Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s


SS Cortes

Arrive San Francisco

June 3, 1854
Captain T. B. Cropper, Esq. 
From San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua


June 4, 1854, Daily Alta California, San Francisco

Political Revolution in Nicaragua
City of San Salvador Destroyed by an Earthquake

The Nicaragua steamer Cortes, Capt. Cropper, arrived last evening from San Juan de Nicaragua, which port she left on the evening of the 21st ult.

The Cortes brings 544 passengers, of whom 119 are ladies and 63 children. Also, 160 pkgs express freight, viz: 162 pkgs, Adams & Co. Capt. Ironsides. Messenger: 58 pkgs, Wells, Fargo & Co., Mr. Butler, Messenger.


Left San Francisco May 1st 3:15 P.M. Passed Cape St. Lucas May 6th. Passed Acapulco May 9th. Arrived at San Juan del Sur May 25th; 60 miles east of Acapulco, saw steamship Brother Jonathan bound down; May 25th, passed Acapulco; May 27th saw steamship bound down; May 28th, passed Cape St. Lucas; June 3d, saw a ship showing Hamburgh colors, bound up.

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An insurrection has again broken out in the State of Nicaragua. The latest accounts are that the revolutionists have succeeded and will immediately form a new government. Everything is quiet at San Juan, and the facilities for making the transit of the Isthmus improving daily. The City of Salvador was destroyed by an earthquake some week since; many lives were lost and a large amount of property ruined.

The Cortes brings 544 passengers, of whom 119 are ladies and 63 children. Also, 160 pkgs express freight, viz: 102 pkgs, Adams & Co., Capt. Ironsides, Messenger; 58 pkgs, Wells, Fargo & Co., Mr. Butler, Messenger


Passengers by the SS Cortes, June 4, 1854 in San Francisco.

Mrs. C. A. Yontz and three children
Miss Yontz
Mrs. Garvey
W. Garvey
Miss Garvey, two Masters Garvey
R. H. Muse
H. Eggleston
M. Van Dusen
M. L. Day and wife
Mr. C. D. Blanchard, lady and family
Mrs. Hubbard and two children
Miss Wilcox
C. Banatte
R. W. Collins
N. Smith
G. M. Murray and wife
J. E. Smiley
R. W. Carter
Isaac Yerkes
Dr. Wider (Wilder )
E. Hanson
W. R. Yontz
Mr. Shelton
J. D. Hunt
R. W. Hammett
E. L. Sanderson and wife
Miss M. Chittenden
Mrs. W. C. Reed and 2 chidlren
J. Chittenden
P. Rousette
H. Newhouse
W. R. T. Root, wife and child
Miss Ecker
Mrs. H. C. Russum
Miss Russum
Mrs. Breed
Mr. McKinney, wife and children
D. R. Brower and wife
Mrs. A. Stevenson
Mrs. F. B. Murdock and 3 chidlren
Mrs. W. Barclay
H. Kelley
D. Kimport
Mrs. Klappenburg and child
Miss E. Kennedy
Miss M. ennedy
Miss M. Bliss
Miss Randolph
Mrs. McGlouthan
Miss M. Collins
Miss E. Root
G. R. Root
S. W. Bucklew
J. V. Rucker
Wm. Collins, wife and 2 children
J. Jouence, wife and 3 children
J. Collins and family
Miss Curran
Mrs. Beckwith and 2 children
G. S. Pease
Wells, Fargo & Co's messenger
Adams & Co's messenger
W. D. Barnes and wife
Mrs. Hubbell and child
W. J. Clark
J. Groom
S. Hammond
Mrs. M. Young
Mrs. Munson and infant
Mrs. Foster
Mrs. W. Camp
Mrs. Greig
Mr. Hyde
Mrs. Clarkson and children
Miss M. Clarkson
Mrs Cobb and infant
Miss Cobb
J. M. Owen
D. Gayle
W. Cook
Miss Burns
E. H. Stone
Mr. Hoffman
Col. Chambers 
and 441 otheres 

June 4, 1854, Daily Alta California, San Francisco

Terrible Earthquake -- 
The City of San Salvador Entirely Destroyed

At about 10 o'clock at night, on Sunday, the 16th of April, the city of San Salvador was visited by a severe earthquake, which completely prostrated every building. The first shocks were felt on the previous Thursday which increased in violence, and on Friday fifty-five distinct shocks were felt, continuing on Saturday and Sunday, when they reached their greatest point, and laid the city in ruins. Most of the inhabitants, warned by the first indications, removed to a place of safety, but there were atill many in the city at the time of the catastrophe, and a number were buried in their flight under the falling walls of the houses. Notwithstanding the horrors of the scene, and the imminent danger of remaining in the city, the prisoners who were released when the catastrophe became apparent, rushed into tho deserted and tottering houses to plunder them of what their wretched owners had left behind them.

The President was seriously injured by falling masonry. The Seat of Government has been temporarily transferred to Cojutepeque.

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