Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s

SS Cortes

Arrive San Francisco

September 14, 1854
Captain T. B. Cropper
From San Juan


September 15, 1854, Daily Alta California, San Francisco

Two Weeks Later from the Atlantic.



The Nicaragua steamship Company steamer Cortes, Capt. T. B. Cropper, arrived from San Juan yesterday, bringing dates from New York to the 19th of August.

Among the passengers are Hon. J. A. McDougal, and Hon. J. B. Weller and lady. Also, Capt. Farragut, U. S. N., who has been appointed Commander of the San Francisco Navy Yard (at Mare Island), and comes out with his family to assume the duties of the station. Mr. Turner, formerly M. C. from North Carolina, has also arrived as U. S. Engineer.

James Secor, of New York, also comes out to superintend the construction of Gilbert & Secor Marine Basin and Railway, at the San Francisco Navy Yard, contracted for by order of Congress. 
The following is the memoranda and passenger list of the Cortes, for which we are indebted to Purser Smith: 


Left San Francisco Aug. 16th, at 3 P. M. Saw P. M. S. Co. steamer Oregon Aug. 20th. Arrived at San Juan del Sur Aug. 29th, at 7 A. M. 
Saturday, Sept. 2d, left San Juan del Sur at 3 P. M. On night of Sept. 7th, 10 oclock, passed a steamer bound down. Sept. 8th, 2 A. M., saw a steamer bound down. 
August 20th, downward trip, a steerage passenger named Jacob Ramoore, jumped overboard. Cause, temporary insanity. He was saved. 
Passengers of the down trip, together with the specie and mails, left San Juan del Norte for New York on 30th September, per steamship Star of the West
The Isthmus crossing is excellent; no sickness of any kind. 
The Cortes brings 372 passengers, of whom 101 are females and 43 children, all well.

Congress adjourned on Monday morning, Aug. 7th, at 8 oclock.

The U. S. Navy Yard Foundry, at Washington, was totally destroyed by fire on the 11th. At the moment the fire occurred, the workmen were engaged in casting the cylinder of the U. S. steamerFulton, and had about two-thirds of the metal poured into the molds, when the latter exploded the eruption instantly setting the building in a blaze. At the time of the explosion, there was nearly one hundred spectators, in addition to a large number of workmen, in the building, and all fortunately escaped without serious damage.

Francis Burt, of South Carolina, has been appointed and accepted the Governorship of Nebraska.

When Mr. Borland made his demonstration in San Juan, he organized a force of returning Californians "to protect" the property of the Transit Company. Mr. Fabens, the Commercial Agent, borrowed money of the people of San Juan to pay these men. Of Mr. Wood, one of the Americans whose property was destroyed by Capt. Hollins, he borrowed $1,000, giving a draft on the Government at Washington for the amount. This draft was presented and protested, the government refusing to pay.

Among the acts passed by Congress and approved on the 5th of August, was an act granting the right of way to the Marysville and Benicia Railway Company, through and over the grounds of the United States and near Benicia, in California.

The crops throughout the Western and Southern States are suffering severely from drought.

The new block of saw mills at Brewer Village, Maine, owned by Messrs. Sargent & Stevens, was destroyed by fire on the 6th, together with 250,00 feet of lumber. The loss is estimated at from fifteen to twenty thousand dollars.

The Chicago Tribune says that the dwelling of Mr. Merchant, near Picatonica, was struck by lightning, killing him and four of his children. Mrs. Merchant and one child escaped.

At two oclock on Sunday morning, eight hundred kegs of gunpowder at the magazine at Marysville, Ky., exploded. The effect can be "better imagined than described." Thirteen housed were demolished, and an old lady subsequently died of fright. The damage is estimated at between fifty and one hundred thousand dollars.

Some fragments of the lost steamship City of Glasgow, were seen by the master of a British vessel on the 12th inst., in lat. 41.56, lon. 56.05.

Election Riot at St. Louis.

A terrible riot occurred at St. Louis on election day, which was occasioned by a fight between an Irishman and an American, in which the former stabbed the latter. This was the signal for a general attack, which was commenced upon the Irish doggeries on Mayor and Green streets, Washington avenue, and on the whole front of the Levee, from Cherry street to below Locust street, were more or less injured.

The crowd supplied themselves with axes and other implements of the sort, from the steamboats at the wharf, and with them beat in the shutters and smashed the counters, and everything that would yield to blows. On the Levee, between Cherry and Locust streets, there are only one or two houses, at most, that do bear disastrous marks of the conflict; at Locust street the damage stopped. 

Annexation of Cuba.

Annexation of Cuba.

Mr. Daniel E. Sickles, Secretary of the American Legation at London, has been in this city for the past few days, on very important business connected with our foreign relations. He brought dispatches from Mr. Buchanan at London, and Mr. Soule at Madrid, placing the Cabinet au courant with all the matters connected with the Spanish revolution.

The Truthful History of Cuba.

We learn that he has been in daily communication with the President and the Secretary of State since his arrival. We have good authority for the assertion that Mr. Sickles will sail for Europe to-morrow by the Atlantic from new York, and that he is the bearer of dispatches containing instructions to our ministers at London, Paris, and Madrid. It is understood that our Ministers are directed to favor the republican party in Spain, giving them aid and comfort, in consideration for some important reforms to be introduced into the government of Cuba. That this is the purport of the instructions intrusted (sic) with Mr. Sickles, there is no reasonable doubt; and should the republican or liberal party become dominant, this line of policy will be pursued.

The Cholera in Albany.

Albany, Aug. 19: The Transcript of this P. M., says the Cholera still continues to abate. Since Wednesday noon, but 31 cases have occurred, of which eight terminated fatally. Of the total number of cases, eight occurred at the Alms House and cholera Hospital, and seven proved fatal in these Institutions. There has been but one death by cholera in private practice during the past three days.


The Cortes brought 167 packages of Express freight: 98 for Adams & Co., S. H. Blake, messenger; 69 for Wells, Fargo & Co., J. F. Williams, messenger.


Aikin (Arkin ), Mrs. C., and child
Allen, Mrs. M.
Atkinson, A.
Bell, C. A.
Blackwell, Mrs. J. M.
Blair, Mrs. J., and two children
Button, E.
Cavanagh, Miss M.
Clark, W. G., and wife
Coleman, T.
Conohan, Mrs. M.
Cray, Mrs. M.
Crippen, J. D.
English, Mrs.
Esty , Thos. S.
Esty, C. L.
Farragut, Capt. D. G., USN, wife, 2 children and servant
Fell, Miss M. J.
Fiannely, Mrs. P.
Gardner, Mrs. A. B.
Gifford, Geo.
Gilchrist, J. G.
Glaskin, T.
Gray, Miss C. J.
Hannon, P.
Higgins, P.
Hornish, Miss C.
Isaacs, Mrs. H.
King, J. W.
Knox, Dr.
Kolm, J.
McCoy, Miss E.
McDougal, Hon. J. A.
McManus, M. M.
McPherson, J.
Miller, Mr., wife and two children
Murphy, Mrs. E., and child
Nanamore, Miss E.
Norton, Mrs. Wm., and family
Parker, Mrs. E., and two children
Perrine, A.
Perrins (Perrine ), C.
Phelps, A. M.
Prietz, Geo., and family
Quinn, J. R.
Redford, J. S.
Redford, W. W.
Samuel (Samual ), Mrs. M.
Santig, D., and wife
Seney, S., and two boys
Seward, Mrs. T., and child
Shirley, T. P., wife, 3 children and nurse
Soughton, Miss F.
Sprague, B. B.
Turner, Hon. D.
Turner, Misses Y. and A.
Weller, Hon. J. B.
Weller, Mrs. J. B., and servant
Werthimer, J.
Williams, Mr. J. B., wife & child (Wells Fargo mess.; different initial )
Wood, L. D., wife and child
Wood, Mrs. A. H., and child
Woodruff, Captain S. C.
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