Passengers at the Port of San Francisco: 1800s

SS Moses Taylor

Arrive San Francisco

May 25, 1864
SS Moses Taylor
Captain James H. Blethen
From San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua


Daily Alta California, May 26, 1864

Arrival of the "Moses Taylor"

The Opposition steamer Moses Taylor, from Panama, with 584 passengers through from New York, April 23d, arrived on the evening of the 25th inst.


Steamer Moses Taylor, J. H. Blethen, Commander, left San Francisco, April 23d; saw steamer St. Louis eight miles ahead; arrived at Panama, May 7th; running time, 13 days 2-1/2 hours; sailed from panama, May 11th; arrived San Francisco, May 25th. The Taylor arrived at Panama 18-1/2 hours ahead of the St. Louis.

Left at Panama, U.S. ships Lancaster and Cyane, and British gunboat Devastation; May 14th, exchanged signals with the steamer Constitution, bound to Panama.

Advices by the Moses Taylor say the greatest excitement exists at Callao in consequence of the seizure of the Chincha Islands by Spain. The Peruvians are busy constructing batteries and mounting cannon on every available position. Government authorizes a loan of $50,000,000. The army is to be increased to thirty thousand and the navy to twenty vessels. Correspondence between the Spanish Admiral and the Peruvian Government is published in the Panama Star.

California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences, May 27, 1867

Prompt Arrival of the Moses Taylor. The steamer Moses Taylor, of the People's Line, arrived here on the 25th inst., after a pleasant trip, giving satisfaction to the large number of passengers. She brought a great number of new-comers, and from them we learn that they had a remarkably pleasant and agreeable time. We learn, too, that there is a very great and growing interest in the old States for this line. The people, there, too, begin to see and appreciate how much the "M. 0. Roberts Line," has done to facilitate immigration to our shores, and all over the interior the friends of this line are awake to the subject. Letters from friends in Wisconsin, another in Illinois say they are glad the Farmer takes so much interest in this question, for the California Farmer is found all through the Eastern States, and those who have kindred in California, or turn their thoughts hitherward, look to the Farmer as their Text-Book, and they will go by it. We are always glad to know that our efforts are appreciated and our advice followed. Our object is to build up California with good honest earnest workers, and we say to them "Come to us and we will do thee good." Come to California and come by the " People's Line, the M. O. Roberts Line," from New York, and you will have a pleasant, speedy, safe and economical trip.


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