Passengers arriving at the Port of San Francisco


Arrive San Francisco

March 26, 1852
SS Pacific
Captain P. E. LeFevre, Master
From San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua


Sacramento Daily Union, March 27 1852, Sacramento, California

Eight Days Later News
Immense Emigration to California!

The New World arrived at half-past 3 o'clock, this morning.

Gregory's Messenger will please accept our thanks for full files of Eastern papers by the Pacific, which vessel arrived at San Francisco on Friday afternoon.

We are also indebted to Mr. Woodward, of Adams & Co.'s Express for State papers. The New York dates are to the 20th February, eight days later than those received by the last arrival.

The Pacific brings 400 passengers, among them 40 ladies and 30 children.

The following is the log of the Pacific.

The steamship Pacific, P. E. LeFevre, master, sailed from San Juan del Sud, March 10 at 8 o'clock, with 400 passengers, 40 ladies and 30 children. On the 15th, at 12 o'clock, noon, about 40 miles to the southward of Acapulco, stopped and attempted to board the steamship North America, stranded on the beach, but in consequence of the heavy breakers did not succeed. From her upright appearance, her masts, walking-beam and smokepipe all standing in their proper places, she appeared to have received but little damage up to that time. At 5 o'clock the same day, arrived at Acapulco; sailed again on the 16th, at 9 clock P.M. Left in port big Clarinda and schr. John Dunlap, up for San Francisco, with passengers. The schrs Guadaloupe and Thomas left with passengers on the 13th. The proopeller Col. Fremont, with passengers from Panama, arrived as we left. We expreienced a strong south-easterly current on the coast, and from the island of Cerros to Point Conception; weather thick and foggy from Point Conception to the Heads; heavy north-wester and very rough.

We are indebted to our attentive correspondent, "Amigo," for a full summary of passing events since the sailing of the last steamer. The late hour at which we go to press compels us to confine ourselves to the subjoined extracts from his letter.

The most intense excitement concerning California pervades the minds of all classes, and the eagerness to obtain passages is such that immense premiums are given for tickets.

The tremendous rush at present overflows every steamer, and the attention of ship owners is allured by carrying passengers to San Juan and Chagres. The Winfield Scott, a splendid steamship, built for the N. Y. and N. O. trade, left here some time ago direct for San Juan. Vanderbilt's new steamer of 2,500 tons, the Northern Light, something that can beat the fastest steamer on the Pacific, will soon start for this side. The Sierra Nevada, of 1800 tons, is also talked of for the Pacific; and on the Atlantic side, we have several new steamers continually running. There is the:

  • City of New York 1000 tons
  • United States 1500 tons
  • William Penn 1200 tons
  • Union 1800 tons

Brother Jonathan also rebuilt lately. There is a new line started from Philadelphia direct to Chagres, of two propellers, all of which go full to excess. Advertisements appear daily offering premiums for through tickets.

Every decent place is bought up for months ahead, and in fact the rush is greater than when you and I left in the winter of '48 and '49. The double engine steamer Reindeer, 1200 tons, also leaves here April 1st, for San Francisco, via Cape Horn. She was built expressly for the California trade, and is said to be in speed, truly named.

The business of carrying passengers is so great, that many "agency offices" have started up and pretend to sell through tickets. The evil extended so far that scores of poor fellows were robbed of their money, and could get no further than Panama. The regular lines have come out with advertisements, warning passengers against purchasing through tickets except at their own offices.

The Prometheus Affair. The insult recently given our flag by the British brig of war Express firing at the steamer Prometheus, while at San Juan Del Nicaragua, has been atoned for:

The British frigate Arrogant had been dispatched by the Admiral of the West India station with the assurance to Com. Parker that the British Government entirely disavowed the acts of the Consul and the Capt. of the Brig Express in the exercise of any authority whatever in connection with the Mosquito Government, or interfering in any way with any foreign commerce with San Juan.

The burning of the British R. M. steam packet Amazon, has been made the subject of a court of enquiry, but nothing new has yet transpired. She was burned while en route from Southampton to the W. I. and South American coast at the entrance of Biscay Bay.

Congressional News. The measures for the relief of California are progressing slowly but surely.

The Navy Yard bill which contemplates the establishment of a navy yard at San Francisco was debated in the Senate on the 15th January, but the subject was afterwards postponed without any definite action being taken . . .

In relation to the California meeting in Washington, and the ex-Editor of the Courier, our correspondent writes as follows: "The removal of Mr. King as Collector of San Francisco, and an entire change throughout the Custom House, was discovered to be the principal object of a certain gentleman among us. We did not, however, believe in endangering the good position of California in Congress, by kicking up a row or making an excitement, as a means to enable the gentleman to accomplish his object. He claimed to be ' high in Fillmore's confidence' and spoke of King's removal as a sure thing.

"Be that as it may, we concluded it wisest to leave the interests of California in the hands of those whom that State had chosen for that purpose, for we found that they had been faithful to their trust, and had secured a more favorable footing for us than could have been expected."


Not noted.


Arrival of the SS Pacific, March 27, 1852.


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