Passengers at the Port of San Francisco: 1800s

SS New Orleans

Arrive San Francisco

December 15, 1852
SS New Orleans
Captain Edgar A. Wakeman
From Panama


Daily Alta California, December 15, 1852

Arrival of the Steamer New Orleans

The steamer New Orleans, Capt. Edgar A. Wakeman. arrived here yesterday morning about 8 o'clock, after a passage of nineteen days from Panama which she left on the 24th of November, at 10 o'clock, P.M.

She brings 354 passengers, among whom fifty are females and thirty children. A number of these were passengers on the ill-fated steamer City of Pittsburgh, that was burned in the harbor of Valparaiso.

Our dates are three days later from Panama, but the news is unimportant. The difficulties concerning the American Consulship at Acapulco were still unsettled, there being three claimants for the office.

The new British Consul, Col. Witham was expected by next steamer from Panama to take the place of Thos. Fuller, Esq., recalled. Senor Don Antonia Anselrno Cortes, Administrator of teh customs at Acapulco, died on the 3d inst.

The Panama Star, of Nov. 23d, says: On a farther examination of advices from the south by the steamer Quito, arrived a few dayjs since, we find published a decree of the Ecuadorian Congress, authorizing the President of that Republic to declare war against Peru, should that Government refuse proper satisfaction for the assistance it rendered to Gen. Flores in the late expedition against Ecuador. The decree likejwise authorizes the President to raise money on bail, either at home or abroad, and to enlist foreigners in the military service. The probability is that some gunpowder will be presently burnt (or ink shed) on this coast!

No further discoveries have been made as I murderers of Robert Atwill. The person who carried his baggage from Panama, and who is now in confinement, is supposed to be the perpetrator of the outrage.

The Daily Echo learns that a great deal of gold has been found in the neighborhood of Chepo. It has also been found in nearly every stream that has been prospected.

Matters at Aspinwall. A correspondent of El Correo del Istmo, of Sunday, under date of November 11th, gives us a number of items of interest. He says:

"The condition of this place is truly lamentable. Every thing commands an exorbitant price. Provisions from Carthahagena are very scarce, because the laborers of the leeward devote themselves to the cultivation of the india-rubber. As to the foreign provisions, the situation is much worse. The merchants of New York, New Orleans and Jamaica have shut down upon us, in consequence of the repeated disappointments that have have lightened the pockets of some of them, when, after having credited their merchandise to residents in Aspinwall, they have been unable to make them pay; therefore now it is that they will not have any operations without ready cash. All this truly constitutes a crisis, the end of which we do not know."

The correspondent, speaking of the forcible removal of the American national colors from one of the public houses there, to which we referred about two weeks since, says: "On the 7th and 8th, the jefe politico commanded, through the alcalde, that all the keepers of public houses should take down the flags erected on their house-tops, to which order all submitted quietly. One, however, of the flag-staffs was accidentally broken, and immediately a great excitement was aroused by tbe report that that flag had been torn down by order of the alcalde, and trampled under foot. When the truth was known, even those who had been seeking the head of the alcalde became calm, and were satisfied.

The schooner Tres Hrrmanas has been out twenty days from Carthagena for this port, and nothing has been heard of her. Echo.


Passenger list of the SS New Orleans on December 15, 1852.
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Central America, Southern Mexico, c.1842
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Print of gold seekers transferring at the Panama Canal.
The passage across the Isthmus of Panama from Eastern Seaboard ships to West Coast Ships bound for San Francisco

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