Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s


SS Golden Gate

Arrive San Francisco

November 19, 1851
SS Golden Gate

Captain Patterson
From New York and Panama; 480 passengers


The steamship Golden Gate under the command of C. P. Patterson, U.S.N., arrived yesterday, from Panama, which port she left on the 4th inst. at 11 o'clock A.M. The Golden Gate belongs to the Pacific Mail Steam Ship Company, and this is her first trip. The Mails from the States had not been heard from when the Golden Gate left (she having waited the allotted time), and fears were entertained that some accident had befallen the steamers on the other side.

The Carolina was in readiness and would leave immediately on the arrival of the mails. The Golden Gate brings a small mail that was brought to Chagres by the Ohio, which left New York on the 13th Oct. The steamer California arrived at Panama on the 2d, and the New Orleans on the 31 November.

The only vessel at Panama was the English ship Cunahmore; she would leave in a few days with passengers for San Francisco. November 8, off the Gulf of Tehuantepec passed the brig Lowell, hence, for San Juan, with passengers. Nov 10th, 6 a.m. passed steamer Tennessee, 30 miles to the southward of Acapulco, hence for Panama. Nov. 10th, 9 a.m., arrived at Acapulco, awaiting orders. Nov 12th, 8 a.m., passed steamer Isthmus, hence for Panama, Nov 17, arrived at San Diego at 1 a.m. and left at 6 a.m.; at 11 a.m. passed steamer Northerner, 60 miles to the northward of an Diego, hence for Panama.

Nov. 18th arived at Monterey, at 4 p.m., and left at 9 p.m. The steamer Ohio was at Monterey, hence, for San Diego. The Golden Gate has made the passage from Panama to San Francisco in 13 days and 6 hours, against a head wind all the way, viz.

From Panama to Acapulco, 5 days 22 hours
Acapulco to San Diego, 5 days 13 hours
San Diego to Monterey, 1 day, 10 hours
Monterey to San Francisco, 9 hours 13d 6h.

The Golden Gate made the passage from New York to Panama in 51 days and 3 hours, viz.

From New York to Bahia, 20 days 0 hours
Bahia to Rio de Janeiro 3 days 0 hours
Rio to Valparaiso 17 days 23 hours

Whole time from New York to San Francisco 61 days and 9 hours (running time).


33 packages segars, 169 packages express matter, 48 do mds, 2 do pistold, 1 do olives, 9 do segars.

A. Y. Smith, Dodge & Co., Adams & Co., J. W. regory, Berford & Co., G. Coyeche, B. C. Saunders, X. Van de Castet, F. Vassault & Co., H. A. McCrea & Co., Haven & Co., A. Freidenburgh, J. Bowman, Mickle & Co., Pioche, Bayerque & Co., Delessert, Ligeron & Co., to Order.

Scene in a Panama Village, 1800s.
Scene in a Panama Village


November 20, 1851, Daily Alta California, San Francisco

Arrival of the SS Golden Gate from New York and Panama 1851.

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