Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s


Isthmus of Panama.

SS Golden Gate

Arrive San Francisco

April 12, 1855
SS Golden Gate
Captain A. V. H. LeRoy, Esq., Commander
From Panama


April 13, 1855, Daily Alta California, San Francisco and Sacramento Daily News, Sacramento, California


The mail steamer Golden Gate, following rapidly in the wake of the Nicaragua vessel of the 13th, has already brought us advices from the Atlantic side to the 20th ult., being one week later than those received by the Sierra Nevada on Munday night. The Gate has made another splendid passage her passengers being but twenty-two days and twenty-one hours from New York. She brings 574 passengers -- 412 males, 102 females, 58 children, and very large mails from New York and New Orleans.

Among the passengers are Gen. James A. McDougal and family; Hon. C. Lancaster, of Washington Territory; Mr. Inge, U. S. District Attorney; Pulaski Jacks and family; Josh Silsbee, the actor; Col. Isaac Williams of Los Angeles.

Aspinwall railroad. 1854.

The passengers who came by this steamer left New York on the steamer Illinois, March 20th, at 2 p.m., arrived at Aspinwall, via Kingston, March 29th at 8 p.m., left Aspinwall by railroad, March 30th, at 9-1/2 a.m., and embarked immediately on their arrival at Panama, on board the Golden Gate.


She has upwards of twelve hundred packages of express matter and merchandise.


Sacramento Daily Union, April 13, 1855
(Arrival April 12, 1855)

Passengers by the SS Golden Gate, April 13, 1855.

Died April 6th on board steamer Golden Gate, C. W. Kellas, of Panama fever (he having been sick several weeks at Aspinwall, aged 26 years of Thomastown, Maine.

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