Passengers at the Port of San Francisco: 1800s

SS Orizaba

Arrive San Francisco

October 17, 1862
SS Orizaba
Captain E. S. Farnsworth
From Nicaragua/Panama


Arrival of the Orizaba

By the Orizaba we learn Panama is quiet. The Government of Diaz is recognized everywhere.

Seven cases of Cashmere shawls, valued at between $6,000 and $7,000, were seized today by the revenue officers. They were smuggled ashore about one week ago. It is rumored that a large quantity of liquors, smuggled from the British Colonies north, have been seized.

Thomas Brown, Special Agent, U.S. Treasury Department, arrived on the Orizaba, for the purpose of investgating the Customs and other Departments on the Pacific.


October 18, 1862, Daily Alta California

We have received from the bpok house of A. Roman & Co., Montgomery Street, the following late publications received by the steamer Orizaba:

LIKE AND UNLIKE, A novel by A. S. Roe, New York. Carleton, publisher.

Mr. Roe has already won considerable distinction at home and abroad as a novelist of considerable power. His style is colloquial and domestic, and he manages to let each character fully develop his story ia converse, as if it were out of his or her mouth. Mr. Roe is distinguished from the host of American story writers of the present day by his fidelity to nature, his freedom from affectation, his sympathy with the interests of every-day existence, and his depth and sincerity of feeling. The materials of his fictions are all drawn from the experience of reality. "Like and Unlike, is, we think, one of the best of Mr. Roe's productions.


E. D. Heatley
P. Verplank, Jr.
J. H. Benedict
Thos. Brown
Mrs. Farnsworth, family and servant
Mrs. Cooper and sister
E. G. Baker and Wife
E. R. Burlingame and wife
E. A. Hawes and family
Miss Sara Health
Jno. Bowers
Jennie Waters
Thos. Lewis
Chas Rogers
A. J. Miner
L. Allen
Capt E. R. Smith
Moses Nichols and wife
Mrs. Copitz and friend
G. S. Finney
Capt Phillips
W. C. Murray and wife
W. Ashburner and wife
Mrs. J. Campbell and family
B. B. Gore and wife
Theodore J. Moss
J. M. Anderson
L. Pollack
S. Altman
J. Condon and wife
A. Lapfgeer
Mrs. M. Colburn and child
Mrs. J. Miner
J. McNulty
W. W. Brain
H. J. Bailey and wife
David Small
N. McNamara
Mrs. Joannard
Jiss Joannard
Amos P. Wells
M. Carillo
and 280 others.

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Great Stories of the Sea & ShipsSea Stories and the history of America.
N. C. Wyeth
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