Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s


The Comet

Arrive San Francisco

January 13, 1852
Captain E. C. Gardiner
From New York


January 13 1852, Daily Alta California, San Francisco


The Comet.

Yesterday arrived, one hundred days from New York, the splendid clipper ship Comet, Capt. E.C. Gardiner. This is the first of a small fleet of these truly magnificent vessels, enroute for this port. The Comet sailed from new York in October, and has been followed by the Golden Gate, and Hurricane, both fine clipper ships. The Comet is one of the most superb vessels that has ever been on this coast.

She is commanded by Capt. Gardiner, the same who brought the clipper Celestial to this port from New York, in one hundred and one days. She is described as having a model somewhat similar to that the Celestial, but very much sharper at the ends, and having a hollow bow-line, like the yachtAmerica, which has been sailing round the crack craft of the English yacht squadron.


Her goods were sold through Danl. L. Ross, foot of Clay Street and included: 100 pcs. Oil cloths, splendid patterns; 26 pieces velvet carpets, new styles; 200 boxes French crown glass; One brass-mounted Rockaway; One silver mounted top wagon; One silver-mounted buggy; One silver mounted Rockaway; One trotting buggy; 16 chain pumps, Cast steel, wrapping twine, sailors sheath belts, Beach pruning, shingling and hunting hatchets, carpenters hammers. 3 cases choice cigars.

J. A. McCrea & Co., Sansome Street, between California and Pine streets, advertised the following:

Goods From the Comet
Playing cards Spool cotton Stationery
Needles Cutlery Jewsharps
Gold scales Harmonicas Money bags
Hosiery Undershirts Pins

Long shawls, hunting knives, &c, &c, &c.

Editor's Comment: Rasmussen indicates that the Comet also carried: 30 kegs horseshoes, 5 kegs horseshoe nails, 3 omnibuses and fixtures, 3 piano-fortes, 316 kegs nails, 99 kegs peaches, 9 casks shot, 10 anvils, 208 crowbars, 986 bars iron, 55 sheets boiler iron, 1 case pistols, tobacco, 3 carriages, shovels, bedsteads, 18 wagons, 6 lumber wagons, 16 wagon tongues, 24 carriage wheels, 10 kegs litharge, 50 plough moulds, 86 plough castings, 2 iron wheels, 180 tons of coal, 111 cases powder, 1 case percussion caps and assorted goods.


Appleman, W. H. and lady
Brander, A. F.
Clark, C. H.
Coddington, J.
Corwin, Rev. E. and lady (Rasmussen notes that he is Chaplain of the American Seamans Friend Society, San Francisco
Gage, J.
Speckles, Mrs. and two children
Vollee, Mrs. U. H. and two children
Washburn, Mrs.

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