Passengers at the Port of San Francisco: 1800s

SS Moses Taylor

Arrive San Francisco

March 18, 1866
SS Moses Taylor
Captain J. H. Blethen
From San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua


The Central American Transit Company's steamer Moses Taylor, Blethen commander, arrived at this port at 8:30 the evening of March 18th. The following are her memoranda and passenger list:


Daily Alta California, Monday Morning, March 19, 1866

Buy at
San Juan River runs past the remote village of
el Castillo, Nicaragua
David Evans

Left San Francisco February 15th, at 11 a. m.; on the 19th, at 9:40 a.m. passed the steamship Colorado, bound up; 25th, experienced a very heavy gale in the Gulf of Tehuantepec, which lasted 28 hours; 28th, at 10:33 a.m., arrived at San Juan del Sur.

Returning received coal and usual supplies, and left, March 6th, at 6 a. m., with passengers per steamship Santiago, from New York February 20th: March 8th, had a severe gale in the Gulf of Tehuantepec, lasting 20 hours: 9th, exchanged signals with the steamship St. Louis, 212 miles east of Acapulco, bound down; 12th, at 10 a.m., exchanged signals with the steamship Panama, bound up the Gulf of California; 14th, at 8:30 a.m., 100 miles north of Cape St. Lucas, exchanged signals with the steamship Sacramento, bound down; 13th, at 8:30 p.m., arrived at San Francisco.

The transit is now in fine condition, with a high stage of water in the river.

March 11th, Annie, daughter of R. I. and Catharine Drinkwater, of Portland, Maine, died, aged 7 months.

A steerage passenger, named James Ahern, fell overboard from steamer Rivas, on her passage from Greytown, in the San Juan River, and was drowned. Every effort was made to rescue him, but without success; a boat was lowered, which capsized, and one man, a steerage passenger named Henry W. Eames, a native of Boston, Mass., was drowned,


Passengers on the SS Moses Taylor March 19, 1866.

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