Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s


SS Sierra Nevada

Arrive San Francisco

February 18, 1854
Captain James H. Blethen
From San Juan del Sud, Nicaragua

February 18, 1854, Daily Alta California, San Francisco

Arrival of the Sierra Nevada

Captain James H. Blethen.

The Nicaragua steamer Sierra Nevada, Capt. J. H. Blethen, arrived yesterday morning from San Juan with 927 passengers, among whom are 181 women and 114 children.

Purser Foster, in his report, which is annexed, gives an account of some important improvements going forward by order of the Company, on the Isthmus. He reports also the sanatory condition of the land travel as excellent, and no sockness or deaths having occurred during the passage.

We are indebted to Mr. Foster and to Capt. Blethen, for their attention to our Marine Reporter.


Steamer Sierra Nevada, J. H. Blethen, commander, left San Francisco on the 16th January, and arrived at San Juan del Sud in 11-1/2 days. The passengers, specie and mails, embarked on the Company's steamer Star of the West, for New York, and Daniel Webster, for New Orleans, on the morning of January 31st, by which they would reach home on the 4th and 7th inst.

The Sierra Nevada left San Juan on the 3d at midnitht; passed Acapulco on the 7th, at midnight; on the 8th, at 10 P. M., passed the Nicaragua steamer Cortes, 20 miles east of Point Fejupan; on the 9th, at 11 a.m., passed the P.M.S.S. Co's steamer Columbia, hence for Panama, and arrived this port on the night of the 16th, having met very strong westerly gales and tremendous head seas, without the least cessation, during the last five days.

The Sierra Nevada brings 927 passengers, of which 181 are women, and 114 children, all in good health, with only one death to record, and that from disease contracted before leaving New York, which fact is unparalleled in the entire history of California emigration, and is the more important when we take in consideration the very large proportion of females and children. The Company are commencing the construction of piers al San Juan, and at the Lake, for the landing of passengers, and omnibusses are expected to be ready on the 1st of March, to convey passengers over the entire land route.


February 18, 1854, Sacramento Daily Union, Sacramento, California
Passengers by the SS Sierra Nevada, February 17, 1854. Sacramento Daily Union.

February 18, 1854, Daily Alta California, San Francisco
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La Ruta de Nicaragua (Spanish Edition)

Nicaragua Map.

Central America Map. 1862.

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