Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s

SS America

Opposition Steamer
Arrive San Francisco

March 9, 1864
SS America 
Captain Thomas H. Morton
16 days from Panama with 857 passengers

March 10, 1864, Sacramento Daily Union, Sacramento, California, U.S.A.

Steamship America arrived today, sixteen days from Panama. She brings 852 (or 857) passengers.

March 10, 1864, Daily Alta California, San Francisco, California

The Opposition steamer America, from Panama, arrived on the morning of the 9th. The following are her memoranda, her passenger list having been published some days since.


February 10th, on the down trip, overtook and passed the steamer St. Louis one day north of Acapulco. On the up trip, since leaving Acapulco, experienced severe northwesterly gales; was detained fourteen hours at Monterey for fuel.

Passengers and freight to I. K. Roberts.


March 10, 1864, Daily Alta California San Francisco

SS America. Card from Daily Alta California, March 10, 1864

California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences, March 11, 1867
Complimentary Vote of Thanks of the Passengers on board the Steamship America.

Compliments from Passengers of SS America, March 11, 1867, California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences.

March 10, 1864, Daily Alta California, San Francisco

OPPOSITION IS THE LIFE OF TRADE -- The Pacific Mail Steamship Company's steamer Orizaba leaves for Panama on the 12th inst., and the Pacific Opposition Steamship Company's America, on the 14th. The rates of fare by the former is: First cabin, upper saloon, $165; Dining saloon, $125; Second cabin $80; Steerage $50. By the latter, the fare will be: In the first cabin, upper saloon $162, Dining saloon $135, Second cabin, $80, Steerage $50.

March 12, 1864, Pacific Appeal

RETURNED -- Captain Alexander Ferguson, who left this city on the 13th of November last, for Washington city, for the purpose of endeavoring to get a Captain's commission from the War Department, in one of the many colored regiments, returned in the steamer America, on Wednesday last. He was sent out here by Secretary Chase, as one of the special agents, in charge of half a million dollars of the government money, and it will be seen by teh following receipt that it has been paid over to Assistant Treasurer Cheesman . . . "Received of special Agents of the Treasury Department U.S. Messr. Robinson and Ferguson, one safe, said to contain U. S. Notes to the amount of five hundred thousand dollars . . .

For the Pacific Appeal.

Captain A. Ferguson. This gentleman returned in the steamer America, on the 9th instant. He did not succeed in his application for a commission in the army, but his mission was not wholly unproductive of benefit to himself, and the interests of which he is so able an exponent.

He was courteously received by the War Department, and has full assurance that when colored officers are commissioned he shall receive the first appointment.

He was appointed, while absent, a recruiting officer for the 59th Regiment, Connecticut Vol., and had other advantageous offers, all of which he declined, and he returns as special agent for the Treasury Department, on a mission of great trust and confidence. Captain Ferguson was one of the four colored gentlemen who called on President Lincoln on New Year's day, and whose visit and conduct, on the occasion, has been so favorably noticed. We cordially welcome our friend on his return, and hope he may, ere long, receive the full consumation of his wishes. 

May 20, 1864, California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences

The People's Line

The splendid steamship America, of the People's Line, leaves our wharves on Saturday (tomorrow), May 21st, for Panama and New York. The price of fare is as follows:

  • Ladies' Saloon (through Tickets) $165
  • Dining Saloon $135
  • Second Cabin $90
  • Steerage $50

Thus it will be seen that this Peoples' Line has been the means of Reducing the Fare more than one-half. Who will not say that the Peoples' Line should receive the People's hearty support. TheAmerica is a noble steamer, with every comfort and convenience and from all the information we can gather from those who have traveled on her, the trip will be a speedy, safe and superior one, landing passenger in New York in about twenty-four days.

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