Passengers by the S. S. Moses Taylor


Ships in San Francisco Bay 1850.

November 27, 1862 
SS Moses Taylor 
Captain E. Howes
From Realejo with passengers via Nicaragua

Passage to San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

Off San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, November 3, 1862

EDITORS ALTA: We arrived off this place, to-day, at one o'clock, having had a most delightful passage— the weather being pleasant and favorable, and, except for a few hours in crossing the Gulf of Tehuantcpec, the ocean has been uniformly as smooth as glass.

The Moses Taylor pitched or rolled very little, and there has been but little seasickness. We left your city on Tuesday, Oct. 23d, at about noon, so that we have not made as rapid a passage as we might have done. This was owing to the ship being heavily laden with coal, as they brought sufficient to serve them on their return trip, in case they were disappointed in getting a supply here. There is little doubt that in proper trim the Moses Taylor could make the trip in ten, at any rate in eleven days. The Moses Taylor is a good sea boat, staunch and firm, but hardly large enough for the passenger traffic on this coast. We have carried on this trip five hundred and fifty passengers, all told, the greater part of whom are in the steerage.

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Very few incidents have occurred to vary the usual monotony of a sea voyage. Three days out, we passed theGolden Age, bound to San Francisco, and during the night of the 29th ult., we saw the lights of the Sonora, for the same destination. Tuesday, 28th, fell in with a Mexican schooner from Mazatlan, from which we took a passenger from New York. I think very general satisfaction prevails among the passengers on this first trip of the new line. The officers have been polite and gentlemanly; Captain Howes makes no unnecessary display of official authority, but appears to possess that equability of temper so necessary in the commander of a ship— while the first officer, Mr. Johnson, is a universal favorite; although a young man he is an old sailor, and having been eight years in the service of the Pacific Mail Company, and thoroughly acquainted with the navigation of the coast, we vote him the command of the next ship on the line. The table has been abundantly supplied, and in as great variety, and as good quality ns can be expected on a voyage of this length in a tropical climate.

On the whole, we consider the first trip of the "People's Line," thus far, as a perfect success, and there is no reason to doubt that if matters are so arranged that the Transit can be expeditiously and comfortably made, the trip through can be accomplished in less time than the old route, and the larger number of passengers carried over this line. It is necessary to the complete success of this enterprise, that the public mind should be disabused of the impression, very generally prevailing, that it is only put in operation for some special purpose, and that there is no real intention of establishing a permanent line. The best way to do this, is to put on more ships, and make as rapidly aa possible every improvement which may be required to place the line in perfect working order. There is no doubt of the traffic being ample to sustain another line, in addition to that in successful operation, and we believe once fairly established, it will prove a profitable enterprise to the proprietors.



November 24, 1862, Sacramento Daily Union, Sacramento, California

The Moses Taylor's Passengers Hence October 21st for New York via Nicaragua, arrived there yesterday, having been nearly twenty-nine days in transit. It appears that they were detained on board the ships by the Nicaragua Government nearly a week. The actual time of making the transit was twenty two days, which, had it not been for the wanton and characteristically stupid conduct of the imbecile Nicaraguans, would have been a very creditable go off for the new line. The Moses is not looked for till the 25th instant. The P.M.S.S. Co. Lowered Prices Yesterday from 133 for a steerage ticket to $107, whereupon Robs, Dempster & Co. of the Nicaragua line, obligingly offered to accommodate a traveling community for the 1st proximo at $90. This morning Pacific Mail were willing to dispose of a few at $90; " Tickets for the 1st at $75," said the blandly smiling Ross, Dempster & Co. So of course nobody bought any tickets, and I suppose next time we shall have the old fashioned roaring crowd, making it superfluous to nail on Sacramento street "No thoroughfare." What rates will be when the Moses sails, "quien sabe?"

November 28, 1862, Daily Alta California, San Francisco

Arrival of the Moses Taylor The steamer Moses Taylor arrived in port this morning. The following are her memoranda and passengers.


The Opposition Line steamer Moses Taylor, Capt. Howes, left San Francisco Oct. 21st; Nov. 3d, arrived at San Juan del Sur; Nov. 13th, left and arrived at Realejo, took in coal and stores, and sailed for San Francisco, and arrived on the 27th. Cargo Not noted. Passengers Isaac K. Roberts, M. 0. Roberts, Jr., Samuel Norris, J. Matt, F. Pierce, John But, Peter Verdegrin, Mrs J. F. Parke, E. Ransaloff and wife, G. W. White and wife, A. Shireck, A. S. Shireck, Miss S. Harden, Miss M Manner, Mrs. Larue, Dr. W. Calvert, Rev. H. Goodwin, Miss Kate Ramsdell. Mrs. Dixon, Miss Jennie Dixon, Miss C. B. French, W. R. Duff, S. T. Geil, Frank S. Lawler, Mrs. H. Aitken, H. Crawford and wife, M. T. Denman, A. Curry, D. L. Nichols, Catharine, Chas. and Rosa Martus, D. Griffith, M. G. King, L. Rich, K. Brier, J. Morrison, J. R. Clark. J. W. Woodruff, H. E. Woodruff, L. Ramsdell, 0. Allen, Mrs. McWade, Miss B. Miles, Miss M. Dally, Mad. Rochet and child, Miss Jamiere, Miss E. Newton, Mary Woodham, Mrs. F. Mills, Miss M. Flowers, Mrs. Hen. Cotton and child, Miss S. Rowe, Mrs. J. B. Clark, Miss H. Clark, Mrs. S. Whitlock and two children, A. A. Whitlock, Miss A. Phipps, J. A. Strikham, M. Jamiere, T. A. Blakeley, W. P. Morris, D. S. Haines, A. D. Pells, J. P. Green, W. W. Woodham, E. B. Wilder, M. Parrish, S. Burdick, M. Voorhies and boy, C. D. Warren, W. P. Warren, P. Neil, A. O'Dougherty, E O'Dougherty, A. B. Hill, Miss Irish, Mrs. Warren and boy, Mrs. Rickance and boy, Miss McDonald, Miss T. Roberts, Mrs. A. Haines, Miss Bailey, Mrs. Paur, Miss P. Steger, Mrs. H. Dechaux, Mrs. Bradway, Miss Meader. Mrs. Holmes and two children, Mrs. R. Martus and child, Miss E. Symes, Miss E. J. Symes, Mrs. G. Johnson, Miss A. Martus, A. Levey, W. H. Coffee, J. A. Stafford, wife and child; Miss L. Ames, Mrs. Williams, Mrs. E. Craze and child, Mrs. G. Curry, Mrs. Sheville, 0. V. Reynolds, J. S. Hall, E. Fowler, S. H. Carlisle, D. J. Potter, Miss Dempsey, Miss Cox, Mrs. Hawlins, Mrs. M. Taylor, Mrs. Nash and two children, H. A. Blethen, J. P. Rodgers, A. G. Blethen, W. M. Bullard, P. Warren, R. W. Vosburgh, D. Prothero, A. Levey, and 420 in Steerage, 175 of whom are women.

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