Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s


SS Sierra Nevada

Arrive San Francisco

April 2, 1854
Captain James H. Blethen
From San Juan del Sud, Nicaragua


 April 3, 1854, Sacramento Daily Union, Sacramento, California

Arrival of the Sierra Nevada and John L. Stephens

These two noble steamers arrived at the bay yesterday the former a few hours ahead. The news is of some importance, and will be found under our telegraphic head. That by the Sierra Nevada was telegraphed to the Union, and issued yesterday in an Extra. The Stephens brings two days later dates from New York.

We have only room to say that such a quantity of news, including the lists of passengers by both steamers, has never before been telegraphed to a paper in Sacramento in one day. It fills nearly three columns, and almost gives us a telegraphic paper this morning. The reader ia again referred to our telegraphic columns for the news.


By Telegraph to the Union
Arrival of the 

San Francisco, April 2d, 11 o'clock, a.m. The steamer Sierra Nevada arrived this morning from San Juan del Sud. She left San Juan on the night of the 19th of March, with 955 passengers, of which 170 are women and 125 children, all in good health.

The company's road is in the most perfect condition, and omnibuses are now crossing regularly. The company are also vigorously prosecuting the erection of wharves, both at San Juan and the Lake.

The Sierra Nevada has met strong N. W. gales and heavy head seas since leaving Cape St. Lucas.

A melancholy affair occurred on board the Sierra Nevada on her passage up, as follows: Wednesday evening, March 22d, at half-past 7 o'clock, two of the deck hands got into a quarrel, when Wm. Pratt, the second officer, went from his room to quiet them; while doing so a steerage passenger by the name of John Gardner, interfered. Mr. Pratt requested him to go away, when Gardner seized him by the throat and in the scuffle stabbed Pratt twice in the breast, and also severely cut the third officer in the arm. Gardner attempted to escape, but was caught and confined. Mr. Pratt died in about 30 minutes. He leaves a wife on Long Island; he was an excellent officer and most exemplary man, and was loved and respected by all with whom he associated . . .

Rowland A. Smith was arrested, tried, convicted and sentenced in one week to twenty-seven years imprisonment for robbing the mail.

James Saunders, Marshal of the Hibernian Society, was, on the 24 February, sentenced to four months imprisonment in the Penitcntiiry for having participated in the riot in the Ninth Ward, New York, on the 4th July last . . .

Mr. Douglas Burned In Effigy.

Boston, February 28, 1854.

An effigy was found this morning suspended to the top of the flag staff on Boston Common, with the following inscription upon it: "Stephen A. Douglas, author of the infamous Nebraska bill, the Benedict Arnold of 1854."

Stephen A. Douglas

. . . Eighteen persons were killed by the exploBion of the steam boiler in the car factory at Hartford. Conn., on Thursday afternoon, March 2d. Twenty-two others had limbs broken or were badly bruised or scalded. A Coroner's inquest was held on the next day, but no definite conclusion could be arrived at from the testimony of the witnesses as to the immediate cause of the horrible calamity.

Latest from the Eastern War.

The M. Andes, from Liverpool, arrived at Boston on Wednesday morning, March Ist, with Liverpool papers of the 14th February, and London and Paris news of the 10th February. Although there is nothing definite regarding the ultimate issue of the Eastern question, it would appear as if it were rapidly tending to a crisis. The British government had chartered thirteen steamships for the conveyance of troops to Malta ; among them the Cunard steamer Niagara, which was to have left Liverpool for Halifax and Boston on the 18th February, and the French fleet had sailed from Brest with orders to embark forces at Toulon, Algiers and Civita Vecchia for the East. It was expected that the Czar would soon declare finally his course of action in a Wesselrode letter addressed to the Ambassador at Vienna. The period of forty days which had been agreed upon by the Sultan's cabinet as that at which the Russian Emperor should declare his acceptance or rejection of the last propositions of the four powers, expired on the 8th February, and the time fixed by the admirals of the combined fleets at Constantinople, as that which the Russian ships should return to their harbors in the Black Sea had also expired. In the meantime the Russians had sixty thousand men around Kalafat, the Emperor had ordered that the Turks be driven out of Lesser Walachia, find the Turkish troops had been defeated at Trogana, near Kalafat and Giurgevo.

Lord John Russell introduced the new reform bill in the British House of Commons on the 13th February. Fourteen persons had been arrested at Madrid for taking part in what the government organs call a "Democratic conspiracy."


April 3, 1854, Sacramento Daily Union, Sacramento, California
Passengers by the S.S. Nevada, 3 April 1854, SDU.

La Ruta de Nicaragua (Spanish Edition)

Nicaragua Map.

Central America Map. 1862.

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