the War of 1812, Chamier provides details of many lesser-known campaigns. His descriptions of British naval operations in America, which reflected his objection to bringing the war to the civilian population, were criticized by his seniors.

The Nagle Journal: A Diary of the Life of Jacob Nagle, Sailor, from the Year 1775 to 1841Stories of the Sea and Ships.
John C. Dann

Great Stories of the Sea & Ships Sea Stories and the history of America.
N. C. Wyeth
Life of a Sailor.Sea Stories and the history of America.More than 50,000 copies of this collection of high-seas adventures are in print. Not only does it showcase the fiction of such classic writers as Daniel Defoe, Jules Verne, and Jack London, but the entries also feature historic first-person narratives including Christopher Columbus' own account of his famous voyage in 1492. Vivid tales of heroic naval battles and dangerous journeys of exploration to the stories of castaways and smugglers. The variety of works includes The Raft of Odysseus, by Homer; Hans Christian Andersen's The Mermaid; The Specksioneer, by Elizabeth Gaskell; Washington Irving's The Phantom Island; and Rounding Cape Horn, by Herman Melville. Eighteen extraordinary black and white illustrations by Peter Hurd add to the volume's beauty.

The Rebel Raiders 
The Astonishing History of the Confederacy's Secret NavyShips, Shipping, Migration, World Seaports.

James T. deKay
Life at Sea.The Rebel Raiders.During its construction in Liverpool, the ship was known as Number 290. It was unleashed as the CSS Alabama, the Confederate gunship that triggered the last great military campaign of the Civil War, yet another infamous example of British political treachery, and the largest retribution settlement ever negotiated by an international tribunal: $15,500,000 in gold paid by Britain to the United States.

This true story of the Anglo-Confederate alliance that led to the creation of a Southern navy illuminates the dramatic global impact of the American Civil War. Like most things in the War between the States, it started over cotton: Lincoln's naval blockade prevented the South from exporting their prize commodity to England. In response, the Confederacy came up with a plan to divert the North's vessels and open a plan that would mean covertly building a navy in Britain, a strategy that involved a cast of clandestine characters.

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