Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s

British Barque Blonde

Ships in San Francisco Bay 1850.

Arrive San Francisco

April 30, 1852 
Captain Soutter 

67 days from Panama


May 1, 1852, Daily Alta California, San Francisco

Feb 27th, lat 6 N, lon 80 W, wh sp Charles Frederick, of New Bedford, 18 mos out, crusing, oil not stated. March 13, lat 37, lon 63 20, clipper ship Sea Serpent, Howland, from New York for this port.

500 tons coal to order; 300 passengers, 4 female. Passengers to E. Knight.

Arrival From Panama
Great Mortality

The British ship Blonde arrived this morning, 63 days from Panama. She brings 300 passengers, and reports 18 deaths on board since leaving.


May 5, 1852, Daily Alta California, San Francisco, California

COALS - For Sale, the cargo of the British barque Blonde, consisting of 500 tons of New Castle, New South Wales. For sale in lots to suit purchasers

George Aiken
Gordon's Iron Block, foot of Washington st.


Sacramento Daily Union, April 30, 1852

Passengers by Bark Blonde, April 30, 1852.

DIED on board barque Blonde, on her passage from Panama to this port:

Feb. 23. Dennis Racer, of Delaware county, Indiana. 
Feb. 23. Thomas Pearson, of Nova Scotia. 
March 1. Charles Dazotell
March 2. Gurley Russell, of Monroe county, Ohio
March 3. Parcus E. Shelden. 
March 4. Evelin J. Randall, Greenboro, Vt. 
March 4. J. S. Tompkins, Cayuga County, N. Y. 
March 8. Francis Pargman, New York city
March 9. Geo. W. Meade, Belmont county, Ohio
March 13. Orlando J. Mitchell, Delhi, N.Y.
March 13. Jas. H. Houston, Philadelphia
March 16. Soren P. Fairman, Albany, New York
March 18. Henry Hagadon, East Palmyra, New York
March 22. C. B. Morton, Augusta, Me.
March 24. Cornelius Neal, Wheeling, Va.
March 29. Chas. P. Bartleson, Will County, Ill.
March 31. Ambrose Jagger, Wayne County, N.Y.
April 2. Wm. M. Coooper, Fountain County, Ind.

June 5, 1852, Daily Alta California, San Francisco


United States vs. Barque Blonde -- Ordered that Gen S. Porter, Capt. John Hart, and Joseph Eyre be appointed to appraise the above vessel.

June 24, 1852, Daily Alta California, San Francisco


United States vs. William Soutter -- Indictment for bringing an excess of passengers on board the Blonde into the United States. Allowed until Saturday next to plead.

October 24, 1853, Daily Alta California, San Francisco: Advertisement: Mr. Gill - Late Purser on board the barque Blonde will enter a favor on Capt. W. Scutter by sending his address to Messrs. Janes, Noyes & Barbar, Attorneys, San Francisco. 
201 Sansome Street.

April 22, 1853, Daily Alta California, San Francisco: STORAGE on board the A1 barque Blonde, lying in convenient position at Rincon Point. Apply to Dickson, DeWolf & Co., Battery Street.

June 26, 1853, Daily Alta California, San Francisco: FOR SALE -- The British barque Blonde, 672 tons register, as she now lies, near Rincon Point. For full particulars apply to Dickson, Dewolf & Co., Battery St.

December 31, 1853, Daily Alta California, San Francisco In Port - The British Bark Blonde, Master Soutter, Dickson, DeWolf & Co., Agents.

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