Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s

SS California

San Francisco 1850.

SS California

Arrive San Francisco

October 10, 1849
Captain T. A. Budd
From Panama: 23 days, 339 passengers


The SS California Arrives First in California

The Weekly Alta California heralded the arrival of the first steamship to San Francisco and on February 1, 1849 called for its readers to:

"Look Out for the Steamer!"

"The knowing ones say we may daily look for the first steamer. If this be so, ought not our citizens to take some steps to manifest their joy at an occasion so full of interest to this Port We most strenuously recommend the holding of a public meeting, the appointment of a committee of arrangements, and the raising of a fund for burning of powder and spermaceti on the occasion. It is an event so fraught with future hopes of advantage, that our memories will almost deserve execration if we do not celebrate the event in proper style and spirit. It is an epoch that deserves to be brought into bold relief, and he who takes an active part in getting up a judicious observance of the occasion will, ten years hence, think it the proudest event in his life. Come, come, you that have amassed so much gold since the opening of the mines, "down with your dust," and let us show the new comers that this is a "land o cakes," jollity, generosity, and kind-feelings, as well as a land of enterprise and gold."

Alta California Tri-Weekly, October 11, 1849

Indian Disturbances in Florida ~ Projected Invasion of Cuba
Interesting Abduction Case, etc., etc., etc.

The Pacific Mail Steamer California, Captain Budd, came up the Harbor and anchored off the town at about 9 oclock this morning. She has about 339 passengers, but NO MAIL!. The latest dates from New York are of September 1st. We are indebted, as usual, to the attentions of Sullivan & Co., through their efficient Express, for the prompt delivery of full files of United States papers.

The news from the Atlantic side is not of an exciting nature. The Cholera is gradually on the decrease in the principal cities of the Union, but its ravages continue in Canada and Europe. In New York City, on the 28th August, 14 deaths are reported. In Brooklyn, August 31, only three deaths.

Arrival of Rey in New Orleans--The brig Salvadora has arrived at this port after a passage of 8 days from Havana. She has on board Rey, the abducted Spaniard, who was given up by the Captain General of Cuba without a formal demand being made for him. He has been sent home by the American Consul. Since his arrival he has given testimony, in which he stated that he had been abducted. He was required to give bail as security for his appearance at the trial of the Spanish Consul . . .

The Florida Indians are creating apprehensions of trouble, having already made demonstrations of hostility towards the white settlers.

A number of murders have been committed, and further outrages are anticipated. Several companies of U.S. troops have been dispatched to the scene of disorder. A general war will probably grow out of the difficulty . . .

The Cuba Invasion

It is notorious that for some time past, preparations of an extensive character have been in progress in New York, for some secret military expedition. The leaders are evidently shrewd, intelligent, but desperate men, several of whom held commissions in the late American army in Mexico. Quite a number of Spaniards are in close intimacy with them. Several large meetings in furtherance of the movement have been held lately in that city.

There is a deep interest felt and expressed in behalf of California, on the Atlantic side of the Rocky Mountains; the course it may take concerning the formation of a Government; its settlement and progress; its trade, harbors and mines, and the best and quickest mode of getting to it, furnish topics of common conversation everywhere. The public journals are filled with intelligence of what is doing at San Francisco or on the Banks of the Sacramento; more especially are men of all parties anxious to hear that California has framed and adopted a free and liberal political constitution.


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Abramson, Jno.
Bourne, T.
Bradley, Bob't (Rob't )
Brennan, R.
Brown, F. J.
Bunting, J. H.
Burke, Corn's
Burnside, Jas.
Cole, J. R.
Corcoran, W.
Curtis, L.
Danbury, D. M.
Danbury, G. J.
Dark, D. M.
De Burilien, J.
De Olivera, J.
Denniston, R.
Dillon, Jas.
Doherty, M.
Dormington, O.
Duberbeard, E.
Emerick, E. W.
Emmons, W.
Ford, Edw.
Fountain, Wm.
Frisby, W.
Fullerton, J.
Gaar, O. P.
Galland, Julius
Garman, J.
Gibson, Chas.
Gober, A.
Goodwin, H. L.
Gossir, H.
Graham, J. S.
Green, Wm., and lady
Gurley, R.
Hart, H.
Hartman, Henry
Hayard, P. F., lady and child
Haycock, Jesse
Heart, Jno. D.
Herre, W. F.
Holt, W. H.
Hookey, J. P.
Horrell, B. H.
Horton, Alex. H.
Ingraham, E.
James, E. D.
Janssen, Thos.
Jefferson, T. H.
Johnson, Mrs.
Johnston, W. J.
Jones, J. W.
Keller, Henry D.
Kennedy, W. C.
Keown, Jas. R.
Kiver, Henry
Knight, Jno.
Kohler, Fred.
Lamb, David
Larin, E. T.
Lewis, Jas.
Macondrugh, J.
Malloney, W.
Mantine, Jose
Mariner, C.
McCaffrey, M.
McCready, Mrs.
Meacham, R., and lady
Meade, Capt. R. W., and son
Middlebrook, Chas.
Minor, D. K.
Moore, J. S.
Morse, C. E. G.
Mousillet, A.
Musselman, D.
Oliver, C.
O'Neil, W.
Payne, E. D.
Payne, S.
Peake, W. B.
Perine, Wm.
Perry, H. A.
Polock, P. H.
Price, D.
Rabe, W.
Reade, J.
Rennels, R.
Rhodes, A.
Rust, Mrs. R.
Rust, R.
Schnessler, Mrs. A., and child
Schnessler, P.
Schnessler, W.
Schnessler, Wm., and 2 children
Scoffey, P. M., and lady
Scott, G. W.
Selling, Jno.
Shaw, Jacob
Shaw, Jno.
Smith, Geo.
Smith, Jno. H.
Snyder, G. R.
Spiro, Chas.
Stettinius, Sam'l
Thyler, T.
Tibbetts, H. J.
Trigur, Mrs.
Tucker, F. T.
Viokar, Jno. M.
Walters, S. R.
Ward, Jno.
Warren, W. S.
Weller, Col.
Wheat, A. L.
Whitmore, C.
Whittlesey, E. T.
Zinnerman, Jno. B.

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