Ship Passengers arriving in San Francisco: 1800s

SS Orizaba

Arrive San Francisco

May 10, 1863
SS Orizaba
Captain E. S. Farnsworth
From Panama


May 10, 1863, Daily Alta California
May 11, 1863, Sacramento Daily Union

The P. M. S. S. Co's steamer Orizaba arrived last evening from Panama. 679 passsengers, 35 firkins of butter, 193 packages ordnance stores, 1870 packages merchandise, $2,900 in silver, and 67 packages fast express freight.

Advices from Panama

Panama dates are to the 16th of April.

William Willliams, condemned to death for the murder of Captain Otis in the railway cars, in 1859, has been set at liberty by decree of Mosquera, which grants pardon for offenses committed against Government prior to the end of 1862. The real name of the murderer is Teal, formerly of China Ranch, California.


Steamer Orizaba, E. S. Farnsworth, Commander, left San Franciso April 31, 10:50 A.M.; April 10th. 4 A. M.. passed steamer Sonora, bound to San Francisco: 4:30 P. M., arrived at Acapulco, and received U.S. mails and fresh supplies; April 11th. 11:48, passed steamer Moses Taylor; April 15th, 11 P. M.. passed steamer Constitution bound to San Francisco; April 17th, 1 a.m., arrived at Panama. U. S mails, passengers and treasure left Aspinwall at 10 a.m. Left Panama April 22d at 9:10 p.m.; April 29th, 3:10 p.m., arrived at Acapulco, received U.S. mail, fresh supplies, etc. May 1st, 3 p.m,. passed steamer Sonora bound to Panama; arrived at Manzanillo 6 p.m., received U. S. mails, etc, and left at 7:20 P. M.; arrived at San Francisco May 9th, 9 p.m. Left at Panama U. S. ship St. Mary's, and at Manzanillo, U. S. ship Narragansett.


Passengers by the S. S. Orizaba, May 9, 1863.

Passengers by the S. S. Orizaba. Arrive May 9, 1863
Daily Alta California, May 10, 1863

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

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