Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s

SS Columbia

Arrive San Francisco

August 14, 1852
Captain Dall
17-1/2 days from Panama. 200 passengers.


August 14, 1852, Daily Alta California, San Francisco

Isthmus Intelligence

Detention of the Golden Gate. Capt. Dall, of the Columbia, has called upon us to state the facts in regard to the detention of the steamer Golden Gate and the reported sickness on board.

The Ohio arrived at Aspinwnll on the16th of July, bringing the 4th Regiment of U.S. Infantry, consisting of about 1000 men. Rations were furnished to them, and they were allowed to find their way across the Isthmus as best they could. Before arriving at their destination, the provisions of many failed, when they they indulged themselves in eating heartily of all kinds of fruit. The consequence was that many were affected with a species of the cholera. Three of their number died, when the Golden Gate was removed to Toboga, where fifteen more died. Mr. Edward Flint, the agent of the Pacific Mail Steamship Company, immediately placed three surgeons belonging to the company on board, and converted a store-ship into a hospital. Every attention was paid to those who were sick and every precaution used to check the malady.

Panama City.

The Golden Gate will be detained at Panama (Image: Panama City) until she can obtain a clean bill of health, and until the baggage of the troops can be placed on board. She may be looked for to-day or to-morrow, and will probably bring the mails up to the 20th--two weeks later. There is great credit due the Pacific Mail Company for their prompt exertions in relieving and taking care of the sick and suffering.

The Unicorn was in readiness at Panama, and would be dispatched with those who desired to leave before the Golden Gate could be got ready.


Not noted; to E. Knight

From the hills of San Francisco.


To E. Knight


SS Columbia arrives in San Francisco August 14, 1852

DIED on board steamship Columbia, on her passage from Panana to this port--

July 31st, Joel W. Forst, of dysentery, formerly of Peekskill, Westchester county, N.Y., aged 29 yuears.

August 2nd, William A. Bates, of typhoid fever, formerly of Cummington, Mass. aged 22. Was buried at Acapulco.

August 4th, Dominici Bradici, of dysentery, a native of Switzerland, aged 23.

August 9th, Richard Martin, of debility, of Bangor, Me., aged 55.

David Woods, of debility, of Dunstable, Mass, aged 39.

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