Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s


SS Sonora

Arrive San Francisco

January 26, 1863
SS Sonora 
Captain W.F. Lapidge
From Panama


The steamer Sonora left San Francisco December 20th, at 4 p.m. December 27th, at 9:30 a.m., arrived at Manzanillo; received freight and treasure and left at 11:30 a.m. December 28th, at 2:30 a.m., exchanged signals with Company's steamer St. Louis bound northward; at 3:30 p.m. arrived at Acapulco, received fresh supplies and coal, and sailed at 6 p.m. January 2d, at 10 p.m., exchanged signals with Company's steamer Golden Age, bound northward. January 3d, passed steamerGuatemala at 6:30 a.m. and arrived at Panama at midnight.

Returning, left Panama January 11th, at 2:45 a.m.; January 13th, at 3:40 a.m., passed steamer Constitution, bound South. January 17th, 2:30 a.m., arrived at Acapulco, received fresh supplies and coal and left at 1:30 p.m. Spoke steamer St. Louis bound Southward at 7:30 p.m.; were boarded by a boat from the French war steamer Diamant. January 25th, at 6 p.m., arrived at San Francisco. Left at Panama, U.S. ships Lancaster and St. Mary's, steamer Hermann, and coal ship Bazaar.

U. S. S. Frigate Saraac.

Left at Acapulco U.S.S. Saranac, and American ships Carlyle and (Ed Note: Name eliminated from article), with coal for Panama Steamship Company.

The steamer Hermann arrived at Panama January 8th, at 1 p.m., and would probably leave (with passengers from New York, per America, December 11th), on the 13th January.

Monday, January 26, 1863, Daily Alta California, San Francisco, California,


French bombarding Acapulco.

Four French men-of-war, with the Commandant of the French squadron in the pacific, bombarded Acapulco for three days.

We are without full particulars, save that the squadron entered Acapulco on the 16th inst., and fired shells into the town (which was almost wholly deserted) for three days, killing some twelve or thirteen Mexicans. Their fire was returned from one of the forts by a German, assisted by a few men, who took the affair very coolly. Some of his shells did considerable damage to the fleet, one of them passing through one of the vessels. . .

Tuesday Morning, January 27, 1863, Daily Alta California, San Francisco


Acapulco, January 16, 1863

Editors Alta: As chance would have it -- the same day that we arrived at this port, on the 8th inst., the four French vessels of war did the same, lying off the harbor in company with the U.S. steamerSaranac. The Constitution entered the harbor without hindrance, but did not land any other passengers. The people of the town sought refuge in the neighboring hills. The people of the town sought refuge in the neighboring hills. Fancy the hurry in which I had to land with my goods and effects in the midst of the confusion. Fortunately nothing occurred that afternoon, and at night I took all my things to my house. Next day the vessels anchored at 10 a.m. and the little steamerDiamant along came up to notify the Commandant-in-Chief . . .


3,615 packages freight.

Consignees: H.W. Wadsworth; E.H. Parker; G. Howes & Co.; A.P. Fuller; Hooker & Co.; J.B. Newton & Co.; C.H. Strybing; M. Speyer; C.A. Lowe & Co.; Allen & Spier; D. Christie; H. Sharp & Co.; Main & Winchester; Commanding Officer U.S. Navy Yard; N. Gray; A.S. Rosenbaum; S. Rich & Bros; S.A. Wood; Hellmann Bros & Co.; Wells, Fargo & Co.; A.B. Forbes; Juan V. Terrpon; Lazard Freres; Godchaus Bros; A. De Silas; Lanzenberg & Co.; Davidson & May; L. Herman & Co.


P.W. Ames, U.S.N.
Miss Baillie and servant
C. Bartlett
D. Batione
D.B. Blair
Rev. A.B. Clark and wife
Mrs. A.F. Dentzel
Carrie Eason
Bridget Gilmore
Dr. V.S. Green, U.S.N.
Miss Hall
Mrs. M.A. Hefley
Jacob Hess
Capt. W.E. Hopkins, U.S.N. 
Mrs. Mary Hurlbart and three children
Jno. Jones and wife
Isaac Levy
Miss M.P. Norton
Ed Packe
Mrs. G.W. Palmer
J.H. Phillips
Mrs. Philllips
Alice Ridgeway
Mrs. Roundtree and two children
Mr. Selfridge
Mrs. Smith
C. Smith, U.S.N.
J.B. Sweet, U.S.N.
Capt. Swift
Mrs. Terwilliger
Uriah Wood and wife
and 320 other passengers

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