Passengers arriving at the Port of San Francisco


Arrive San Francisco

December 9, 1851
SS Pacific
Captain Jarvis
From San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua


Sacramento Daily Union, December 12, 1851

State News by the Steamer Pacific
From Our Extra of Yesterday.

The Cherokee left New York as an extra boat to put the News through before the Prometheus, and had touched at Greytown before the Prometheus arrived. Considerable bets were made and challenges published on the result. The new route has come off victorious.

Subjoined is a condensation of the news by our prompt and faithful correspondent "Mark":

San Francisco, Dec. 10, 1851.

The steamer Pacific arrived last evening about 10 o'clock from San Juan del Sur which place also left on the evening of the 26th Nov., at 7 o'clock with 309 passengers, of which number I am delighted to say thirty are ladies and forty children. She comes to R. J. Vandewaer, and has made the trip in 12 days 4 hours' running time, being previsely the time made by her on her trip from San Juan of October 3rd.

The Pacific reports the following: '' Left in port the barque Inmann, Bathelder, master, for Panama; schooner Merchantman; schooner Frances Helen and brig Lowell, bound down the coast; the Lowell reports the brig Oak Leaf lost at sea, and probably all hands on board; saw her capsized Oct 28th, lat 20, long 107 30, to the southward of Cape St. Lucas.

Spoke the steamer Gold Hunter, Bodfish, master on the 29th Nov. at 10 o'clock A.M., all well - 75 miles out of Acapulco. Arrived the same day at Acapulco, at 3 P.M., sailed Nov. 30 at 7 P.M. Left in port the schooner Clifton, Daggett, master, one of the five vessels intended for the Mexican Government, 154 days from New York; steamer Commodore Stockton, to be sold on the 4th ult. On the 5th and 6th experienced heavy head winds from the N.W. On the 7th, at 9 A.M., arrived at Diego; started on the 8th at 3 A.M., arrived at San Francisco on the 9th at 9 P.M. The Pacific's sailing time from San Juan to this port, 12 days and 4 hours.


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Sacramento Daily Union, December 12, 1851

Arrival of the SS Pacific December 12, 1851.

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