Passengers at the Port of San Francisco: 1800s

SS Panama

Arrive San Francisco

June 4, 1849
Captain Bailey
From Panama

Weekly Alta California, June 7, 1849

Thirteen Days Later From the U. States

By the Ocean steamer Panama Captain Bailey, which arrived in this port on Monday morning last, we have dates from New York City up to the 19th April. The Panama left Panama on the 18th May, and arrived in this harbor early on Monday morning, June 4, thus making the passage in about 17 days. The Panama brought 290 passengers, among whom are the Hon. T, Butler King of Georgia, and Mrs. Fremont of Washington.

She brings a very large mail, the largest ever received in this place but the intelligence is only a duplicate of that by the Edith from Mazatlan, which we published last week. The excitement relative to the gold mines was subsiding, but emigration was still going steadily forward.

LARGE MAIL: The Panama brought forty-five bags of mail matter, among which were some three thousand letters.

By a compilation prepared in the New York Tribune office, it appears that the whole number of passengers sailed from the United States for California, from December 7, 1848, to April 17, 1849, was as follows:

From Passengers
New York 8,095
Boston 2,624
Philadelphia 476
Baltimore 476
New Orleans 1,211
Other Ports 2,461
Total by Companies 2,010
TOTAL 17,309

If we add to the above the emigration coming over land, we shall have a total of probably 20,000 emigrants now enroute for California from the United States.

Washington, April 16, 1849 . . . The failure of the late Congress to establish a territorial government in California, of some sort, to protect American citizens who have gone, and are gonig there, from depredation and outrage, is justly exciting an unappeasable feeling of indignation throughout the states. The mere failure of any public measure has never before called out so common nor so excited expressions of the popular sentiment, as the neglect in this instance, of a factious and time-serving Congress, to extend the jurisdiction of the American constitution and laws to the people of the newly acquired territories . . .

The great excitement (known here as the yellow fever) on the subject of gold in California and the rush of emigration thither, have considerably abated. Later accounts from the diggings have reminded people of the old adage, that "all is not gold that glitters," and the trouble which emigrants have experienced at Panama, and at other places on that and other routes, has cooled the ardor of thousands who had made up their minds to go to the new El Dorado. Those who do go hereafter will exercise more deliberation in starting, and go better prepared for the journey than most others have done, who have preceded them. The rush, it is safe to conclude, is over for the present, at least, and men who now undertake the expedition will do so with something like rational hopes and views. ~ H.


Daily Alta California, November 1, 1853

290 passengers (full list not located.)

*On June 4, 1874, the following passengers of the steamship Panama staged a reunion on June 4, 1874. Original is at the Bancroft Library, U. C. Berkeley)

* WM. M. Gwin (Ex. U. S. Senator; Officer of the Reunion)
W. G. English, Sacramento
* Hall McAllister
* Robt. Allen, 1117 Stockton, San Francisco (Major General, U.S. Army)
* John V. Plume (Secretary of the Reunion)
Geo. Lamoroux, Eureka, Nevada
* Fred F. Low (Ex-Governor; Vice President of the Reunion)
T. W. Thomson, San Jose, California
Lafayette Maynard
* J. H. Jewett, Marysville
* John C. Morrison Jr.
J. H. Nevett, San Mateo, California
John B. Weller
* Horace Beech, U. S. Mint
E. W. McKinstry
Fred Ikin, Front St., San Francisco
* W. H. V. Cronise
Thomas C. Clark, Tehama St., San Francisco
* Chauncey Taylor, Oakland, California
* Thomas Sunderland
* Samuel Tyler, 516 Brannan St., San Francisco
* W. G. Brown, Sacramento, California
* Daniel T. Adams, 700 California St., San Francisco
Chas. Oatts, Pleasanton, Cal.
Wm. J. Lewis, 461 Natoma St., San Francisco
Nath'l Boice, 218 Seventh 5
* S. R. Harris, M. D., 636 Clay St., San Francisco
John Cochran
* H. G. Blankman, Brooklyn, Alameda County
* James H. Crossman
Alfred De Witt, Elizabeth, N. J.
* H. G. Mason
* Sam'l C. Gray, 418 Battery St., San Francisco
Maj. Gen. J. Hooker, Watertown, N. Y.
Lucy W. Gray, 26 Ellis St., San Francisco
Maj. Gen. Wm. H. Emory, N. O.
Dr. Jos. M. Frey, Newcastle, Cal.
Gen. P. A. Morse, Natchitoches, Louisiana
* S. W. Holladay, Cor. Washington and Montgomery Ave., San Francisco
Gideon Lee Knapp, New York
P. M. Backus, 5 Vallejo St., San Francisco
Wm. M. Burgoyne, New York
* John Bensley, 3 & 5 Front St., San Francisco
Mrs. Jessie Benton Fremont, Tarrytown, N. Y.
Hon. Benjamin Stark, New London, Ct.
Capt. G. D. Johnson, San Diego
W. B. Skellenger, Overland House
Sam'l Ward, New York
Edward Pooley, 435 Pine St., San Francisco
Admiral David D. Porter, Washington City
Geo. Rowland, Sacramento
* Henry B. Livingston, Oakland


The U. S. M. steamship PANAMA, Captain Bailey, will leave this port for Panama on the 1st July, touching at Monterey, San Diego and San Blas. For freight or passage, apply to

June 7 Agent P. M. S. Co.
N. B. No freight will be taken on the day of the steamer's departure.


For San Blas, Acapulco, and Panama Landing at Monterey, Santa Barbara, San Diego and Mazatlan. The Steamship Panama, Captain Bailey, will will sail early in July. No Berths secured until paid for.

Passage to  
Monterey $15.00
Santa Barbara 40.00
San Diego 65.00
Mazatlan, in cabin $132.50
Mazatlan, steerage 64.00
San Blas, in cabin 160.00
San Blas, steerage 80.00
Acapulco, in cabin 200.00
Acapulco, steerage 100.00
Panama, in cabin 250.00
Panama, steerage 100.00

For freight to Panama $50 per ton, and one per ct. on specie. Passengers will be charged freight on all except wearing apparel, and on this, when it exceeds 300 lbs. The ship will connect with the Chagres line to New-York. For freight or passage apply to

ALFRED ROBINSON, Agent P. M. S. Co. April 12. 22tf.

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