Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s


SS Constitution

Arrive San Francisco

February 7, 1863
Captain J. T. Watkins 
From Panama

The P.M.S.S. Co's steamship Constitution, Commodore J.T. Watkins commanding, from Panama, arrived at 4 o'clock on Saturday afternoon.


Chagres, Panama. 1800s.

The P.M.S.S. steamer Constitution, J. T. Watkins commanding, left Panama January 25th at 5:30 A.M., with 475 passengers and 800 tons freight, connecting with the steamer Ocean Queen, from New York, January 12, 1868.

January 30th, at 7 A.M. passed steamer Golden Age, bound down, arrived at Acapulco January 31st at 6 A.M.; discharged freight, received supplies, and sailed at 9:30 A.M.; arived at Manzanillo, Feburary 1st, at 11:15 A.M.; discharged freight, received $127,000 in specie, and sailed at 3:15 P.M.; were detained two hours, receiving specie recovered from the wreck of the steamer Golden Gate. February. 4th, at 2 A.M., exchanged signals with steamer Sonora, bound down; arrived at San Francisco, February 7th, at 4 P.M.

Left in port at Panama, U.S. ship St. Mary's, English frigate Tartar, and coal ships Bazaar andMongolia.

The P.M.S.S. Co's steamer St. Louis arrived at Panama January 24th at 4 A.M., all well.

At Acapulco, American ships Carlyle, Longfellow, Vision, and Wm. Lord, Jr., and British ship Great Northern, all with coal to P.M.S.S. Co.

At Manzanillo, U.S. steamer Saranac.

The U.S. steamer Lancaster, Admiral Bell, left Panama, January 17th, for South American ports.


Recovery of part of the Golden Gate's Treasure 

The steamer Constitution, which arrived yesterday, touched at Manzanillo on her upward trip, where she took aboard a large amount of specie, consisting of Mexican dollars. After leaving that harbor, the steamer ran down to the scene of the wreck of the Golden Gate. Here fifteen boxes, containing the sum of $820,000, being a portion of the treasure sunken on that ill-fated vessel, were taken on board. 

Among the arrivals at the Occidental Hotel yesterday, February 7th, were:

Watts Sherman, New York
E. Corning, Albany
D.O. Mills and family, Sacramento
B. Hinckley and family, New York
I.W. Raymond and family, San Francisco
J.T. Howard, San Francisco
Mrs. Dr. Hitchcock, San Francisco
Miss Hitchcock, San Francisco
A. Hayward and family, San Francisco
Capt. Cox, San Francisco
Chas. Murray, England
E.S. Purdy, New York
J. Knight, Sonoma
Capt. Williamson, U.S.A.
V.L. LeFort and wife, France
E. Yanganot, France
H.A. Nash, California
W. H. Wood, California
H. H. Allen, Oakland
C.R. Allen, Oakland
G. E. Smith, San Leandro
P. H. Wasserman, Oregon
C. A. Fletcher and wife, New York
W. B. Judd, Alcatraz
L. H. Fino, U.S.A.
N.L. Drew, Sacramento
Jas. McWilliams, Sacramento
William French, Sacrament


Not listed.


Knight, D.
Hinckley, Mr., wife, four children and servant
Woodworth, Miss
Walker, D.N. and wife
Coz, Capt. M. B.
Curtis, Mrs. E. V.
Howard, W.
Bowman, A. W.
Shirley, Paul, USN
Lodge, Capt. F. W.
Mills, D.O., wife and two children
Anderson, Miss O. W.
McAllister, Judge and servant
Hayward, A., wife and child
Chamberlain, J.P.
Hitchcock, Mrs. W.J. and daughter
Tompkins, W.C. and brother
Allen, Mrs. H., nurse and child
Sherwood, B., wife and child
Cameron, Mrs. J.
Blaise, Mrs. Charles
Giraux, M'lle
Lammas, Miss
Hosmer, Mrs. and daughter
Hale, W., wife and three children
Burnham, G. M. and wife 
Waller, Clara
Taylor, Augusta
Hamilton, R., and wife
Westin, F. E.
Stowell, W. H. and daughter
Taylor, Mrs. H.E.
Sanderson, Mr.
Wright, Miss
Wright, J.
Schmidt, Charles
Treinon, J. L.
Palem, Jane R.
Buncher, Walker and wife
Ham, J.H.
VanNess, Mrs.
Munson, S. M.
Downs, Flora E.
Spears, Cyrus, wife and child
Kelsey, Mrs. M. and child
Kelsey, Bryant
Purdy, E.S. (Might be Purdy)
Gilson, Miss
Edgerton, Mrs. C.A.
Landon, A.
Clark, H.
Sherman, Watts
Davis, W.
Homer, Mr.
Wood, Mrs. G. B.
Brown, Lizzie
Brown, Hattie
Weller, C.L., wife and three children
Weilner, T.
Herzel, H.
Wilson, Rhoda S. and child
Williamson, R. S.
Harrington, Miss
Harington, William
Costar, H., wife and child
Flood, J. W.
Briggs, Geo. H., wife and cild
Fletcher, C. A. and wife
Moore, H. H. and wife
Simpson, Mary
Murths, T. I.
Swezey, S. J. C.
Campbell, Mary W.
Lieds, S. P.
Murray, Charles
Skinner, L.
Eames, J. B. and wife
Anderson, Rufus, wife and child
Nash, H. A.
Wood, W. H.
Alden, J. B.
Sugar, A.
Smith, Lizzy
Freeman, E.
Feeny, Mrs. J. and two children
Evernahim, Miss E. M.
Bernbuck, W.
Borbeck, Mrs. H.
Berne, Miss M.
Tenard, E.
Cohen, Miller
Meder, B.H.
Keys, J.
Goodwin, Mrs.
Miller, Nettee
Baker, Alfred
Corning, Edward
Clark, Mrs. and child
Stewart, Mrs.
Oppenheim, Mrs. C.
Eddington, Jane
Jacobs, G.
Moore, Eliza Ann
Downs, Mrs. S. D. 
Walscharkie, Oscar
Dawson, Rose
Smith, F.C.
Solomon, M., wife and three children
Worrell, C. R. and wife
White, Robert, wife and two children
Levy, Minna
Kleinfelter, George W.
Shanley, Catherine
Madden, Mary and child
Kelly, Mr. and five Sisters of Mercy
Wallman, J.
Terkelsden, J.
Koch, Bertha
Gish, Nelly
Casey, John
Cassedy, Isabel andchild
Fouart, J. R.
Pool, P. C.
Blair, Samuel
Montague, J. S.
Lefour, J. and wife
Jacques, E.
Russell, J.
Barry, C.
Barker, W.
Millikin, G.J.
Whiting, G.
Wallman, C.
Rider, M. C., Jr.
McAllister, Mr. and servant
McAllister, William
Donohoe, John
Bacon, Edith
del Pisne, Mana
Sulair, Catharine
Raymond, I. W.
Howard, John T.
Guerra, M.
Bacon, Mrs.
Muller, Henry
Snenz, M.
Jenkin, Tomaso
Palmer, Mr. W. W., sister, five children and three servants
Palencia, Gomez
Grajeche, S.
Johns, Ricardo
Rosas-Manuel a la Torre, J.
Velasco, Ramon
Garez, Juan
and 318 others

Scene in a Panama Village.
Panama Village

Entrance to the Golden Gate. 1800s.
Entrance to the Golden Gate 1800s.

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(California History Series)
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