Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s


SS Golden Age

Arrive San Francsico

May 22 1856 
SS Golden Age



1221 Passengers
Seventy-Five Killed and Wounded ! 

Panama, May 6th.

ACCIDENT ON THE RAILROAD On Tuesday, while the passengers per steamer George Law were in transit, a series of accidents took place, one of which resulted fatally. The passenger train left Aspinwall on the morning in question at 7 A M, and when near Obispo, owing to the greasy state of the rails and possibly from the track having been injured by the late heavy rains, the engine run off the track, which prevented its further progress. The two passenger trains that left at a later hour, on reaching the scene of action, finding that it would be impossible to proceed that night started again for Aspinwall, and when between Tiger Hill and Gatun, a passenger car unfortunately run off the track, Musing the ears behind it to run into each other and unfortunately 15 lives were lost and 60 persons injured.

The dead and wounded were at once removed to Aspinwall, and the Physicians of the Company's steamers were soon on the spot, when every assistance was rendered to the sufferers.

List of missing passengers from N. Y., per steamship George Law, sailed 22d April, as per way bill:

First Cabin passengers S Baker, lady and infant, Mrs. Wise Second Cabin W L Carpenter, N Baker, Mrs A Thomas, A B Baker, G R Linaguish, F Gilson.

Steerage J Beal, Bridget Murphy, Margaret Murphy, Mat Murphy and son, Julia Erenan, an infant, Margaret Bulger, John Hodge, E K Austin, Margaret Crowley, Dennis Crowley, Sumner Gilman, T Nash, S Grossler, J Green, J H Brooks, W Smith, H Hopkins, Mrs E Ryan, J A Brockaway, G Kranter, J Koch, S Jinkins, R Jasprey, T James, R Manly, T Ford, J Pescher, J Broker, J Nector, A J Martin, C Haryey, Mrs Lancaster and two children, S Craran, E Jarve, H Whist, C F Alien, J N King, A Colliuson, B Vanderpeck, C Haley, M Haviland, J Swan, D Coghill, D T Coon, F Hughs, B McOrden, O P Burns, B P Lewis, N Eideden, F Copling, W Hammer, G J Cill, A Johns, J Blaight, W Congier, B Archer, B J Stoops, W Smith, J Fars, J Leroy, J Sunderland, E Wills, B Olscen, H D Williams, J 0 King, M Reed, J Jackson, L Hustor, wife and three children, J T Cotton, M Walters, B Walters, S Hoffman, A Hammer, P N Brewster, W Redenain, H N Cromwell.

List of names of those known to have been killed at the railroad accident at Panama: John Morton. John Nichter, J T Crowder, John Blight, Ryan Johns, Thos James, Benj Archer, Thos Ford, Robt Cheesebrough, Thos Holliday, N Baker, C Harvey, A Pesticher, M Reed, A Eite, S Hoffman, Thos Crowly, wife and son, Moses Walton, Dan Stuyvesaut, Mr Thraves, G M Finton, Mrs Julia Cronan, Mrs Thos G Ballger, Mrs Dennis, a boy John R Johns, a boy Geo James.

...Conditions are the same in substance as these embraced in the Esterhazy ultimatum, and may be briefly stated as follows:

Russia is to destroy all her fortifications on the coast of the Black Sea, which is to become a commercial sea, with Consuls in each port.

The Danubian Principalities are to bo newly organized, so as to form in the laid side a barrier against Russian encroachments. Russia renounces all pretensions to interfere in the internal affairs of Turkey, which latter is to enter into the great family of Nations.

The Emperor Alexander declared solemnly that he renounces, sincerely and completely, the traditional policy of the Peter decree, and the Empress Cat her in a, as regards the extension of the Russian Empire in the East. The free navigation of the Danube is expressly secured Candia Trebizond and Smyrna, are to be taken possession of by the Allies . . .

The new steamer Adriatic, on the Collins' line, was launched on the 7th ult. It is estimated that between 60,000 and 70,000 people witnessed the ceremony. She will probably be ready to take her birth in the line as early as August . . .

The rush to see Cora and Casey suspended as great. Numbers flocked and filled up every place where a site can be obtained.

May 23, 1856, Sacramento Daily Union, Sacramento, California

The Golden Age.

The arrival of this steamer yesterday relieved those expecting friends, as well as the public generally, from a suspense and anxiety which had become painful. Her unusual detention was caused by one of those accidents to which railroad travel is more or less liable. In this instance, considering the great number of passengers whose lives were jeopardized, the wonder is that the destruction of life had not been much greater. It is the first of the kind, where life to any extent has been sacrificed, on this road. This fact may be looked upon as giving evidence of careful management on the part of the Company, as tens of thousands of passengers have been conveyed safely from one ocean to the other, and that, too, over a road built in a foreign country, and under difficulties of unexampled magnitude.

Notwithstanding the deep regrets which must follow so fatal and so deplorable an accident, we have still reason to congratulate ourselves that the detention of the steamer and the loss of so many valuable lives, were not caused by the bullets and knives of the infuriated natives of the Isthmus. The telegraph gives no indication of continued hostility on the part of the natives against Americans, and we may conclude that everything has assumed the position occupied before the late outbreak. Hereafter, we trust there will be no further disturbance between passengers and natives. If the former conduct themselves prudently while on the Isthmus, little danger from the semi-civilized people there may be apprehended.

. . . Much pleased are we to see that tho first step has been taken by Congress towards doing justice to California, in the way of postage. This question of Postal reform ought not to be permilted to rest by our delegation in Congress. The people of the State are confidently looking to Congress for liberal action upon this postage question.

Russia, brave and terrible as was her resistance, looses by this war the vantage ground on the Black Sea, which she was centuries in acquiring. We doubt whether such conditions as she has subscribed will be respected by her, should she be hereafter relieved of that necessity under the pressure of which she has been forced to sign. A quarrel between France and England would prove her opportunity.

The effect of this peace, we think will be favorable upon the prosperity of California. The war created a demand for agricultural supplies for manufactured material, munitions of war, and use for ships, which has operated powerfully npon the prosperity of the Atlantic States for the past two years. Grain of all kinds, together with beef, pork, lard, butter, kc, ie, have sold at prices unprecedented since 1886. Unexampled prosperity has prevailed throughout the great agricultural west; farmers have been making themselves rich; labor of all kinds has been in great demand; men found profitable employment at home; they were content there to remain, and hence one of the main reasons why emigration to California for the past two years has been so light.

Peace is now proclaimed in Europe; the demand for the staff of life to feed armies is destroyed; prices of all kinds of agricultural products in the Atlantic States must decline; times will again be voted hard among the farmers; the laborer will find the demand for his labor measurably destroyed, and, as a natural consequence, will turn his eyes towards California, as the land where his hopes for gold may be realized. Thus is our emigration to be increased, and thus our State is to be benefitted by peace in Europe.

Coming to America: A History of Immigration and Ethnicity in American LifeHistory of Immigration in America.
Roger Daniels
Coming to America. This revised edition is an engrossing study of various waves of immigrants to the United States from the colonial era to the present. This is a useful book for anyone who has an interest in learning brief histories of most groups of immigrants to the United States.

It also provides a theoretical understanding of the reasons for immigration. Though it is particularly useful in its examination of the pre-colonial and colonial periods.

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