Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s


SS Sierra Nevada

Arrive San Francisco

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


July 2, 1854, Daily Alta California, San Francisco

Arrival of the Sierra Nevada

The Revolution in Nicaragua

Nicaragua Map.

The Nicaragua Co.'s steamship Sierra Nevada, arrived at 2 o'clock this morning, with 700 passengers, among whom it will be seen is the large number of 120 women and 104 children.

We are indebted to Purser Foster, for the subjoined memoranda and list of passengers:


Steamer Sierra Nevada, James H. Blethen, commander, left San Francisco, June 1, with over 600 passengers, and arrived at San Juan in 11-1/2 days. The passengers, specie, and great independent mails arrived at the Atlantic steamer on the 13th day from San Francisco.

Left San Juan on the morning of June 20, and arrived at this port July 1, in 11-1/2 days, bringing upwards of 7OO passengers, all in good health, among which are 120 women and 104 children. The S. N. has experienced fine weather during the upward trip, with the exception of two days of northwesterly gales, with heavy head rolling seas.

The revolution in Nicaragua is nearly concluded. The revolutionists under Castellon having possession of every town in the State, except Granada, (the strong hold of the old regime) which they held closely besieged, and could undoubtedly be taken at will, but for their desire to prevent bloodshed. The conflict thus far has been almost entirely bloodless, and the new party is very generally received with extreme favor by both the native and foreign residents.


Arrival of The Sierra Nevada July 2, 1854.

La Ruta de Nicaragua (Spanish Edition)

Central America Map. 1862.

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