Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s


Isthmus of Panama.

SS Uncle Sam

Arrive San Francisco

June 1, 1854
Captain W.A. Mills, Esq.
From Panama


May 31, 1854, Daily Alta California, San Francisco


The Independent Opposition Steamer Uncle Sam, W. A. Mills, Esq., Commander, arrived yesterday morning from Panama. Having on board upwards of 900 passengers.

The memoranda of Purser Buckman is sufficiently explicit, embracing everything worth mentioning in regard to her trip.

San Francisco Correspondence.

San Francisco, June 1, 1854.

A large crowd assembled this morning in front of the steamship offices in accordance with a previous announcement; they did not organize, but merely talked the matter of high prices over between themselves, and one by one slipped into the offices, secured their tickets, and paid the fare. It has been said that the prices were raised through a combination of the Nicaragua and Independent line, but the amount of the business is, they both had as much as they could do, with the Mail Company included.


The Independent Opposition Steamer Uncle Sam, W. A. Mills, commander, left San Francisco, May 1st, two hours after the steamer Cortes, and four hours after the Mail Company steamer, Panama. During the night of the 1st passed two steamers, supposed to be the Cortes and Panama. After passing Cape San Lucas the weather was excessively hot and sultry, and for six successive days the ocean was without a ripple, which made it difficult to get up steam. May 6th, George Price, a fireman, died of congestion of the brain, caused by the heat. May 14th, arrived at Panama, making the passage in 12 days and 16 hours. The mail steamer Panama arrived 36 hours later.

The news on the Isthmus was quite stirring; business of all kinds was brisk, and it was never known to be more healthy than at present. There has been but little rain, and the crossing is in a splendid condition. It is the opinion of the old residents that the climate as well as all else has become Americanized. Passengers now pass through the country without being forced to pay the head tax or pert charges of any kind, heretofore demanded by Government. The Railroad is rapidly progressing and in three weeks the cars will run up to the summit, eleven miles from Panama. Passengers now cross by the new road known as the Summit Road; it is much the shortest and the best. When the Railroad is completed to Summit, passengers can cross, with their baggage from ocean to ocean, in five or six hours with the greatest ease.

May 17th, at 11 o'clock P. M., left Panama, three hours after the Mail Company steamer Sonora. The Uncle Sam brings passengers, 980 in number, from the Company's splendid steam yacht North Star, she having made the run from New York to Aspinwall in 8 days and 2 hours, using only two of her boilers, and beat the Mail Company steamer Illinois 12 hours. May 21st, at midnight, passed a large steamer steering W. N. W., but she was too far distant to make her out; in the morning she was out of sight astern. May 25th, wind blowing a gale from the N. W., with a heavy head sea. May 30th, wind still blowing a gale, put into Monterey short of fuel, and was detained 21 hours to take in wood. The Sam has made a splendid passage, taking all things into consideration; for six days her engine has been run half shut off, for want of coal and against a strong gale of wind. The steamerMajor Tompkins was at Monterey when the Uncle Sam left.


Arrival of the Steamer Uncle Sam June 2 1854.Abbot, C. D. 
Akin, C. T. 
Alexander, E., and servant 
Allen, C. S. 
Allen, G. 
Allen, G. 
Ames, Mrs. G., and 2 children 
Archer, Gen.
Backman, B.
Bailes, Mrs. J.
Baily (Baly ). J.
Barkell, Mr.
Bartlet, C.
Bartol, Col.
Bating, Miss E.
Beach, J. S.
Bernard, A.
Berry, M. E.
Berry, Miss
Bigler, S. C.
Birne, Miss A.
Birua, M.
Blard ( ), B. B.
Boem (Bohem ), J.
Bonand, A. G.
Bonardt (Benardt ), Mr.
Boudin, Mrs., and child
Brady, Miss M.
Brahmin, E.
Brane (Brune ), A.
Bronson, H.
Brook, T., and lady
Brown, H.
Burch, F. P.
Canady, Mrs., and child
Canfield, P., and lady
Cany, Capt. T.
Carson, J. A.
Castelle, Mrs., and 2 children
Christy, R.
Cohen, M.
Cole, W. D.
Coner, C.
Cook, H.
Cook, Mrs.
Cooper, W. B.
Crow, M.
Curtis, C. A., and lady
Daily, E. G.
Dall, Silas
Dicks, T.
Dimick, W. C.
Duff, Miss L.
Duff, Mr. R.
Duff, Mrs. E.
Duff, Mrs. R.
Duncan, P.
Duvall, P.
Duvall. E.
Dyer, S.
Edendale, T.
Fitzenbergh, J.
Folde (Foide ), A.
Ford, F. P.
Ford, J. K., and lady
Forest, E.
Fountain, C.
Fowler, H.
Fox, Mrs. E.
Freeman, Miss
Fuller, C.
Garret, Mrs. C.
Gibbs, E. B.
Gleasan, T.
Gleeson, Mrs.
Gowland, P.
Griswald, W. C., and lady
Groves, G.
Guessner, S.
Gurley, J.
Hale, H.
Hale, S., and lady
Haley, Mrs.
Hanns, Mrs.
Hastings, W.
Hathway, R. S.
Haynes, E. L., and lady
Heath, A.
Hefferman, C., lady, 2 children and servant
Heffmire, J. M.
Hempled, M.
Henriot, Mrs. P.
Henry, Mrs.
Henry, P., lady and child
Herbert, B. E.
Hoagland, Mrs. Clara A.
Hoarling, G.
Holden, E. S.
Huntley, J. G.
Hyler, Mrs.
Hyler, R,
Isaacs, A., and brothers
Ives, P. T.
Jones, J. S.
Kaufman, J.
Kimbbal (Kimbal ), Mrs., and child
Larmin (Lurmin ), Mrs., and 3 children
Lavender, M., and lady
Lawson, Miss
Lawson, P. L.
Layrus, A.
Lee, Mrs. J. E.
Lenoir, Mrs. M., and 3 children
Levin, Mr., and lady
Levis, H.
Long, H.
Love, Mrs. M. A., and child
Maloney, J. E.
Martin, H.
Martin, M.
McColum, J. G.
McGrand, Mrs.
McGurly, S.
McHain, J. W.
Mills, John
Mitchell, John
Moore, A. T.
Morgan, M.
Morton, Mrs. J. B.
Mowatt, Miss
Mowatt, Mr.
Mowatt, Mrs.
Mowatt, W.
Myers, J.
Newhert, J. T.
Newman, J.
Nugent, P.
O Brien, Miss A.
Palmer, Mrs.
Park, T.
Patrick, L. D.
Patterson, W. F.
Peck, J. B.
Peck, J. S.
Porter, R.
Pratt, J. T.
Preuss, J., and son
Pruenal, C.
Ranch, J.
Redding, F.
Reede, F.
Reynolds, E. B.
Reynolds, J. S.
Ricketts, Mrs., 2 children and servant
Riley, C. C.
Ring (King ), Mrs. L.
Robinson, John, lady and 2 children
Robinson, Miss
Robinson, Mrs., and 2 children
Rodgers, Mrs. P. E. T.
Rotchild, Miss R.
Ryder, C.
Ryder, Mr., and lady
Sanburn, J. T.
Schroer, Mrs., and child
Scribner, J.
Seaman, B.
Sigal, Mrs.
Smith, D. W.
Smith, L.
Smith, Miss L.
Somers, C.
Stevens, W.
Stewart, R. W.
Stone, L. K.
Sutro, E.
Sutto, Miss (This might be a typographical error -- possibly Sutro)
Sycle, L.
Tatterson, F. W.
Toneban, Mrs. S., and child
Tracy, Judge, lady , 4 children and servant
Turner, C.
Tyler, G. W.
Tyler, J. M.
Valentine, W. H.
Wait, M.
Wall, T.
Walton, Mrs.
Ward, J.
Wasler, D.
Weeks, E.
Welsh, Mr., lady and 2 children
Wheelock, Mrs., and child
White, Jas., and lady
White, Miss C.
Whitman, V., and lady
Wight, Mrs. E.
Wilkinson, Mrs. and 4 children
Wilson, Mr.
Wolf, R.
Wolf, W., and lady
Wolley, L. N.
Wright, W.
Young, Robert
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