Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s


SS Isthmus

Arrive San Francisco

September 30, 1853
SS Isthmus 
Captain Harris
19 days From Panama via intermediate ports.


October 1, 1853, Daily Alta California, San Francisco


Four Days Later from Panama

The P.M.S. Co. steamer Isthmus arrived last evening from Panama, which port she left on the 10th.

She brings the mail, and passengers, of the steamer Philadelphia from New Orleans, which were due here by the Winfield Scott. The Philadelphia broke down, and was in consequence unable to connect with the Scott. By this arrival we have Panama papers to the 10th.

The Hearld says the repairs now being made on the Cruces road have almost entirely done away with the difficulties experienced by passengers in the journey from Panama to Cruces, and although this is generally considered as the rainy season, we have experienced during the last ten days but two wet days, with occasional showers at night.

We never knew the Isthmus so free from sickness as at the present time, and the Hospital report which we publish today will bear us out in this statement . . .

I have only to inform you that, despite the reports that have been circulated to the contrary, we have no sickness of any kind here, and the last report of the Physician of the American Hospital shows a decrease in the number of admissions and but two deaths. The railroad company are progressing rapidly, both with their own works and the repairs of the Cruces road; and all the bad spots are now either drained or filled in, and the general repairs going on, owing to the favorably weather we have enjoyed, have been done with more facility and rapidity than was at first anticipated.


Collecting bat guano, Chincha Islands. 1880.

From Mr. Quimby, messenger of Adams & Co. Express, from Melbourne, we have received important information relative to an outrage committed by the Commandante in charge of the Peruvian guard-ship at the Chincha Islands on some American captains there. It appears that an order has been issued prohibiting the killing of pelicans and penguins, and subjecting any one breaking the law to a fine of one dollar. A sailor belonging to an American vessel, whilst going on shore, killed one of these birds with an oar, and the boat's crew were immediately arrested and placed in irons on board the guard ship. On the following morning, the captain of the vessel, hearing of the arrest of his men, sent on board the guard ship to pay the fine, and requested release of his men. The fine was received, but the release declined by the Commandante. (Images: Chicha Islands. Collecting bat guano: map 1856.)

Chincha Islands. 1856.

The American captains then in port, some twenty-five, then formed a committee, and divesting themselves of every thing in the shape of arms, proceeded to wait upon the Commandante to induct him to deliver them. Instead of listening to their petition, the Commandante brought all his marines on deck, and having given the command to load with ball cartridge, he ordered the American captains peremptorily to leave his vessel. This they hastened to do, but owing to some slight delay in getting into their boats, the marines attacked them with their muskets, abusing them in the most shameful manner. Some of them were beaten severely with the butt ends of the muskets, others were wounded badly with the bayonets, and many were thrown over the side of the vessel into the sea.

One of the captains was very seriously wounded in the thigh, and it is feared he may not recover. After this affair, the Americans at the Island sent a deputation to the American Minister, J. Randolph Clay, at Lima, which was received by him with the utmost courtesy. We understand that Mr. Clay has taken immediate steps in the matter, and that he is determined to insist upon the Peruvian advancement rendering immediate satisfaction for this outrage. Mr. Clay has also forwarded to Washington, important dispatches relative to this subject by Adams & Co. Express.

~ Panama Star


To E. Flint


W. L. Williams
W. A. Benton
J. T. Webster
Adams & Co agent
Mrs. E. C. Eldredge and child
Elizabeth Gillen
Emily Burgen and two children
Catherine Latezein
Jas Johnson
Alexander Joseph
John Thomas
F. Massamino
F. Eusebio (or F. Euseblo)
J. Ramelli
A. Alvertovi
L. Mansalto
S. Simmons
C. Lombargo
B. Penny
P. Murry (As spelled in the Sacramento Daily Union)
E. Pigeon
J. Poulard
Hugh Byrnes
R. Gleason
Madelina Capdedeville
F. H. Foukert
Julio Belange

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