Ship Passengers arriving in San Francisco: 1800s

SS Tennessee

Arrive San Francisco

November 6, 1852
Lieut George M. Totten, U.S.N., Commander
15 days from Panama via intermediate ports; to E Knight

November 7, 1852, Daily Alta California


The Steamer Tennessee Lieut. Totten, U. S. Navy, arrived this morning from Panama, bringing the Atlantic mails of the 5th October, and about 450 passengers, among whom is Major P. B. Reading, of this State.

We are indebted to Capt. Totton for his kindness in stopping in the lower bay, to take up our Marine Reporter, and also to Purser Schell for his many favors.


We are indebted to Purser Schell for the following memoranda:

Sailed from Panama at 12-1/2 P. M. Oct. 21st ; left in the harbor, steamer Winfield Scott, receiving on board her passengers, and advertised to leave at 6 P.M. At 3 P. M. on the 26th, about 414 miles south of Acapulco, spoke and exchanged papers with the Oregon, bound down; passengers and crew all well. On the 28th, at 3 P. M, came to anchor in the harbor of Acapulco; steamer Cortes had arrived at midnight previous from San Francisco, and left for Panama at 4P. M. At 5 P. M., steamer Unicorn arrived also from San Francisco. Left Acapulco at 1-1/2 A. M. on the 29th; arrived in San Diego at noon Nov. 4th; found H. B. M. sloop-of -war Amphytrite in the harbor, intending to sail in the afternoon for Mazatlan. Steamer Sea Bird was at Newtown, and was to sail for San Francisco at 4 P. M. Left San Diego at 1-1/2 P. M. Arrived at Monterey at 2 o'clock, A. M.; exchanged mails and proceeded to San Francisco. During the passage experienced a succession of strong head winds and currents.

We are indebted to Wells, Fargo & Co. and Adams & Co. for files of the Atlantic papers. The news by this mail is not of great importance, though the intelligence from Cuba is of serious import in its character, as affecting the peaceful relations between Spain and the United States. Another insult has been offered to tbe American flag by the Cuban authorities.

One of the editors of the Vuz del Pueblo was garroted on the 20th of September. The substance of the cause of this last disaffection, is contained in the annexed letter to the N. York Herald. The most important piece of intelligence is the statement describing an outrage committed by the government officials upon the American vessel Cornelia, whose letter bags were robbed and rifled after she was out of Spanish jurisdiction. The conduct of the Spanish authorities in this respect, was an outrage on the American flag.

We are really getting from bad to worse. The state of excitement among the Creoles is very great. If the poor devils only had arms, the matter would soon be settled. Facciolo behaved this morning on the scaffold with extraordinary coolness; he refused to the last moment to compromise any one of his companions. He declared that he was the only one to blame; whereas, we all know that all he did was to print what the others composed. He is a native of the island, and only twenty-two years of age. I have long suspected these people of tamp'erint: with letters. Surely, your government will never allow such an outrage as that which occurred on board the Cornelia, to pass over unnoticed. The Captain'a desk was opened and searched, and all the letters found, with those in the mail-bag, broken open and rifled. The public advertisement of the half dozen to which I refer, is a mere sham to draw off the public attention to the other letters which are not accounted for. They search the passengers that come to and leave the island. They do now just as they like. Galiano is bona fide Captain-General . . . What a shame that tbe American Government should have here, at this moment, such a Consul as Murland. He thinks of nothing but the fees he can accumulate during Judge Sharkeys absence, and as to this government, they do not even pay him the compliment of addressing him at all as, witness the letters addressed direct to Messrs. Drake &. Co., in relation to the purser of the Crescent City. The Americans here complain bitterly of the want of an efficient man to represent them at a period of so much danger . . .

Quite an excitement was spreading in New York city, in the the Northern aud Western States, and in Canada, relative to the gold mines of Australia. Eleven vessels, containing 1613 passengers, had left New York for that region. Six more vessels were to sail within a short time.

The Uncle Sam, a new steamer for the California line, was launched at New York on the 27th ult. She registers 1800 tons, and was to have been completed in every respect so as to take her departure for Aspinwall on the 1st of October.

The following letter from our New York Correspondent, contains a full and complete summary of the news up to the latest period:


New York, Oct. 5th, 1852.
The regular mail steamer for Aspinwall leaves this afternoon, but we are as yet without the California mails and specie of the 1st Sept. The Ohio, which has them on board, after being out 13 days was compelled to put in at Norfolk yesterday morning short of coal. She cannot get here probably before to morrow morning, and what makes the failure to connect still the more unfortunate is that there is no independent steamer advertised to leave between now and the 20th. Correspondents accordingly will have to wait another fortnight for answers to their letters. By the arrival of the United States, however, we have the San Francisco news, and an account of the specie on the way, so that the bankers are able to operate with reference thereto . . .


Passengers by the SS Tennessee November 7, 1852.
November 7, 1852, Daily Alta California

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