Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s

SS China

Arrive San Francisco

March 31, 1868
S. S. China
Captain George E. Lane
From Hongkong via Yokohama

Arrival of The "China" from China and Japan.

The P. M. steamship China, Capt. Lane, from Hongkong via Yokohama, arrived at her berth at 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon. Following are her memoranda, passenger list, etc:


The P. M. S. S. Company's steamer China, Geo E. Lane, Commander, sailed from San Francisco January 13th at 12:15 p.m., with 808 passengers and 6,589 packages merchandise, $586,673.09 and U. S. Mails.

February 7th at 19:45 p. m., arrived at Yokohama, discharged freight, passengers, mails etc., and sailed on the 9th at 10:10 a.m., for Hongkong, where we arrived February 15th at 7:30 a.m. One death occurred among the Chinese, the body was carried into Hong Kong.

Returning left Hongkong February 25th at 4 p.m., with U. S. mails, 801 passengers, 16,715 packages merchandise, and $2,803.50. Arrived at Yokohama March 4th, at 9:10 a.m., (where we were detained 4 days and 4 hours on account of severe weather), discharged and received passengers, freight, and mails, and sailed for San Francisco March 8th at 1 p.m.

Experienced, going over, strong easterly gales part of the time. No deaths have occurred, and the general health of the passengers has been excellent.


By the P.M.S.S. Co's steamer China, which arrived at this port on the afternoon of March 31st, we have newspaper files from Hongkong and Shanghai to February 25th, and from Yokohama to the 8th of March.


The following summary is extracted from the Japan Gazette, Yokohama, March 6th.

Since the departure of the last U S. mail steamer, the Great Republic, on the 26th January, matters have taken a turn in Japan which could hardly have been expected. The Tycoon has been defeated in battle, between Osaka and Kioto, by the allied Diamios, who were in rebellion and had to leave on board one of his men-of-war for Yedo. The Daimios have secured the person of the young Mikado (henceforth to be styled Emperor), a child twelve years of age. They issue orders in his name, and that places those those who disobey them, even thought it be the Tycoon himself, in the position of rebels.

Mikado, Japan, Cigarette Poster.

At the end of January the troops of the Tycoon and of the rebel Daimios came into collision, and on the 4th of February the news came to Yokohama that the latter had prevailed. At first success seemed to be with the Tycoon, but a Daimio who commanded a large division of his forces traitorously went over to the enemy, and placed victory entirely in the hands of the confederates. The troops entered Osaka and burned the Castle of the Tycoon and a number of Government buildings; the Tycoon making his escape on board the United States ship Iroquois, and ultimately to his own frigate, the Kai-yuo-mar, which immediately left with him for Yedo.

The Foreign Legations were all forced at once to leave Osaka, and make the best of their way to Kobe, where the Governor told them that he was no longer able to answer for their protection, and recommended that all foreigners should find safety on their ships. This was very different from the plans of such men as had the direction of our interests. The Governor, Vice Governor, and all the Tycoon's officials left in a chartered steamer for Yokohama, and Kobe was placed under the protection of our own forces, with the determination to hold it to the last. Of course, business was but little thought about, the whole design was to retain possession of the footing we had attained. No great alarm was felt by foreigners, because, although upon the departure of the Ministers from Osaka their residences were burnt or ransacked, it was felt that the policy of the ascendant party, whichever it might be. Tycoon or Confederate, would be to bid high for foreign support.

It proved so, but not before a collision occurred which showed the spirit that was in foreigners. A high retainer of the Prince of Bizen passed through the settlement with a retinue of some 150 samurai. To the great man all the Japanese bowed with their faces to the earth; but the foreigners not doing so, evidently irritated the band, and either without any provocation, or no great annoyance than their path being crossed by a Frenchman, they commenced an attack by spearing the Frenchman and firing down the street, wounding an American.

Sir Harry Parkes in Japan.

Quick as thought the American guard, from the Custom House; the English troops and Legation guard, with Sir Harry Parkes (image right) at their head, and a bevy of private citizens, were after them, and they retreated to the hill country, a distance of some 3 or 4 miles to the rear of the settlement. On the return of the pursuers, a large force of marines and sailors had been landed from the ships, and the place placed under martial law. Barricades were thrown up, pickets and outposts established, and every possible, precaution taken. Even high officers of the Princes were refused permission to pass through the settlement to Osaka, but were politely informed that they must go by the hill road and every armed Japanese who was found in the settlement was disarmed. Five ships belonging to the Daimios were taken and placed under the guns of our own ships. Satsuma and Choshin had thus another opportunity of studying the active tactics of foreign forces, and speedily set about smoothing things over.

An officer arrived from Satsuma, but was told that the Ministers would confer with none but the Princes themselves. After a few days a high functionary, from the Mikado or Emperor himself, arrived and requested an interview with the Ministers, which led, after a discussion of some two hours, to the end of the state of siege and the acquiescence of foreigners in the altered state of affairs.

It transpired that the Emperor, although but a child, was still supreme, and all orders issued in his name must be obeyed throughout the land. Satsuma, Choshiu and Tosa, are the Princes more immediately having the control of his Government, l undertook the responsibilities with regard to foreigners that had already been entered into. The foreign settlement would be placed under the officers of the Daimios who would replace those of the Tycoon. The losses of foreigners would be paid by Bizen no Kami, and the great man who was the means of the outbreak should be decapitated.

On the departure of the functionary, it was understood that at no distant day the Ministers should visit the Emperor at Kioto.

Mikado, the play.

The Tycoon arrived at Yedo, and great efforts were at once made to collect troops from all quarters and to purchase arms and ammunition. Several foreign steamers, among them P. M. S. S. Co. storeship Hermann, were employed in the conveyance of troops from the coast to Yedo, and active preparations of defence were entered upon. Yokohama was garrisoned by about 2,500 troops, of whom 500 are said to be from the Tycoon's body-guard and picked men. Nagasaki was quietly handed over to the new Government; but all seems to point to a determined stand here. The Tycoon, in his Capital is in a most favorable position, and if he can only find loyal servants and good Generals, he may hold this half the Empire without difficulty. A chain of hills, known as the Hakoni Range, forms an all but impenetrable barrier, and the single pass might be defended by a few hundred resolute men, if well officered, against all the enemy could bring.


For New York

Hon. A. Burlingame and Chi Ta-Gen, Sun Ta-Gen, 9 others and 18 servants, Chinese Embassy
W. S. Taylor
W. B. Rundle
S. Cox
J. Shabert
E. Deschamps
A. Bavier
G. R. Davies
Mr. Tyson and family
J. O. Fraser and family
Thomas Thomas
F. O. Wellman
Capt. F. H. Baker, U.S.N. and servants
W. D. Clarke
Miss Sallie Phelps
J. McLeary Brown
Dr. Yesiro
F. Secchi
M. G. Gill

For San Francisco

E. Cran
L. Kniffler
Geo. T. Hall
C. L. Austin
J. S. Rolls
Mr. Wauliss
Mrs. J. S. Watson & son
W. B. Spratt
J. T. Holliday
J. B. Putnam
J. C. Knox
Mrs. Batchelder & 2 sons
Isaac Miller
Fred'k Dreyer
E. H. Carl
W. Fletcher, Jr.
J. M. Hood and wife
Mr. Jones, wife and 2 children
Alex Fernier
Mr. Dwyer
A. Mont and child
J. Galway
and 738 Chinese

November 21, 1900, San Francisco Call, San Francisco, California, U. S. A.

Departure of the Steamer China.

The China sailed for the Orient yesterday. She took away a number of missionaries and about 120 cabin passengers.

The China carries a general cargo, valued at $179,145, manifested as follows; For China, $105,400: Japan, $47,799; Manila, $15,574; East Indies, $6,894; Vladivostok, $2,816; Korea, $662.

The following were the principal shipments:

For China 25 cb absinthe, 80 cs. bottled beer, 9357 lbs bread. 12,375 lbs cheese, 1317 cs canned goods, 1530 lbs chocolate, 450 lbs dried fruit, 8390 bbls flour, 280 bxs fruit, 4 drums glycerine, 8444 lbs ginseng, 2514 pkgs groceries and provisions, 14,166 lbs ham and bacon, 15 bxs lemons, 8 pkgs machinery, 525 crs potatoes, 14 pkgs photo goods, 780O lbs pearl barley, 6 era stoves, 2 bbls whisky, 3200 gals wine.

For Japan 6 cs arms and ammunition, 3 crs agricultural implements, 600 bales cotton, 736 cs canned foods, 1500 lbs coffee. 12,220 lbs dried fruit, 875 bbls flour, 1032 pkgs groceries and provisions, 31 bales hose, 11 bales hay, 60 rolls 4 pkgs leather, 15C0 lbs mlllstuffs, 10 pkgs pipe and fittings, 100 bxs raisins, 10 cs rubber shoes, 1100 lbs sugar, 25 cs soap, 216,492 lbs soda, 10 cs salmon.

For Manila 5 cs photo goods, 14 pkgs plumbing material, 4 crs forges, 60 cs canned good, 8 cs salmon, 26 cs stationery, 21 cs typewriters, 1554 gals wine, 1100 gals beer, 10 cs playing cards, 40 bxs lemons, 15 billiard outfits, 150 cs 2 bbls whisky, 125 bxs apples, 50 bxs oranges, 3500 crs potatoes, 1700 crs onions.

For East Indies 1706 gals wine, 755 cs salmon, 669 cs canned goods, 94 cs sugar, 17 pkgs groceries and provisions, 16 bxs fruit, 30 crs bookcases.

For Vladivostok 250 lbs soap, 67 pkgs photo goods, 10 cs carbons.

For Korea 7 cs stationery, 71 pkgs groceries and provisions.

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