Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s

SS Antelope

Arrive San Francisco

January 9, 1851
From Panama


Upon arrival of the Antelope, the Alta California noted that:

In New York the arrival of three steamships in one day would be a matter deserving of particular mention, and in any other city on the Atlantic such an occurrence would be heralded as unprecedented. The commerce of San Francisco is increasing marvellously and it would be difficult to predict what a few short months may bring forth. That we shall communicate by steamers with the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii) and China is almost a certainty.


January 11, 1851, Sacramento Daily Transcript, Sacramento, California



Just received per steamers Tennessee and Antelope, Graham's Magazine, Godey's Lady;s Book, Sartain's Magazine, Harper's New Monthly, International Magazine, Dickens' last novel; David Copperfield, Isabel, or the Pride of Palermo; the Green Hand, a short yarn; Double Sheet Brother Jonathan; Illustrated London News; London Punch; Dublin Nation; Thompson's Bank Note Reporter, &c. Also, English, French. Spanish and German Newspapers from all parts of the world for sale wholesale and retail,

Foreign and American Newspaper Agent, second door from the Post Office, 
Portsmouth Square, San Francisco. Jan 11, 1851 lm


California Gold Rush.The World Rushed In by J. S. Holliday.
The World Rushed In: The California Gold Rush ExperienceThe World Rush in. The California Gold Rush Experience.
J. S. Holliday

Sea-Faring Books and Movies

Passages to AmericaPassages to America.

Sea Classics: MoviesSea Classics. Movies.

Sea Classics: BooksShips, Shipping, Migration, World Seaports.

Merchant MarinesMerchant Marines.

Sea CaptainsSea Captains.

Sea ChantysSea Chantys.

Babb, J. B.
Barborn, G. W. and son
E.H. Boughton
Barnett, S. M.
Barret, John
Barritti, Louis
Birdsall, Frank
Blockman, Emanuel
Bloon, Isaac (Another source: Isaac Bloom)
Cobb, H.A.
Converse, Dennison
Davidson, J. W.
Davis, A. W.
Dennison, R .C. W.
Doyle, John
Dumont, M.
Flint, J. H.
Francia, Angelo
Galleger, Mr.
Gesford, P. G. and lady, sister and three children
Gilbert, Mr.
Greentree, Levi
Grieslon, James
Guthrie, W. G.
Heitz, Santiago
Hopkins, S. U.
Inabnet, Jacob (One source has this as Jacob Inabett)
Jenkins, P.
Johnson, J. Eastman
Jones, John S.C.
Jordan, James
Kahn, D.
Kenzie, Mr., lady and child
Kyes, Mrs. and two children
Lay, Chas H.
Loeb, Bernard (A second source has this as Bernhard Loeb)
Loupe, Leopolt
Mager, R. T.
Marcuse, M.
McAvoy, Francis
Noyes, T. S.
Patten, D. C.
Payne, Captain F. 
Pellegrini, Lucenzo and lady (A second source has: Iunecenzo Pellegrini and lady; and a third source has: Innocenzo Pellegrini and lady)
Priest, J. S.
Rainey, John
Rainey, William
Rapaque, Victor
Sands, Mr.
Sawyer, F. A.
Schmidts, M.
Schloss, Charles
Schools, E. (A second source has L. Schools; a third has I. Schools)
Selden, J. R.
Shelden, W. G.
Simms, R. E.
Smith, Lawrence and lady
Snyder, T. W.
Strong, Charles
Thayer, H.
Tuazle, R. B.
Victor, Madame
Ward, Fred T.
Weaver, H. S.
Wilkinson, R.
Wolfson, Aaron
Wratlin, G. L.
Zantzinger, L. F.

Early Mapping of the Pacific: The Epic Story of Seafarers, Adventurers and Cartographers Who Mapped the Earth's Greatest OceanEarly Mapping of the Pacific.
Ship Passengers.Author Thomas Suarez is a well-known authority on early maps whose previous books include Early Mapping of Southeast Asia (Periplus, 2000), which has become a standard work in the field. He has served as curator and advisor for collections and exhibitions dealing with the history of cartography, and has been an important source for early maps for the past twenty-five years.

The Mammoth Book of Life Before the Mast:
Sailors' Eyewitness Stories from the Age of Fighting Ships
Jon E. Lewis, Editor
Firsthand accounts of the real-life naval adventures behind the popular historical sagas of Patrick O'Brian and C. F. Forester. Twenty true-life adventures capture the glory and gore of the great age of naval warfare from the late eighteenth to the early nineteenth century -- the age of the French Revolutionary War, the Napoleonic Wars, and the War of 1812 -- when combat at sea was won by sheer human wit, courage, and endurance. Culled from memoirs, diaries, and letters of celebrated officers as well as sailors, the collection includes accounts of such decisive naval engagements as Admiral Horatio Nelson's on the Battle of the Nile in 1798 or Midshipman Roberts' on the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 and also glimpses into daily hardships aboard a man-of-war: scurvy, whippings, storms, piracy, press gangs, drudgery, boredom, and cannibalism.

Life of a Sailor (Seafarers' Voices) Ships, Shipping, Migration, World Seaports.Life At Sea.Ships, Shipping, Migration, World Seaports.
Frederick Chamier
Chamier went to sea in 1809 as an officer in the Royal Navy. Like his contemporary, Captain Frederick Marryat, he enjoyed a successful literary career and is remembered for his naval novels. This book, his first, is usually catalogued as fiction, although it is an exact account of his naval experiences, with every individual, ship, and event he described corroborated by his service records. Told with humor and insight, it is considered an authentic account of a young officer's service. From anti-slavery patrols off Africa to punitive raids on the American coast during the War of 1812, Chamier provides details of many lesser-known campaigns. His descriptions of British naval operations in America, which reflected his objection to bringing the war to the civilian population, were criticized by his seniors.

The Nagle Journal: A Diary of the Life of Jacob Nagle, Sailor, from the Year 1775 to 1841Stories of the Sea and Ships.
John C. Dann

Great Stories of the Sea & Ships Sea Stories and the history of America.
N. C. Wyeth
Life of a Sailor.Sea Stories and the history of America.More than 50,000 copies of this collection of high-seas adventures are in print. Not only does it showcase the fiction of such classic writers as Daniel Defoe, Jules Verne, and Jack London, but the entries also feature historic first-person narratives including Christopher Columbus' own account of his famous voyage in 1492. Vivid tales of heroic naval battles and dangerous journeys of exploration to the stories of castaways and smugglers. The variety of works includes The Raft of Odysseus, by Homer; Hans Christian Andersen's The Mermaid; The Specksioneer, by Elizabeth Gaskell; Washington Irving's The Phantom Island; and Rounding Cape Horn, by Herman Melville. Eighteen extraordinary black and white illustrations by Peter Hurd add to the volume's beauty.

The Rebel Raiders 
The Astonishing History of the Confederacy's Secret NavyShips, Shipping, Migration, World Seaports.

James T. deKay
Life at Sea.The Rebel Raiders.During its construction in Liverpool, the ship was known as Number 290. It was unleashed as the CSS Alabama, the Confederate gunship that triggered the last great military campaign of the Civil War, yet another infamous example of British political treachery, and the largest retribution settlement ever negotiated by an international tribunal: $15,500,000 in gold paid by Britain to the United States.

This true story of the Anglo-Confederate alliance that led to the creation of a Southern navy illuminates the dramatic global impact of the American Civil War. Like most things in the War between the States, it started over cotton: Lincoln's naval blockade prevented the South from exporting their prize commodity to England. In response, the Confederacy came up with a plan to divert the North's vessels and open a plan that would mean covertly building a navy in Britain, a strategy that involved a cast of clandestine characters.

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