Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s


SS Golden Gate

Arrive San Francisco

May 30, 1853 (or June 1, 1853)
SS Golden Gate 
Captain C. P. Patterson, U.S.N., Commander


June 3, 1853, Sacramento Daily Union, Sacramento, California

From the Extra Union of Yesterday

Two Weeks Later from the Atlantic States.

The Golden Gate arrived at San Francisco about three o'clock on Wednesday afternoon, bringing us dates from New York to the 5th of May, and from New Orleans to May 7th, fifteen days later. We are indebted to Purser R. B. Macy for the following memoranda and list of passengers:


The U.S. Mail steamship Golden Gate, C. P. Patterson, U.S.N. Commander, left Panama on the 18th May, at 11 o'clock, p. m. The Golden Gate brings the largest mail ever brought to California, and 800 passengers, among whom are 120 ladies and 50 children. It was very healthy and the crossing on the Isthmus good when the Golden Gate left. P. M. S. S. Co.'s steamer Isthmus was at Panama; she arrived on the evening of the 11th alt. The steamer Pacific from San Juan arrived at Panama on the 18th ult. She proceeded immediately to the Island of Toboga to go on the beach for repairs. The mails from the South had not arrived when the steamship Golden Gate left Panama. The Golden Gate made the passage from San Francisco to Panama in 11 days 11 hours; her passengers, treasure and mails were at Aspinwall in 14 days. May 24, arrived at Acapulco at 5 A.M., and left at 1 P.M. Off Acapulco spoke P. M S. & Co.'s steamer John L. Stephens, hence for Panama, bound in. May 30, arrived at San Diego and left same day. Detained if the harbor 12 hours by fog. The P.M.S.S. Republic, hence for Panama, left Acapulco on the 27th.

We are under obligations to Wells, Fargo & Co. for the earliest delivery of the Atlantic papers and Bay extras, by the arrival of the steamer Camanche at 10 o'clock, a. m. Captain Barclay, of the Camanche, deserves much praise for detaining his boat three hours beyond its usual time, in order to bring up the Atlantic papers.


June 2, 1853, Daily Alta California, San Francisco

Arrival of the SS Golden Gate, June 2, 1853.

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