Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s

SS Isthmus

Arrive San Francisco

March 14, 1853
SS Isthmus
Captain Harris
From Panama



The P.M.S. Isthmus, Capt. Harris, arrived at an early our yesterday morning from Panama. She brought up a large number of passengers in perfect health, having had little, or so sickness on the passage. She brings no later news from the Atlantic. 

March 14. P.M. Steamship Isthmus, Harris, 21 days from Panama, via intermediate ports, to E. Knight, 275 passengers.


Per steamship Isthmus -- Sailed from Panama at 3 A.M., Feb 21st. Left in the harbor steamer NorthernerSierra Nevada, and Unicorn. Experienced strong winds and a rough sea while crossing the Gulf of Tehuantepec.

Arrived Acapulco, March 2nd, 4:40 A.M.; sailed thence same day at 1 P.M.; March 6th, passed steamship Oregon in the Gulf of California, bound south. Arrived in San Diego 11th, 6:30 A.M.; left 8:45 A.M. -- on the 12th, spoke steamer Sea Bird off Point Arguello, bound south. Arr at Monterey the 13th, 5 P.M., steamer Major Tompkins was in port disch'g; also the barque Oriole with lighthouse materials. The Tompkins was to sail for Santa Cruz early in the evening.

Point Pinos Lighthouse. Pacific Grove. Jeffy McCaffrey, Author.

The lighthouse has been commenced on Point Pinos at A, as located by the coast survey.

The steamer Ohio was hourly expected from San Diego. Exchanged mails and left at 6 P.M. Arr at San Francisco 14th, 6 A.M. Have experienced little or no sickness during the voyage.


Adair, L. J.
Adair, W. M.
Alverson, D.
Anderson, C.
Andiers, J.
Andrews, A.
Aoe, B.
Arenas, F.
Atkinson, J. H.
Atnoy, S.
Baker, J.
Barber, A. M.
Bare, J.
Baxter, D. W.
Be dil, J. (Berdil, Beidl, other)
Bednet, P.
Benner, Adison
Bennet, B.
Bennett, J. S.
Berger, T.
Berner, H. T.
Berner, N. W.
Best, S.
Black, S.A.
Blakenburg, (No first initial)
Bonnell, D. D.
Bradley, A. L.
Braggerd, F.
Brian, J.O.
Bridgett, Miss (cq.)
Brooks, E.
Brown, B. (Middle initial unreadable)
Brown, M. N.
Butler, G. N.
Byangton, A.
Carpenter, O. N.
Carroll, J.
Carstenello, F.
Casset, Lewis
Casus, C.
Caswell, W.P.
Cerstii, A. and son
Chalmers, A.
Chase, Wallace
Chase, Wm.
Clark, A.
Cligen, H.
Condon, S. C.
Connor, M.
Connor, Mrs.
Constantine, D.
Correy, J.
Crawford, H.
Croft, W.
Crooks, J.
Davenport, J. L.
Davie, G. M.
Davis, H.
Davis, John
Delmont, Andrew
Deveierry, M.
Dobois, W.
Doe, J.M. and son
Donting, J.
Dubois, C.
Dunkerly, L.
Earle, J. W.
Eaton, L. D.
Egli, Victor
Engels, F. J.
Enslor, A. J.
Farlly, T.
Feankle, O.
Fenny, C.
Fiaur, Jules (Might be Fisur, Figur, or other)
Flagg, A.
Formy, W.
Foster, F. S.
Fowle, J. H. (Might be Fowie)
Fox, B.S.
Frontie, M.
Fuller, J.
Furguson, H.
Gavin, P.
Getchall, L. L.
Gifford, D. D.
Gilbert, G.
Gill, W. B.
Goodman, S.
Goodrich, C.
Gorman, W.
Gough, A.
Grant, D.
Grany, M.
Green, J. W.
Greeve, Collin
Griffin, T.
Griswold, Miss E.
Gross, O.S. (Might be Groes, Grots, or other)
Gwen, O.
Gynn, Jas (Letter seems to be missing G ynn, so this might be Glynn or other) 
Haly, Capt. R.
Hamblin, G.D.
Hardin, H.A.
Harley, Jas D. (Might be Harlay or Harloy)
Harmen, G. (Might be Jarman)
Hasson, Jas J.
Havens, P.
Hazzard, Henry
Henderson, J.
Hensdale, G. W.
Hensdale, O.
Horton, E. W.
Hose, M.
Hurner, D.
Hurper, W.
Jackson, Samuel
Johnson, S. W.
Johnson, T.
Kapserhen, W. (Might be Kapserhon or Kapserhor)
Kelly, F. H.
Kelsey, J.
Kirk, W. S.
Kohn, J.
Lacy, A.
Lacy, M.
Lame, C. H.
Lechy, F.A.
Lechy, J. F.
Lechy, J. H.
Leighton, H.
Leman, George
Leman, Michael
Litchfield, A.
Lock, Reuben
Lockwood, L.
Lockwood, W.
Logan, W.
Loggins, H.S.
Long, J.H.
Loodell, E.
Lorell, S.
Malgren, P.
Mann, C.M.
Manning, M.
Mansfield, G.
Mardle, C. H.
Masefield, Phillip
Mason, A. J.
Maye, Henry
McCall, E.
McDonald, Miss Anna
McLain, W. C.
McMullen, J.
McPherson, A.
McRey, H.
Meek, Andrew
Mendkratzer, B.
Michan, A.
Miller, H.
Miller, M.
Miller, W. H.
Moorhouse, Charles F.
More, D. C.
Morrill, John
Morse, O.B.M.
Neal, D.M.
Nichols, G.
Nichols, T.W.
Nicholson, E.C.
Noble, Wm. M.
O Brien, M.
Ordway, J.
Otis, J.
Ottman, Abraham
Owen, M.
Palmer, E.
Parks, R.
Patterson, B.
Patterson, S.
Paul, L.
Peck, M.W.
Pecker, Geo
Pepper, J.
Perkins, E.W.
Phillips, Saml G.
Pitashoskie, W.
Poor, E. J. and son (Might be Poar or Poer)
Porter, Lewis
Porter, M.
Queen, Mrs. M. and child
Rahello, Matilda
Raimickle, H.
Regnouy, M.
Remny, J.
Richardson, A.A.
Ridgeley, Dr.
Rinney, J.A.
Roberts, S.F. (This is typeset as Roberst, but that seems unlikely)
Roberts, W.
Robinson, E.
Robinson, R.L.
Rockwood, G.C.
Rupheard, Mrs. M.
Russell, J.H.
Sanger, Elbridga
Sawyer, Lyman
Scott, J.
Scott, J.
Seares, Alonzo
Shearer, R.
Shelton, C.A.
Shoritakie, Lorenzo
Shultz, E.
Smith, J.
Smith, John
Smith, W.
Smith, Y.H.
Snider, H.M.
Stanwood, J.
Steed, G.
Stephens, Charles
Stewart, J. W.
Stoner, M. H.
Strauss, L. and servant
Tagard, J.
Thornton, S.
Tice, R.
Tilly, S. F.
Timanes, W. G.
Ullman, F.
Umgerer, V.
Vanhorn, B.
Vesyuo, E.
Volper, R.
Vose, S. W.
Wagner, W.
Waller, G.
Walston, O.
Wars, H.
Waterman, M.
Watson, A.
Watts, J.
Weitman, M.
Werchaskie, W. (See Wichoskie below)
Wheeler, C.
Wheeler, W.
White, L.
Whitney, W.
Wichoskie, E. (Might be Withoskie, or even Werchaskie as they are together on the list.)
Williams, W.
Wilson, Wm. 
Wolff, G.
Wood, S.

The Mammoth Book of Life Before the Mast:
Sailors' Eyewitness Stories from the Age of Fighting Ships
Jon E. Lewis, Editor
Firsthand accounts of the real-life naval adventures behind the popular historical sagas of Patrick O'Brian and C. F. Forester. Twenty true-life adventures capture the glory and gore of the great age of naval warfare from the late eighteenth to the early nineteenth century -- the age of the French Revolutionary War, the Napoleonic Wars, and the War of 1812 -- when combat at sea was won by sheer human wit, courage, and endurance. Culled from memoirs, diaries, and letters of celebrated officers as well as sailors, the collection includes accounts of such decisive naval engagements as Admiral Horatio Nelson's on the Battle of the Nile in 1798 or Midshipman Roberts' on the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 and also offers glimpses into daily hardships aboard a man-of-war: scurvy, whippings, storms, piracy, press gangs, drudgery, boredom, and cannibalism.

Life of a Sailor (Seafarers' Voices) Ships, Shipping, Migration, World Seaports.Ships, Shipping, Migration, World Seaports.
Frederick Chamier
Chamier went to sea in 1809 as an officer in the Royal Navy. Like his contemporary, Captain Frederick Marryat, he enjoyed a successful literary career and is remembered for his naval novels. This book, his first, is usually catalogued as fiction, although it is an exact account of his naval experiences, with every individual, ship, and event he described corroborated by his service records. Told with humor and insight, it is considered an authentic account of a young officer's service. From anti-slavery patrols off Africa to punitive raids on the American coast during the War of 1812, Chamier provides details of many lesser-known campaigns. His descriptions of British naval operations in America, which reflected his objection to bringing the war to the civilian population, were highly criticized by his seniors.

The Nagle Journal: A Diary of the Life of Jacob Nagle, Sailor, from the Year 1775 to 1841Stories of the Sea and Ships.
John C. Dann

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