Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s

SS Tennessee 

Arrive San Francisco

May 10, 1852
SS Tennessee 
Lieut. George M. Totten, U.S.N., Commander
From Panama, 640 passengers, to E. Knight

October 18, 1851, Daily Alta California, San Francisco, California


The P.M. steamship Tennessee, Captain George Totten, commander, arrived in our harbor about half past five o'clock yesterday afternoon.


She brings a large mail, and six hundred and three passengers. Her dates from New York are to the 9th of April, being fourteen days later. From England our dates are to March 27th, our previous intelligence extending to March 13th. The Tennessee left Pamma on the 25th ult.. and the Panama papers of the 24th are before us.

We are indebted to Adams &. Co., who were the first to place the late dates upon our table. We, tender our thanks also to the gentlemanly purser of the Tennessee, Mr. Theo. Schell, for his kindness in furnishing us with a list of passengers, memoranda, &c.

The list of passengers brought up by the Tennessee is exceedingly large, though we are pleased to state that but three deaths occurred daring the passage, and those were from diseases contracted previous to the pesons coming on board. The sanitary regulations under Dr. McNaughton, her experienced surgeon, were effective in the extreme and highly creditable to that officer.

The Panama was at Taboga, having arrived the 24th, at 6 P. M. All well. The Golden Gate was awaiting the arrival of the mails and passengers by the Illinois which was to leave New York on the 26th of April. The Golden Gate made the passage down in eleven days and twenty-one hours running time. The Tennessee arrived at Acupulco on the lst inst., where she found the Monumental City, which arrived three days previously from San Juan, with nearly 500 passengers, many of them sick. Five persons had died on board, and of thirty-two who were sick and had been conveyed on shore, five had died also.

This steamer left San Juan on the 22d of April, and made the run to Acapulco in six days and six hours. She left at San Juan about seventy-five persons having tickets for Vanderbilt's Line, some of them due for the last trip of the Independence. Owing to the state of the river, which was very low, the majority of her passengers were over two weeks in crossing the route.

Accounts from Nicaragua represent that considerable excitement is manifested at San Juan del Sud and vicinity in regard tot he action of Government respecting land titles, many of the American settlers having been ejected from lands heretofore guaranteed to them by the Government. One hundred and fifty additional soldiers had been marched to the place, to aid in preserving order . . .

The Tennessee took on board 63 passengers at Acapulco. leaving there on the 2d inst. at 11 A. M. On the 7th she passed a steamer about 220 miles below San Diego, which was supposed to be theColumbia. On the 8th she arrived at San Diego and exchanged mails.

The steamer Constitution was still there, with passengers, waiting for coals. Left there on the same day, and arrived at Monterey on the 10th, making the running time between Panama and San Francisco thirteen days and twenty-two hours.

The following deaths occurred on the passage up, viz: James Small, fireman, Panama fever; Jno. Watson, of Delaware county, Ohio, Panama fever; and J. Van Valkenburg, of Michigan, dysentery.


May 11, 1852, Daily Alta California, San Francisco

Passengers by the SS Tennessee, arrived San Francisco May 10, 1852

Passengers by teh SS Tennessee, May 10, 1852.

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