Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s

SS Brother Jonathan

Arrive San Francisco

February 2, 1854 
Captain James H. Blethen 
From San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

February 3, 1854, Daily Alta California, San Francisco

160 Lives!
Destruction of Monster Ship Great Republic

The Nicaraguan steamer Brother Jonathan arrived yesterday morning, with dates from New York to 5th January. She brings up to six hundred passengers, among who is the celebrated cantatrice Madam Anna Bishop. The Brother Jonathan was detained outside the heads 24 hours in a fog. We are indebted to Mr. Leas for the following memoranda:


Steamship Brother Jonathan left San Francisco Dec. 31st. Jan 5th, 2 P.M., Lat. 26.36, Long. 112-39, exchanged papers with the whale ship Cooper Fisher, 20 months out, 1900 bbls. Oil, 60 galls. Black fish trying (sic) out on deck. 10 A.M., passed a whale ship 20 miles north of Cape Lazaro, trying out. Arrived at San Jose del Sur, 12th Jan. Left San Juan on the night of the 18th. 26th, off Cape St. Lucas, spoke with whale ship Saratoga, Harding, 14 months out, 1500 bbls., oil. Jan 30th, exchanged papers with whale ship Tudeso, Pierce, New Bedford, 26 months out, 2700 bbls. oil 30 minutes past noon, off Point Conception, passed a large schooner beating to the southward, with a crowd of passengers on deck, round stern, a figure head blue. The Brother Jonathan brings 600 passengers.

The most important news by this steamer is the confirmation of the purchase of a large portion of the Mexican territory by our Government, and the total loss of the monster clipper, Great Republic.

Don't Tread on Me.

We learn from our special correspondent that Mr. James Gadsden, our Minister to Mexico, has negotiated a treaty with that government, which is now in the hands of the President, and by which we are to receive another large slice of the domain of that republic, on condition that we effectually check the depredations of the Indians on the Mexican frontier. There are also provisions by which, on the payment of fifty millions of dollars, we are to become possessed of the peninsula of Lower California, of Sonora, and of as much other Mexican territory as will place directly in our hands a practical route for a railroad.

-- N. Y. Herald

We learn from Washington that sailors resident in California are to receive their extra pay here, instead of being put to the trouble of sending to the national capital for it.

The Illinois, with passengers and specie of the wrecked ship Winfield Scott, arrived safely in New York on the 5th of January, at noon.

There was a riot in Cincinnati on Christmas day. An organized body of Germans, numbering about 500, made a demonstration against Bishop Bedini, the Popes Nuncio. They marched to his residence and commenced shouting and groaning. In passing the police office, the police rushed out and each arrested a man. Many shots were fired. The rioters finally fled, about 60 of their number having been arrested. The cause of the animosity which the Germans entertain against the Nuncio is, his betrayal of the cause of liberty in Italy in 1848. The prisoners were all discharged, the prosecution failing to make out a case.

The Railroad troubles at Eire, Pa. still continue.

Colonade Row, on Brooklyn Heights, has been burned to the ground.

John A. Parker, one of the wealthiest merchants in New Bedford, is dead.

Capt. W. D. M. Howard, of San Francisco, wife and family, are gone to the West Indies, for the benefit of their health.


Abrahams, J. W.
Aiken, J. wife and child
Alger, J. H. 
Allen, E.
Allen, J.
Angel, J. F.
Annehy, W. B.
Appenheimer, Mr.
Athay, Mrs. & 2 ch.
Baldwin, N., Wells Fargo and Co. Messenger
Ballard, C.
Banks, W.
Barrows, A. J.
Bartlett, E.
Bartlett, G.
Bassett, C. A.
Beckwith, B.
Beloap, J.
Betchel, M.
Bishop, Madame Anna and servt.
Bochsa, Mr.
Bovee, M.
Bovee, W. R.
Bryan, A.
Bryan, M. J.
Bullock, Judge
Carpenter, M. B.
Carthy, D.
Chaplain, H.
Cobb, Miss
Comstock, H. J. and wife
Conner, C.
Crittenden, E.
Croosimeler, D.
Currier, J. W.
Curry, John
Curtis, G.
Delano, P. Z.
Dodd, J.
Dodd, Mrs. S. and 3 children
Doub, V. D.
Douglas, T. L.
Doures, G.
Down, Miss J.
Draper, C. R.
Dye, J. T. wife & ch
Dye, Lieut.
Eddy, Mrs.
Eddy, R., and wife
Edwards, Miss C. L.
Elliott, S. E.
Field, W. H.
Finnan, Mrs. M. and servant
Finnie, R. & wife
Ford, Mrs. and daughter
Foster, L. P.
Fourtlehot, A.
Freeborn, A. S.
French, C. H.
Friedlander, E.
Gaffney, W.
Gardner, A.
Gates, E. F.
Gilfillan, M. (Giltillan)
Gilfillan, R. (Giltillan)
Gilfillan, W. J. (Giltillan)
Grier, Major
Haine, A.
Haine, Dr.
Hamilton, Charles F.
Hane, B. M.
Hanes, F.
Harris, Miss J.
Hasburgh, S.
Hewett, Miss
Hicks, W. J.
Hollingsworth, J. D. wife & ch.
Hollingsworth, N. F.
Hood, Lieut.
Jenks, L. B.
Johnson, A. P.
Keats, John
Keeny, Dr., wife, 2 children and servant
Keeny, George
Kelly, J. A.
King, Rev. M
Knight, J. L.
Knight, S. P.
Lad, J. L.
Latimer, Lieut.
Lenfestre, D.
Little, E. J.
Lumader, J. J. (Lumsder)
Lynch, G. H.
Macan, Rev. P.
Maguire, Thomas
Mamdock, Mr.
Marsh, J. G.
Mason, J. B.
Masseth, M.
Mathewson, J.
McAllister, L.
McCreran, A.
McDonald, R.
McNutt, J.
McNutt, J. M.
McWilliams, J.
Merrill, O. S.
Merse, A. B.
Miles, J. G.
Miller, E. J.
Mitchell, J. S.
Mogan, Mrs J. and 2 children
Moimble, E. D.
Moody, G. O.
Morris, Mrs. Anna
Myer, A.
Myer, M.
Nolting, Mrs. E. and child
Norwan, Mrs. M. and 5 children
Pease, Mr. H.
Peloze, Mrs.
Peloze, W. S.
Pemvell, W. N.
Peters, R.
Philips, Miss R. 
Pine, J. M.
Plymin, S.
Polk, R.
Pope, H., and wife
Porter, T., wife and child
Putney, H. S.
Risdon, A. H.
Robinson, Mr. and wife
Ross, L., wife and son
Roy, J. C.
Sales, A.
Sanbbern, C. K. C. (sic)
Sargant, E. J.
Shaw, J. P.
Shearer, T. J.
Simmonds, C.
Smith, J.
Smith, T., wife and three children
Stephenson, W. M.
Stone, A.
Sutherland, C.
Sweeny, D.
Taft, B.
Taggart, R.
Walbridge, E.
Walton, W.
Webb, Lieut.
White, S. P.
Wigging, C. W.
Wilson, S.
Wood, Mrs. & 4 ch.
Woulen, J. M.
270 in the steerage; also 135 U S soldiers; 4 soldiers' wives, and 3 children - total 500 passengers.

Early Mapping of the Pacific: The Epic Story of Seafarers, Adventurers and Cartographers Who Mapped the Earth's Greatest OceanEarly Mapping of the Pacific.
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The Mammoth Book of Life Before the Mast:
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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

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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.

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