Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s

SS Goliah

Arrive San Francisco

January 21, 1851 
Captain G. Thomas 
From New York


279 days from New York, New York, via Panama, 20 days, and Acapulco, Mexico, 12 days. 13 passengers.


44 packages of unidentified merchandise

Consignees Per Goliah

B. E. & Co., M. Abrams, Affenheimer & Stein, A. Mayer, Lewis Langfeldt, S. C. Woodsworth, D. A. Hill.


Abrams, M. 
Austin, T. A. 
Bakers, Capt. James G. 
Bermas, G. 
Chaine, E. 
de Marolles, Mr. Lefebvre 
Feline, Mr. 
Hill, D.A. 
Mayer, A. 
Merrill, Mrs. A. 
Plummer, Mrs. M. A. 
Simpson, W. A. 
Stein, H. W. 

January 22, 1851, Daily Alta California, San Francisco

Steamer Goliah -- A Card. -- On Board the Steamer Goliah, January 21, 1851.

Capt. Thomas -- Dear Sir: -- We the undersigned passengers on the steamship Goliah, being about to separate, cannot refrain from expressing to you our grateful appreciation of your kind and gentlemenly deportment, as extended to us on our passage from Panama to San Francisco. We are happy to say that the fare has been unexceptionable, and while we shall ever recollect the pleasant relations which have subsisted between us on this voyage, permit us to express the hope that you may meet with that success in the future operations of life which true merit only deservies.

Signed by all the passengers.

January 25, 1851, Daily Alta California, San Francisco, California

To sail positively on Sunday, 26th inst., at 10 A.M. from Cunningham's Wharf. The well built sea going steamer Goliah, G. Thomas Master, 300 horse power, of 500 tons burthen will positively leave for the above places as stated, and having very superior accommodations, offers great inducements to passengers. For freight or passage apply to

CHARLES MINTURN, Agent, Cunningham's Wharf,
Or to BOYDEN TRAVERS & CO., Central Wharf.

Capt. Jas. M. Vincent, who has a perfect knowledge of the coast, and particularly of the entrance into the Klamath river, will act as pilot.

January 27, 1851, Daily Alta California, San Francisco

The Cry Is Still They Go. -- The Steamer Goliah left yesterday with a large compliment of passengers for the Gold Bluffs. The black sand which has lain so quetly for ages, wll now soon be forced to yield its treasures. Who goes next!

January 28, 1851, Daily Alta California, San Francisco.

Passengers per steamer Goliah for Gold Bluff - E. Leiders, Jno. . Price, Wm. Perry, Mr. Whipley, lady and 3 servants, James Arrington, Messrs Moretto, McDonald, Ora, Clements and servt, Lopez and lady, Mrs. Irene McCabe, Mrs. Frances Raines and servant, Toney Carr, Saml White, H. F. Mayer, L. White, J. H. Ingersoll, F. McManners, F. Rohrer, T. Douglass, J. Reed, J. Miller, H. Kidd, R. Boile, Chas and M. Hall, J. S. Paine, G. W. Gyan, T. Megroth, C. Ethridge, J. Booby, H. Harrison, S. Legg, F. Antonio, B. Castillo, F. Rodrigues, C. Rodrigues, J. Guerrino, M. Ernander, F. Lopez, G. Maxliner, A. Poxter, J. Sutton, J. Brown, E. Teague, S. Teague, G. Burkhart, F. Burkhart, F. Gilbert, E. Higgins, E. Williams, T. Williams, J. Williams, W. Kennedy, J. Kennedy, D. Hinton, T. White, G. Crammer, F. Rickman, F. Bach, M. D. Morris, F. G. Condrey, Thos Elliott, Wm. Orr, J. Dodson, V. Rambler, J. Driscott, J. Bottares, A. Loran, E. DeWitt, Messrs Briggs, Dow, Buch, J. Cassno, and 40 deck passengers.

February 5, 1851, Sacramento Transcript, Sacramento, California

Many of the passengers who went to the Gold Bluffs, are completely destitute, having no means to return. The correspondent of the Alta writes as follows in regard to the Bluff:

The Bluffs are about thirty miles north of Trinidad, and to reach them is a matter of no slight fatigue. High hills and deep gulches are quite a relief after travelling twenty miles in beach sand.

The Gold Bluffs present to the ocean a perpendicular front of from one to four hundred feet in height, and extend a distance of about six miles. At the base there is an abundance of talcose slate, mixed with quartz, and we were shown specimens of quartz gold; though in very small quantities.

At times the ocean breaks against the bluffs, rendering traveling a very hazardous matter, for several days together; but in ordiuary weather the beach at the foot of the bluffs is from twenty to fifty yards in width. The beach is a mixture of grey and black sand. In some places the black sand covers the surface to the depth of an eighth of an inch, and can be easily gathered, though we must say that during our stay at the bluffs the exhibitions of black sand in any great abundance were rare. It is found mixed with scales of gold, very fine, so fine that it cannot be separated by ordinary washing.

The beach changes with every tide, and occasionally no black sand is to be seen on the surface. In digging into the beach, the grey and black sand is found mixed together, the grey largely predominating. In the rills which trickle down the bluffs the gold is to be found, in quantities perhaps greater than in the black sand.

It is probable that the gold has been washed from the bluffs into the ocean, and is cast upon the beach by the action of the waves.

On Saturday the entrance to the Klamath was reported to be 150 yards wide, and most accounts represent that during the summer months the river can be easily entered by small vessels. The Gold Bluffs extend to within twelve miles of the mouth of the Klamath.

The black sand, as it is called, is principally oxide of iron, strongly magnetic.— Several chemists who have examined the sand suppose that a portion of it is oxidated gold, and that but a small portion of the precious metal is visible to the naked eye.

We conversed with several intelligent miners, men who had remained near the bluffs for several months. They say that occasionally they find the gold very abundant, and at other times, little or none is visible.

The Pacific Mining Company lay claim to a large portion of the beach, and have erected three log cabins, and laid in a large store of provisions, preparatory to working the bluffs on an extensive scale. They have a large number of laborers on the ground, and have employed a chemist to extract the gold from the sand, and are sanguine in the belief that their enterprise will yield them a handsome per centage. But for individuals, single-handed, we have no word of encouragement. The expense of reaching the Gold Bluffs is nearly or quite one hundred dollars, and the cost of getting provisions there about fifty cents per pound. Even suppose they succeed in getting large quantities of the so-called black sand, without some economical method of separating the gold, it will be valueless.

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