Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s


SS Independence

Arrive San Francisco

September 17, 1851
Captain Edgar L. Wakeman
From San Juan del Sud via Realjo and Acapulco


September 18, 1851, Alta California, San Francisco

From our Extra of Yesterday.


Ten Days Later Intelligence from the United States — Progress of the Cuban Struggle for Independence — Confirmation of the Sailing of Lopez
The Nicaragua Route — Foreign News, &c., &c.

The steamer Independence, Captain Wakeman, of Vanderbilt's Independent Line, via Nicaragua, arrived in our harbor early this morning, having left San Juan del Sud at nine oclock on the evening of the first September. She has, accordingly, made the run in sixteen days, including stoppages. 

We are indebted to her Purser, Charles P. Sumner, Esq., for the following particulars of her trip.:

The Nicaragua route is now in active operation, but is not in as good order, as far as the river part of its is concerned, as all friends of the line would desire. The passengers by our steamer were detained five days there, in consequence of the unfinished state of the arrangements for transportation. They left the other side on the 24th, and on the evening of the 25th they arrived at the Machuca rapids, where they waited until the afternoon of the Friday following for the bungoes to take them up to the Lake, and after various other mishaps and delays, they finally arrived at San Juan del Sud, about noon, on the 1st of Sept. From thence we sailed, at 9 oclock, the same evening..

Notwithstanding all this, the passengers themselves assure me that they would rather come that route a dozen times than by the Panama route once; and it must be borne in mind that the route is not yet finished. 

The brig Almena had just arrived from Panama, with passengers. She is to be planed and used as a wharf. Another brig, name unknown, had also arrived from San Francisco with passengers.

We arrived in Realejo, after a run of ten hours. Nothing of interest doing there, and no arrivals since last dates. Left a 4 oclock, P.M. of the 3d, and arrived in Acapulco at 9 oclock, A.M. of the 7th. The steamer Monumental City arrived August 28th, and sailed 30th; the Gold Hunter arrived Sept. 1st, sailed 2d; brig Mary Adeline arrived Sept. 3d, sailed 5th. These were all for San Juan del Sud. The steamer Quickstep arrived on the 3d, and sailed on the 4th for San Francisco.

There is little news of moment by this arrival. The dates from New York are to the 16th of August, and we are indebted to Gregory & Co. and to Purser Sumner for files.

The Cuban Revolution

The most important intelligence is from Cuba. We extract from the New York Sun, of the 16th August, the annexed confirmation of our reports published heretofore.

By the arrival of the Georgia, the Cubans have received full and late advices from their revolted brethren in Cuba. We are indebted for the following to the same parties from whom we derived the Declaration of Independence, and other previous advices from the Patriots. The Cubans assure us that the news which follows they have received directly from the field of battle, from their own friends, and that it may be relied upon as correct. The Cubans assert likewise, that the Government accounts, as published, in the Havana papers, are utterly false, and that their very falsehood confirms, in several important instances, the news now received from the Patriots.

The news from the Patriots informs us that at several more important points pronunciamentos had taken place, and the insurgents were in the field. The government announces, on the contrary, that all the rebels had been taken or shot, and that the utmost quiet prevailed in all parts of the island, the insurrection having been entirely broken up...


Delivered to R. Vandewater.


Albertine, Miss 
Barnett, P. 
Brown, A. 
Brown, C. 
Bruce, W. 
Cary, H. 
Cary, T.L. 
Chanfrau, F. S. 
Chanfrau, Jos. 
Clark, A. R. 
Clark, H. H. 
Clark, M. 
Clegg, T., Jr. 
Coombs, R. R. 
Dixon, I. 
Eldridge, J. 
Evans, E. 
Fanning, G. 
Ganniss, H. 
Gould, H. 
Hunter, A.H. 
Katen, C. 
King, J.C. 
Loudon, T. J. 
Loudon, T. J. 
Mason, R. R. 
Morrell, J. H. 
Moses, S. P., lady and child 
Relyea, Miss L. 
Relyea, Miss M. 
Sheldon, W. 
Sheppard, J.W. 
Smith, A. 
Stankman, L.C. 
Stewart, C.E. 
Stewart, S.R. 
Swift, E. 
Thorne, C. R. 
Tift, M. 
Truett, H.B. and lady 
Truett, M.F. 
Weston, F. 
Whitcomb, C. E. 
Whitney, J. W.

From Acapulco:

Brown, H. G. 
Cheeseman, Mr. 
Cron, W. 
Crooker, J. R. 
Eddy, I. 
George, T. H. 
Peirce. J. 
Shotwell, J. 
Willson, A. 
Willson, G.

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