Passengers at the Port of San Francisco: 1800s

SS Pacific

Arrive San Francisco

May 12, 1852
Captain P. E. LeFevre
From San Juan del Sud, Nicaragua
with passengers from the SS Northern Light from New York via the Isthmus. 400 passengers.


Sacramento Daily Union, May 15, 1852

Arrival of the Pacific
Later from Nicaragua

The steamer Pacific, of Vanderbilt's Line, arrived on Thursday evening at 5 o'clock, from San Juan. We are indebted to Gregory's messenger for papers from below; also to Mr. Augustus Elliott, of Elliott's Express, for late intelligence from the Isthmus.

The following is the memoranda of the Pacific:

Per steamer Pacific: Coaled at Realejo. April -8th. Vessels in Realejo harbor - Ellen Hastler (Br), loading with produce to sail 30th April for San Francisco. Br. bark Salem for San Juan del Sud on the 1st May for passengers for San Francisco; brig Prince de Joinville, loading for do. The Pacific sailed from San Juan del Sud April 29th at 8 o'clock p.m. with 400 passengers, of which number 60 were ladies and 55 children. The clipper brig John LaGrand sailed with apsssengers on teh 25th April for San Francisco. Pacific arrived at Acapnlco May 3d at 9 o'clock p.m.; sailed again on the 4th at 6 p.m. Left Fr. ship Hever, 25 days from San Juan del Sud with passengers for San Francisco; bark Ann Smith 45 days from Panama with passengers for San Francisco in distress, and out of provisions; to sail as soon as relief could be had. Steamer Columbus for Panama. May 5th, at 1 o'clock a.m., passed a steam propellor bound south. May 9th at 6 a.m., passed a steamship bound south.

The new Steamship Northern Light, left New York to connect with the Pacific April 5th with 523 passengers.

The subjoined extracts are from memoranda handed us by Mr. Elliott.

The depot at Virgin Bay, is to be removed about two miles from its present locality, where a wharf will be erected, and the Central America will hereafter land her passengers.

The brigs J. C. Dow and Tres Amigos, were in port at San Juan. The Tres Amigos went ashore while the crew were intoxicated. The Captain of the Dow, with his officers and crew went to their assistance, but finding nothing could be done, the Captain and his men returned to his own vessel. The mate, Mr. Randall, from PhUidelphia, persisted in remaining, and commenced cutting away her rigging. The mate of the Amigos was at that time on shore, and the owner who stood by seeing what was done on board, ordered the mate on board, to throw overboard or kill the mate of the Dow. As soon as the mate got on board, a scuffle ensued, the cry of murder was heard, and in a few moments a man was seen thrown overboard.

The mate, who has a family in Philadelphia, has not since been heard of. The owner of the Amigos could not be found. The Spanish mate accused of the murder, is confined, and will be sent to Rivas for trial. The American Consul interposed and took depositions from the Captain of the Dow and others, as witness against the mate, Antonio.

DEFRAUDED PASSENGERS - $1500 had been raised for the benefit of the passengers by the bark Ann Smith at Acapulco, and some provisions purchased, but not enough to guarantee a supply to San Francisco. A subscription was raised among the passengers of the Pacific, amounting to $125. Passengers by this vessel bought through tickets of Palmer & Haight, and were driven to this extremity on account of the frauds practiced upon them.


To R. J. Vandewater


Sacramento Daily Union, May 15, 1852

Passengers by the SS Pacific, May 12 1852, per SDU of 15 May 1852.

DIED On board of the steamship Pacific. May 4th of congestion of the brain. Mr. Wareham Pomeroy of East Hampton, Mass., aged 42 yeras. May 5th. of congestive chills. Mr. John J. Faas of Dorchester and late of Springfield, Mass., aged about 40 years. May 11th, Mr. James W. Burton, of Castalia, Ohio, of dysentery. Mr. William Strain, of Bridgeport, Conn, of dysentery. Mr Wm. Strain of Bridgport, Conn., of dysentery. May 13th, of typhoid fever, John B. Emerson of Chelmsford, Mass, aged 21 years.

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