Passengers at the Port of San Francisco: 1800s

SS. Panama

Arrive San Francisco

March 21, 1851
SS. Panama
Captain Watkins
From Panama


March 22, 1851, Daily Alta California, San Francisco

ARRIVED: March 21, Pacific Mail Co's steamship Panama, Captain Watkins, 20 days from Panama via intermediate ports. 164 passengers, 19 females. To E. Knight.

Passing a boat on the Chagres River. George Cooper. 1853.

We may be allowed here to acknowledge the receipt of acceptable favors from Capt. Watkins, Mr. Hewitt, and Mr. Ishani, of the Panama.

Among the passengers, we are happy to announce the arrival of D. H. Haskell, Esq., of Adams & Co. We also notice the arrival of Mrs. Gen. Smith and family, Rev Dr. Mines and family, Wm. J. Conner, and others, known to our community.

. . . The steamer John Adams was sunk, and 130 lives lost. She left New Orleans, and proceeding up the Mississippi River, with over 200 passengers on board, many of them being returned Californians, struck a snag and immediately sank. Of 80 deck passengers, but two are known to have been saved.

March 24, 1851, Sacramento Daily Union, Sacramento, California

SPECIE -- The steamer Panama, which arrived at San Francisco from Panama, had on board $102,336.12, consiged to the following:

Godeffroy, Stillem & Co. $14,036
Bolton, Barron & Co. 30,000
Mathias Alsun 48,700
Henry Sorse 9,800
Total $102,336

March 22, 1851, Daily Alta California, San Francisco, California

Complimentary. We have received for publication the following card, signed by the passengers on the Panama. Those who are acquainted with the officers of that steamer will admit that the complimentary expressions are no more than just:

Steamship Panama, at Sea, off Monterey
March 21, 1851.

SIR The undersigned, cabin passengers on board the Pacific Mail Steamship Company's steamer Panama, under your command, on her upward trip from Panama to San Francisco, do not feel themselves at liberty to leave your noble vessel without some slight manifestation of their kindly feelings towards you for your uniform kindness and courtesy during the voyage. Your extremely gentlemanly conduct and earnest desire to contribute in every manner to our comfort and pleasure has endeared you to every one on board.

In addition we desire to manifest our appreciation of the gentlemanly deportment and officer-like conduct of your assistants in command. The Surgeon, Dr. Gray, whenever his services have been required, has always been prompt and skilful in the discharge of his duties. To the gentlemanly and accomplished purser, Mr. Geo. Howett, we are all anxious to tender our warmest thanks for his uniform courtesy and politeness. We shall never forget our obligations to Mr. F. W. Fairchild, who for this voyage has acted in the capacity of Steward, for his untiring efforts to furnish to us a table unsurpassed on the shores of the Pacific, and whose earnest desire to furnish to us everything in his power to procure, has made us rejoice that he has been with us.

And in parting from you, dear sir, we would wish you continued success and prosperity through life, and to the officers of your ship that prosperity in life they most richly deserve.
[Signed by the passengers.]


Daily Alta California, March 22, 1851: Per steamship Panama De Witt & Harrison, Beverly C. Sanders, Kelsey, Smith & Risley; Goddefroy, Sillem & Co.; Mathias Alsua, W. E. Barron, Joseph Honisberg, J. W. Gregory, Bolton, Barron & Co. G. Goyetche; Henry Storsa.


March 24, 1851, Sacramento Daily Union, Sacramento, California

Per Steamship Panama, From Panama

Col Baker and lady, Mrs. Gen'l Smith and 2 servants, Mr. Hawley and lady, Mr. Scoffy and lady, and 2 children, Mrs. Pearson, 2 children and 2 servants, Dr. Geary and lady, and 3 children, Mr. Dewey and lady, Mrs. Tunner, Rev. W. Mines and lady, and child, Mr. Buckelew and lady, child and servant, Mrs. Juda, Mrs. Freeman, Mrs. Maria Homer, Mrs. White and child, Mr. Ranlett and lady, Mr. Storm and lady, and 2 childen, Mrs. Haynes, Mr. Cole, Mrs. D. Burrill, Dr. Adkins, U. S. A., D. H. Haskill, E. Vail, A. Stason, Geo E. Payne, Capt. Spalding, H. H. Wise, C. H. Lewis, J. Cowell, W. Pettit, G. H. Grant, A. B. Norris, W. J. Eamas, J. Sedgwick, G. L. Rice, S. Stevens, A. L. Stevens, Mr. Slocum, Mail Agent, Mr. Cooly, Assistant do, Lieut Allen, Mr. Chandler, W. E. Kelly, T. A. Hill, C. H. Clinch, J. C. Baugher, H. Hugg, J. W. Rider, S. S. Holman, G. Ferries, J. L. N. Shephard, N. B. Stone, N. Houston, G. M. Smith, Mr. Laniaroux, Mr. Lacour, Mr. Martin, B. F. Hastings, Mr. Steans, W. Bogart, G. W. Kelsey, Edward R. Moore, J. S. Taseeur, Dr Van Dyke, Mr. Eyre, J. W. Austin, Mr. Smith, jr., Capt Jaynes, Rev Mr. Daubet, W. G. Phelps.

Steerage Mrs. G. Kelley, Mr. A. Smith, Leon Johnson, Robt Haddon, A. D. Davis, B. Wilcox, J. G. Gull, J. Russell, C. B. Andrews, Peter Maher, S. Moryenskin, R. Lathy, D E Goldsmith, R. Snedke, Jas. McGerrin, F. Percy, W. Ashby, Andrew Murphy, boy and servant, G. Ortiga and 2 ladies, G. Lambur, T. Hartness, P O'Neil, E. B. Holt, John Ross, A. McCullagh, J. Russell and boy, John Blyo, G. J. Finch, S. Armwald, Lewis Davidson, S. Cohen, J. G. Brown, L. Jambohn, A E Cressy, N Percy, A Martines, J. Floyd, Jose Tenoria, Thomas Momajian, M. Phillips, W. D. Kent, John Blye, Hickman, Williams, Berger, Draper, W. S. Mead, Lewis Jesse, H Cohen, Leopold Price, R. Snyder, C. Booth, Hathaway, Carpenter, S. Lopez, Albert Cage, Kinney, J. T. Rowe, H. Giles, Graham, Robert Lipsey, S. Wood, J. D. Cannon, Robinson, Copley, Egbert, E S. Sermorn, F Batt, James M Koberts, Jas Tryson. S. Friendendah, Mr. Nathan, Wager, Brewer, J. P. Zanders, Mr. Hale, Mr. Ignatio, Mellon, Demaso, Delagunna, L. Tazo, R. Nursua.

March 24, 1851, Sacramento Transcript, Sacramento, California

The Passenger Lists

Ladies. We laid before our readers on Saturday morning, a complete list of the passengers by the steamer Panama, in advance of all others. It will be observed by looking over the list of the Panama that an unusually large number of ladies arrived; on board of the Union, also, soon to arrive, are many more; and the Columbus brought up with her no less than thirty-three blooming liitle responsibilities.

March 22, 1851, Daily Alta California, San Francisco, California

Passengers per steamship Panama from Panama

Passengers by the SS Panama March 22, 1851.

March 22, 1851, Daily Alta California, San Francisco, California


name another occasion when a "certain Express" has supplied our up river neighbors with the latest news from the States

Yes, the Balance can name another occasion. On the arrival of the Columbus and Panama yesterday, a cargo for a tug boat, of atlantic news, was forwarded to Sacramento and Marysvile by the "certain express," ahead of every line, the tug boat express included. Our daily express to Sacramento, Marysville, and the Northern mines, is carried on the splendid steamers Confidence and Wilson G. Hunt, whose speed just suits the Express business.

Proprietor of the Atlantic and Pacific Express.
N. B. To Trinidad and Humboldt today at 4 o'clock
by the Gen Warren.

March 22, 1851, Daily Alta California , San Francisco, California.

Intelligence from Panama -- Traveling on the Isthmus

Traveling on the Isthmus of Panama promises to become ere long more agreeable than formerly. The prospect of a successful railroad track across is becoming a pretty certain one. The work is progressing with a good deal of spirit and as rapidly as could be expected. There are five stations, No. 1 at Navy Bay, No. 2 at Gatune, No. 3 at Bejia Soldado, No. 4 at Palanquila, and No. 5 a few miles below Gorgona. The railroad will cross the Chagres river but once, near Gorgona, and the engineers intend to have the road completed so that the cars may be run as far as Bojia Soldado during the ensuing summer. Additional laborers were daily expected aud it was hoped that the road might be extended to Panama some time during the next year.

In addition to this, a steamboat is running successfully through in one day, on the Chagres river from Gorgona to Chagres. This must certainly be a more agreeable mode of travel than lying on one's back in a narrow little canoe far five or six days. The following is her advertisement:

River Chagres. Panama.


The new and capacious steamer Wm. H. Aspinwall, built expressly for the Chagres river, under the authority of New Granada, now lying at Gorgona, and commanded by Capt. J. K. Ridout, will leave Gorgona for Chagres on the arrival of passengers from Panama; and returning, will leave Chagres for Gorgona on the arrival of the Ocean steamers at Chagres, going through each way in one day. For freight or passage apply on board. A. G. Jewett, Proprietor.

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