Passengers at the Port of San Francisco: 1800s

SS Moses Taylor

Arrive San Francisco

August 21, 1863
SS Moses Taylor
Captain James H. Blethen
From Panama


Daily Alta California, August 22, 1863

Arrival of the Moses Taylor

The steamship Moses Taylor, J. H. Blethen, Commander, from San Juan del Sur via Acapulco, arrived Friday morning. There is no news of interest. Passed steamer Orizaba at Acapulco.


The steamship Moses Taylor, J. H. Blethen, Commander, from San Juan del Sur via Acapulco, arrived Friday morning with 894 passengers. There is no news of interest.

THE NICARAGUA TRANSIT--TRIP OF THE MOSES TAYLOR About 8 o'clock on Friday morning the steamship Moses Taylor, J. H. Blethen, Commander, arrived at this port from San Juan del Sur via Acapulco. Her list of passengers has already been published in the Alta. The memoranda of the trip contains nothing more than the above, but from Captain Blethen we learn that his vessel encountered very rough weather on this passage. During the last three or four days particularly, before reaching this port, it blew with great violence, which fact satisfactorily accounts for her uncommonly long passage of thirteen days. The Moses Taylor had been lying in the harbor of San Juan but eighteen hours previous to the arrival of the passengers across the Isthmus, who left New York on the 23d ultimo, per steamer America. The latter, on her return to New York, will be put in perfect trim, preparatory to her departure for San Francisco via the Straits of Magellan. She may be expected here, to take her place in the Nicaragua line, by about the middle of November next.

Three schooners are being sunken in Graytown harbor for the purpose of closing the present channel and reopening the one formerly used, and which, some years since, became unnavigable for large vessels. Although this should be the rainy season on the Isthmus, as also along the Pacific Mexican coast, there have been no heavy rains; in fact, occasional showers only have fallen in Nicaragua and in the coast ports. The San Juan river is of course very low, although no serious detention of passengers in transit is reported.

Owing to the riots in New York, the number of passengers per steamer America was not as great as anticipated, although very many steerage immigrants were landed on our shores from the Moses Taylor on her arrival.


To I. K. Roberts.


More Passengers: The following are names of passengers lately arrived from the East, via Nicaragua, in the Moses Taylor, not heretofore mentioned: Mrs. T.W. Terryson and three children, Thomas Brown, wife and infant; Edward Benjamin, S. Hansen, wife and child; E.T. Cook and sister, Miss E. Ellis, J. P. Beals, wife and three children; Miss Berford.

Editor's Note: The full list has not been located.

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