Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s


SS Chesapeake

Arrive San Francisco

August 6, 1850
Captain Baldwin (Per "California Gold Rush Fleet Encyclopedia of Vessels Sailing from the East Coast of the United States and Canada for San Francisco, December 7, 1848-December 31, 1849" by John Bartlett Goodman. 
Captain Potter (Per Louis J. Rasmussen) 
From New York


Sea Routes.Sea Routes to the Gold Fields. Below decks.
Scene Below Decks

Left New York, New York on August 7, 1849 under command of Captain Baldwin with 26 passengers.

Arrived 364 days later on August 6, 1850 Cape Horn, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Callao, Peru, Panama and Monterey, California. Upon arrival, her captain is indicated as Captain Potter. It is possible that the captains changed during the voyage, but no report has been found indicating to confirm such a change.

The 392 ton Chesapeake was built in 1845 in New York and while she left at the same time as many of the Mining Company ships, she was not indicated as such. After arrival, the Chesapeakewas used in Coastal trade and ultimately condemned. 


38 bundles and 29 reams of paper, plus 126 packages unidentified merchandise.


Aaron, Alexandre 
Benerford, James 
Candy, Major 
Cole, Ira and lady 
De Fleury, E. 
De La Perriere, L. X. 
Doran, James 
Ferguson, E. H. 
Harding, Jona 
Henry, Isaac 
Kallahan, Catharine 
Kallahan, Timothy 
Levy, Harris 
Little, Samuel 
Marsden, F. A. 
McElroy, James 
Merrill, G. 
O'Neill, John 
Oisine, George W. 
Payne, George 
Poisers, Rosa S. 
Pollock, Ellen 
Redfield, A. M., M.D. 
Travers, James 
Travers, John 
Wears, William

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