Passengers at the Port of San Francisco: 1800s

SS Panama

Arrive San Francisco

January 21, 1850
Captain Bailey
From Panama
; 21 days from Panama.

Daily Alta California, January 22, 1850


The steamship Panama, Capt. Bailey, arrived early on Monday morning, the 21st inst., from Panama, whence she sailed on the 1st inst. She brought up about 300 passengers, among them twelve ladies. We understand that a number of immigrants by the way of the Gila and Colorado river were taken on board at San Diego many of them in a state of great suffering from exposure to the elements, and scanty food and raiment.

By the Panama we have New York papers of the 13th, and New Orleans to the 15th Dec. There were still a large number of persons upon the Isthmus awaiting means of transportation to this port. The news received is of much interest and we will endeavor to give the leading features in the following summary . . .

The great disiderntum of the times as regards our own country, is the facilitating of communication with California. Our citizens have deeply at heart the opening of the route over the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. A special agent has been dispatched to New York, by the standing committee appointed by our citizens at their great meeting, of which we spoke in our last issue, for the purpose of making preliminary arrangements with Messrs. Garay & Hargous, the gentlemen who have the right of way over the Isthmus, to carry out the project in which the people of New Orleans are so deeply interested. We learn that he is satisfactorily progressing in his mission.

The tide of emigration from the States to California not only continues undiminshed, but is enlarged and accelerated at each return of advices from the infant State. The constitution lately adopted there meets with the unqualified approbation of the whole body of the judicious and reflecting in the States.


291 passengers. List not located.

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