Passengers: San Francisco 1800s

S.S. Brother Jonathan

Arrive San Francisco

October 21, 1854
Captain Seabury
With passengers from the wrecked Yankee Blade.

October 12, 1854, Sacramento Daily Union, Sacramento, California, U.S.A.

The Brother Jonathan left last night for the scene of the . disaster, to bring up the passengers left at San Diego. Upon the arrival of the vessel our police force will be upon the alert, to 'arrest all the desperadoes who come up in her, and who are known to have taken part in the murderous scenes enacted upon the Yankee Blade. It has been said that ihe compasses of the Blade, were altered by some of the villains on board, so as to produce the result which has transpired. The Herald of this morning publishes a rumor to the effect "that the Southerner, on her last trip up, passed the Yankee Blade not far off Point Aguilla. She (the Southerner) afterwards met the Goliah, spoke her, and told the captain to keep a look out for the Blade, as from the course she was pursuing, when the S. saw her, she was in danger of going ashore. This was the reason the Goliah ran so close in shore herself."

If this be true, and it seems probable, the entire matter should be thoroughly investigated, not as such cases usually are, in "Star Chambers," but open and publicly, so that all the facts may become known, and the "guilty parties, whoever they may be, held responsible, "it is stated that the report of the purser, regarding the loss of human life, is incorrect, that it comes nearer two hundred than to fifty. If a perfect list of all the passengers that left here in her was kept, the accurate loss can easily be arrived at. As it is the loss of life is severe enough to cast many happy heart into gloom and dispair.

October 21, 1854, Daily Alta California, San Francisco


The steamship Brother Jonathan, Capt. Seabury, which left here on Monday evening last, arrivid at about one o'clock this morning, having on board six hundred of the wrecked passengers belonging to the Yankee Blade.

The Brother Jonathan arrived at San Diego on the night of the 11th, and the next day posters were circulated through tbe town notifying the passengers that they would be taken, passage free; and at 3 P. M.she left for this port.

We failed, from seme cause, to get a report from the ship purser or news collector, and are indebted to J. W. Sullivan for the few items we publish.

The wrecked passengers appeared to have been enjoying themselves to the full extent allowed by the limits ol tbe town, but expressed much disappointment when it was announced that they were to be carried back to San Francisco instead of being dispatched through to New York. Thbe ill feeliig and disappointment, however, soon disappeared after their embarkation, and they were nearly alll reconciled and pleased with their treatment on board the Brother Jonathan.

But one death had occurred among the passengers during their stay at San Diego, a Mrs. Standish, formerly of Norwich, Conn. Mrs. Lonsdale, one of the passengers who returned in the Brother Jonathan, lost four children during the confusion and excitement of leaving leaving the wrecked steamer.

The Brother Jonathan, on her downward and return trips, passed in sight ot the spot where the Yankee Blade was lost, but did not see the least vestige of the wreck, nor does she report having seen or heard of the Carolina.

The passengers were received by the citizens of San Diego with kindness and hospitality, and the best possible provision made for their comfort. A long statement trom the passengers appears in the San Diego Herald, in which they describe minutely the particulars of the disaster, and confirm the statements already published, relating to the robbery, plundering and disgusting conduct of a certain class on board, the crew at the vessel.

We are requested to publish the following resolutions, which were adopted at a meeting of the passengers on board the Brother Jonathan:—

Resolved, That we are under deep and lasting obligations to C. K. Garrison, Esq., Agent for the Nicaragua Line of Steamers, for fitting out their splendid steamer Brother Jonathan and coming to our immediate rescue and assistance. Also fro the generous manenr in which he provisioned the vessel for our use at so short notice, GRATIS.

Resolved, That we would express our admiration of teh seamanship of Capt. C. P. Seabury, commander of the steamship BrotherJonathan, and as a testimonial of our gratitude for his kindness and attention to us in the trip from San Diego to San Francisco, make him a suitable present.

Resolved, That we would offer our thanks to Purser Samuel Lea, First Officer Thomas Huntington, Surgeon B. K. Fitch, Chief Engineer S. F. Lewis. L. H. Berkele, Steward, and the other officers of the vessel, for thier affability and strenuous exertions to make our situation as pleasant as in their power, and would express our unanimous approval of their abilities and competency for their different offices.


The following is the passenger list by the Brother Jonathan, from San Diego, composed of the pasengers of the ill-fated Yankee Blade. The memoranda and particulars of the passage we gave yesterday.

(Editor's Note: Following List is extremely difficult to read. Please check the list from Sacramento papers to confirm spellings.)

Mrs. and Mrs. Samuel Chadwick, Mr. Chadwick, Mr. and Mrs. Picket and children, Mr. Standish and child, Mrs. Logston, Miss Craig, Mr. and Mrs. Rosenbaum, Mrs. J. Owen, Mr. J. Owen, E. A. Ensor, J. Fons, S. F. Roger, K. Welsh, B. Ellingsworth, W. Jackson, J. W. Whirwin, E. J. Cheesney, R. Doser, J. Rahn, Jas Lyon, Mr. Packard, Mr. Bearce, Mr. Red, Mr. Marsh, Geo Bellis, Mr. Merchand, Mr. Packard, Wm. Noble, I. W. Brown, J. Dacker, Isaac Gill, J. Patterson, J. F. Henry, E. Woodruff, J. Cantwell, J. F. Arnold, J. Barnes and two children, D. O. Roberts, G. Wetone, F. Grigs, Jas. Sherman, Mr. Eagle, Mr. Burrows, E. Parr, Jas Hanford, G. W. Read, Mr. Hughes, W. Simmons, W. Haywood, W. Vassar, Mr. M. Carey, N. W. Starr, Spearman, Oakley, M. Daniels, O. Alren, Wiggins, Houseman, Mrs. Elder, David Walley, D. Gommins, J. Hockman, P Grans, R. J. Engars, D. T. Cheat, D. B. Harnet, M. J. Jackson, D. F. Day, J. Baker, E. Thomas, W. H. Brown, J. D. Mead, R. Garner, A. Banger, E. Blumindale, P. Griffied. Eder, J. W. Gifford, Jipge Kenzie, E. Brady, W. Hackel, J. H. Cowen, J. B. Easton, R. Powers, J. Thompson, Bargood, W. Hawley, W. M. Gordon, P. Roberts, J. Eaton, L. Rowen, T. Renarre, W. Martin, A. J. Read, J. Webe, L. B. Bowman, C. Damon, A. N. Davis, Bond, H. M. Brown, H. H. Leitre, F. M. Murr, I. A. Bolby, Mrs. Magayoms, J. G. Shelden, Mr. Allen, J. A. Smith, Mrs. Bell, Mrs. Spalding, Mr.Town, Capt. B. Cogswell, Capt. J. Gardner, J. Drake, A. Leach, Mrs. Poole, R. C. Scrimsger, G. W. Foll, Mr. Channel, C. Mayn, Thos. Bryan, S. Marsh, Mr. Kelley, C. C. Gray, Mrs. Bonney, M. S. McCoy, F. Marshall, J. McFadden, J. McCloud, J. F. Chevalier, F. Bersley, Mrs. Moore, J. Taller, Mrs. Hensemann, Mr. Baird, H. M. Bush, Thos. Evans, D. Evans, W. Seaman, G. Wall, A. Leach, J. Lee, T. Harwood, Mr. Daniels, Mr. Hollenbeck, W. A. Bennon, A. Boiser, J. E. Wilkenson, J. E. Ferris, Mrs. McGinnis, Mr. Menninger, D. Sullivan, J. E. Fletcher, H. Newman, J. G. Curran, J. Garney, W. A. Rix, N. Levy, Andrew Moore, and 400 in the steerage.

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