Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s


SS Constitution

October 11, 1863 
SS Constitution 
Captain J. T. Watkins 
From Panama


Daily Alta California, Monday, October 12, 1863

The steamer Constitution, arrived from Panama yesterday morning. The following is her memoranda.


The Pacific Mail Steam Company steamer Constitution, J. T. Watkins Commander, left Panama Sept. 26th, at 10 P.M., connecting with steamer Champion from New York, Sept. 14th; arrived at Acapulco October 3d, at 10 A.M., discharged 616 packages freight, received supplies and 100 tons coal, and sailed at 4 P.M., October 4th. At 4:30 P.M., were boarded by U.S. steamer Narragansett.

Arrived at Manzanillo same day at 10 P.M., discharged 771 (or 71) packages freight, and sailed October 5th, and 9 A.M. October 7th, at 11:30 A.M., passed steamer St. Louis bound down; same day at 10 P.M., passed a steamer, supposed to be the Moses Taylor; arrived at San Francisco October 11th, at 1:30 P.M. The Orizaba arrived at Panama at 2:30 P.M. of Sept. 26th. Left in port at Panama, U.S. Ship St. Marys, U.S. Steamer Saginaw, H.B.M. steamer Charybdis, and coal shipsEuterpe and Thibaud. At Acapulco, U.S. storeship Farallones.

The Constitution brings 1,426 firkins butter, 150 cases cigars, 90 boxes tobacco, 93 sacks coffee, 210 packages hardware, 9 boxes specie, and 5,713 packages general merchandise.


Jones & Bendixen offered the following cargo as being from the "Ex Steamer Constitution" in the October 15 and 16, 1863 Daily Alta California:


Genuine Havana Cigars

Friday . . . . . . . October 16, 1863
At 11 oclock A.M.
EX-STEAMER "Constitution"

An Original Invoice of about 200,000
Choicest brands Havana Cigars,
Comprising the very best brands received in this market.

H.M. Newhall & Co., Auctioneers

 listed the following cargo as being from the "Ex Steamer Constitution" in the October 16, 1863 Daily Alta California:

Dry Goods, Clothing, Woolen Goods, Furnishing Goods, White Goods, Embroideries, Laces, Cutlery, Ribbons, Combs, &c., &c.

500 Pairs Custom-made, fine Cassimere Pants
--Pieces Fancy Colored Merinos;
--Pieces Fine Black Alpaccas;
--Pieces 80-inch Shirting Check;
--Pieces Black and Colored Velvet Ribbon
--Dozen Ladies Lisle Threat Hose;
--Dozen Ladies White and Colored Hose;
--Dozen Misses and Childrens White and Colored Cotton and Wool Hose;
--Dozen Ladies and Gents White Linen Hemstitched Handkerchiefs;
--Papers, Solid Head American Pins, assorted Nos.;
--Pieces Fine Irish Linens;
--Pieces Linen Lawns;
--Pieces White Muslin, Extra Quality;
--Pieces Embroideries and Insertings;
--Embroidered Collars, Sleeves and Bands:


A Line Victorines, Scarfs, Capes, Sontags, Hoods and Cuffs;
An Invoice Silk, Scotch Gingham and Alpacca, Steel and Whalebone Frame, Umbrellas
A Line Silk Fancy Neck Ties;
An Invoice, assorted Nos. Ivory-Combs;
An Invoice J.R. Dressing Combs;
A Line Fine Quality Pearl Buttons.


Balmoral Skirts, Shirt Fronts, Chemise, Childrens Aprons and Drawers, Corsets, Gimps and Fringes, Hair Brushes, Nubias, Shawls, Infants Waists, Laces, Dress Trimmings, Collars, Linen Tapes, Printed Handkerchiefs, Linen Thread, Gauntlets, Buck Gloves, etc.


An Invoice Gents and Boys Nutra, Beaver, and Planter Hats.
A Line Desirable Table Cutlery;
An Invoice Razors, Hair Brushes, etc.


Dozen Butcher Knives, assorted sizes;
Cases Wrights C.S. Picks, Light and Heavy; Brick Trowels; Brass Racking Cocks; Loose Key and Bibb Cocks, etc.


At 10 oclock.
For account whom it may concern--



181 Boxes, each 5 and 10 Tiels, Prepared Smoking Opium.

1 Cask French Porcelain Ware, assorted.


(Partial List): Note: The following passengers from the Constitution were noted as checking into the Occidental Hotel on the 11th:

Bellows, Henry N., from Walpole, New Hampshire
Bromley, Henry, A., from St. Paul
Foster, Miss A. R., from New York
Kellogg, S. A., from Gold Hill, N.T.
Martin, Howard A., from New York
Mitchell, Capt. A.
Mitchell, H. K. 
Norris, J. C., from St. Louis
Olmsted, Fred Law, from New York 
Pieper, J. H., wife and child, from New York
Ryan, T. F., from Indiana 
Shuber, John, from Panama (Might be Sbuber)
Wright, E., from Indiana

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