Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s


Northern Light, Clippership

Arrived March 8, 1852
From Boston 109 days
Captain Bailey

March 9, 1852, Daily Alta California, San Francisco

Arrival of the Northern Light -- the clipper ship Northern Light, Capt. Bailey -- one of the first class -- arrived yesterday morning from Boston. She has been one hundred and nine days on the passaage, and brings a large and well assorted cargo.


to Terry & Blanchard.


J. Barstom,A. Pratt, S. D. Holman (or Helman), E. H. Davis, C. Henderson, lady and child, Mrs. Susan D. Town and 2 children, Mrs. Jane Eastbrook, Mrs. E. Wheelwright, Mrs. Mary H. Brackett, Messrs L. Humphrey, Jr., C. W. Newcomb, W. F. Daniels, G. McFarland, H. A. Fuller, L. P. Rand

May 21, 1852, Daily Alta California, San Francisco

Died on board clipper ship Northern Light, May 4th, of congestion of the brain, Jacob Henly, aged 24, from Ohio. May 7th, of inflammation of the bowels, John Odwell, of Colchester, Delaware, Co., New York, aged 37.

May 21, 1852, Daily Alta California, San Francisco

Meeting of Passengers

At a meeting of tbe passengers of the late steamship North America, held on board the ship Northern Light, on the 13th of May 1852, on her passage from Acapulco to San Francisco

The meeting was called to order by J. C. Murdock, Esq., and on his motion, Mr. W. Kilborn, of Napa, was called to the chair, and on motion of Mr. Pierce, Mr. H. Bulkeley was appointed secretary. The object of the meeting having been explained, Mr. Murdock offered the following resolution, which was adopted:

Resolved, That the chairman appoint a committee of five to prepare and report resolutions expressive of the sense of the meeting.

In pursuance of this resolution, the chairman appointed Messrs. Murdock, Densmore, Sandford, Cross, and T. H Pierce, said committee, who retired from the meeting, and after some time returned and reported the following resolutions, which were adopted:

Resolved, That the thanks of this meeting be and are hereby tendered to the generous people of San Francisc, for the prompt and substantial aid extended to us while at Acapulco.

Resolved, That in Gen. Morino, J. H. Bill, Esq., and Captain Tyler, and the citizens of the city of Acapulco generally, we found generous open hearted men, who exerted themselves most successfully for our relief.

Resolved, That the thanks of this meeting be reespectfully tendered to our fellow passenger, Thomas Hunt, Esq., of New York city, for his liberality to the destitute and watchful care and attention to the sick while at Acapulco.

Resolved, That to the Pacific Mail Steamship Co.'s officers, and passengers of the steamers Tennessee, Oregon, Northerner, California and Golden Gate, and others, we are under many obligations for the very liberal contributions made by them to relieve our pressing wants during our detention at Acapulco.

Resolved, That in Dr Joseph Powell, Surgeon of the Northern Light, we found a gentleman who sympathized with us in our distress, and exerted himself to the utmost to relieve this sick, and take pleasure in recommending him as a skillful surgeon and physician, well deserving the confidence of those among whom his future lot may be cast.

Resolved, That to Dr. Buden, one of our passengers, we are under many obligations for his kind treatment to the sick during Dr. Powell's illness.

Resolved, That we present to Capt Bailey Loring, his officers and crew, our sincerest and heartfelt thanks for the kind and gentlemanly treatment which we have receivd at their hands during the passsage. And we desire particularly to recommend Capt. Loring, and Messrs. Haywood and Smith, his first and second officers, to the public, as gentlemen of singular merit and strict attention to business.

Resolved, That we owe it to ourselves to say, that in regard to the wreck of the steamer North America, we are unable to attribute to the catastrophe to any other cause than that of culpable negligence on the part of Capt. Jas. H. Blethen; be this as it may, we bear with us undeniable and lasting proof that the captain's conduct after the disaster was censurable in the highest degree.

On motion the Secretary was requested to furnish copies of the proceedings of the meeting to the several editors of the San Francisco press, with a request that they may bve published.

On motion, the meeting adjourned.

W. Kilburn, Chairman
Henry S. Bulkeley, Secretary

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