Ship Passengers arriving in San Francisco: 1800s

SS Orizaba

Arrive San Francisco

October 29, 1859
SS Orizaba
Captain James H. Blethen
From Panama


October 31, 1859, Sacramento Daily Union

The opposition steamer Orizaba arrived last night at 12 o'clock, bringing the Atlantic mail, but no later news.

Arrival of the Orizaba


Point Conception.
Waves Breaking on the Coastal Bluffs
Point Conception, California
Rich Reid

The New York and California Steamship Co.'s steamer Orizaba left San Francisco Sept. 20th; 28th, at 2 p.m. arrived at Acapulco, and took on board supplies, and sailed at 10 p.m.; Oct. 4th, at 5 a.m., arrived at Panama. Passengers and baggage crossed the Isthmus, and went to sea from Aspinwall at 4 p.m. in steamship North Star.

Oct. 14th, at 5 p. m., left Panama with 601 passengers, 310 packages express freight, and 268 bags of United States mail, from New York Oct. 5th, per steamer Northern Light; Oct. 15th, encountered a severe gale of wind and rain, which lasted for five days; Oct 21st, at 2 p.m., arrived at Acapulco, received on board supplies, and left at 10 p.m. Oct. 23th, at 11 p. m., passed Point Conception 3 miles distant, but saw no light; Oct. 29th, at 10 p.m. arrived off the Heads.


Passengers by the SS Orizaba October 29, 1859.

Passengers by the S. S. Orizaba. Arrive October 29, 1859
Sacramento Daily Union, October 31, 1859

Aspinwall City, Isthmus of Panama.
Aspinwall City in the Isthmus of Panama

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