Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s


SS Commodore Stockton

Arrive San Francisco

April 20, 1851
Captain Baker
From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


170 days from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, via Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Valparaiso, Child; Paita, Peru and Mazatlan, Mexico. Left Philadelphia on November 1, 1850. Actual running time (mostly under sail), 136 days. Very severe weather since leaving Mazatlan.


One box gun cartridges, boots, medicine, books, tobacco, five bbls dried applies, 25 kegs dried peaches, spades, cream of tartar, butter, cheese, candles, spirits and assorted goods.


J. Barnum and lady
J. Bell
W. H. Bullock
W. Calligan
W. H. Contant
G. W. Davis
Mrs. De Sota
Mrs. E. De Sota
Mrs. De Boom
Col. William F. English
A. R. Gandolfo
H. E. Hickman
E. C. Howe
J. R. King
T. C. Lee
A. Manahan
A. Merlin
F. B. Norris
H. J. Nott
J. J. Ruiz
L. Ryan
J. Sanchez
Captain Tillman
F. Tobey
W. Turnbull
J. B. Whalton
E. Wilson
W. S. C. Woods
T. Zimmer

Great Stories of the Sea & ShipsGreat Stories of the Sea and Ships.
N. C. Wyeth
Sea Stories and the history of America.More than 50,000 copies of this collection of high-seas adventures are in print. Not only does it showcase the fiction of such classic writers as Daniel Defoe, Jules Verne, and Jack London, but the entries also feature historic first-person narratives, including Christopher Columbus's own account of his famous voyage in 1492. Every page offers excitement, from vivid tales of heroic naval battles and dangerous journeys of exploration to the thrilling stories of castaways and smugglers. The variety of works includes The Raft of Odysseus, by Homer; Hans Christian Andersen's The Mermaid; Washington Irving's The Phantom Island; and Rounding Cape Horn, by Herman Melville. Eighteen extraordinary black and white illustrations by Peter Hurd add to the volume's beauty.

San Francisco: Yerba Buena -- From the Beginning to the Gold Rush 1769-1849San Francisco 1769 to 1849.
Early explorers sailed into San Francisco Bay in 1769. Eighty years later the city of San Francisco was a boom town with a population of 40,000. Here is a written and visual record of the discovery and exploration of the Bay and the settlement of Yerba Buena, which became San Francisco. Recounted by the discoverers, explorers, foreign visitors, and early residents. Includes many historic maps, charts, illustrations, and the first two surveys of the town of Yerba Buena.

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