Passengers at the Port of San Francisco: 1800s

SS Santa Cruz

Arrive San Francisco

May 13, 1859
Captain Robert Haley
From Mexico Coast: Guaymas, Mazatlan, San Blas

May 13, 1859, Daily Alta California
San Francisco, California

The steamship Santa Cruz, with a large number of Spanish officers and troops, arrived this morning, from Mazatlan, April 28th, and San Diego, May 6th. She brings, also, $500,000 in specie, besides 500 hides and other merchandise.


The Santa Cruz, Capt. Robert Haley, left Mazatlan April 28, at 7 p.m.; arrived at San Diego, May 6th, at 10 a.m., coaled and left the same evening for San Francisco. Have encountered strong north-west gales and a heavy head sea the entire passage.


Mr. Holderness, wife and child, Mr. Juan Cervia, wife, 2 children and servant, Mr. Armarjio and wife, Mrs. E. Dye, Mr. Halpin and wife, Mr. Bercera, wife and 4 children, Dr. Farreri, wife and cild, Dr. Angel Adonis, Mr. Enriquez and svt, Gov Sam Purdy
Quentin Douglass, Special Agent Mex. Government
Captains Sam Naghel and Mason
Mr. Simon, Diego Peria, Chas Eagan, George Lociceros, Mr. Moore, Col Juan B. Campo and svt.
Lieut Cols Manual Alegre, Frederico Larencis, Fernando Segura, Francisco Romeroz
Commanders Antonio Mendoza and Juan Marquez
Captains Juan Omaria, Ygnio Seguarsnen, Juan Mendia, A. M. Laurencio, A. M. Carillo, Ramon Martinez, Ramon Castaneda, Dionico Acibes, Epigmenio Echegary
Lieutenants Juan B. Bueno, Alegio Ysardia, J. M. Teran, Pablo Jimenes, Ygnacio Peneda
Subalterns J. M. Zepeda, Rafael Barron, J. M. Gozalex, Rafael Urrucchi, Maximo Suguarrazo, Candido Apieyi, Juan Velasquez, Juan N. Olasuaga, Ygnacio Caballero, Antonio Ramirez, Jesus Simenez, Miguel Martinez, Carlos Echeveira, Ygnacio Castaneda
10 in steerage

May 14, 1859, Los Angeles Star

Arrival of the Steamer Santa Cruz.

On Saturday last, the steamer Santa Cruz, on account of the prolonged absence of which considerable interest was felt in this community, arrrived at San Pedro, by the way of San Diego, and having landed passengers, proceeded on her way to San Francisco. The detention of the Santa Cruz was caused by trading on the Mexican coast, between Guaymas, Mazatlan and San Bias.

We beg to return our thanks to our highly esteemed friend, for the following particulars, noted on the spot, for our information.

On the morning of the 3d of April, at 8 o'clock, the forces of Pesquiera were drawn up outside the city of Mazatlan, and an attack commenced on the defences of the city, in the possession of the Miramon party. In two hours, the three forts which commanded the city, were carried, and the victorious besiegers were led into the city by Pesquiera himself, who immediately pronounced in favor of Juarez and the Liberal party, declaring himself Governor of the States of Sinaloa, Sonora and Chihuahua.

Orders were then issued, prohibiting any acts of violence, and a reward of $100 offered for the apprehension of any who might be found plundering. Two soldiers were apprehended, who had disobeyed the orders, and they were immediately taken out and shot. The American flag was displayed from the house of Dr. Bivens, and one of Pesquiera's officers, standing in front of it, saluted the flag, saying aloud, in Spanish " Long may that flag wave, the flag of the only free and independent nation in the world."

Immediately on peace being established, the business of the city, which had been for some time paralysed, begun to improve, and at the departure of the Santa Cruz, the town presented its usual aspect. Great confidence was felt in Pesquiera's Government, which was exhibited by the rapid increase in the business of the city. The most friendly feeling existed between Pesquiera and the Americans at Mazatlan. The Governor, accompanied by his staff; visited the Santa Cruz, and the next day, Capt. Haley entertained his visitors aboard his ship, making a short excursion for their amusement. Afterwards, this courtesy was reciprocated by the citizens, who invited Capt. Haley and his passengers to a ball. The greatest respect was exhibited towards the American people and Government, not alone by Pesquiera and his officers, but by the people of Mazatlan and Guaymas.

On the 28th April, the Santa Cruz left Mazatlan with eighty cabin passengers, and half a million of treasure, for San Francisco. Of the passengers, forty were officers of the defeated party, whose passage was paid by Pesquiera, and thirty-six ounces afterwards distributed amongst them.

The Santa Cruz will return immediately to Mazatlan, as she is under charter to Pesquiera's Government.

Capt. Stone's party were still at Guaymas, aMaznd were prosecuting the survey without molestation from the people.

The road between Tehuantepec and Juchitan, Oxaca, Mexico by Kent Kobersteen.
The road between Tehuantepec and Juchitan
Oxaca, Mexico

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