Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s


Around the Horn in the 1800s.

SS Union

Arrive San Francisco

April June 16, 1851
Captain James Marks
From Panama 26 days via Acapulco, San Diego and Monterey. 225 passengers. 

June 27, 1851, Daily Alta California, San Francisco

ARRIVAL OF THE UNION. -- The steamship Union, Captain Marks, arrived yesterday morning from Panama, whence she sailed on the 31st. ult.

Head winds, stoppages at intermediate ports and some necessary repairs to her machinery, hve detained her longer than was expected on her trip.

She brought up 215 passengers, most of them from Panama. Among the last we notice quite a number of married ladies and several children.


To J. Haven & Co.


June 17, 1851, Daily Alta California, San Francisco

Passengers by the SS Union, June 16, 1851.

Historic California

A Tour of Duty in California 1849.

A Tour Of Duty In California: Including A Description Of The Gold Region And The Voyage Around Cape HornCalifornia 1849. A Tour of Duty.

An Important Work on the California Gold Rush and Gold Regions Of California in 1849. The book ranks among the concise and comprehensive book of the time. The author's official capacity, and the favorable circumstance, of his approach to the “El Dorado,”together with an apparent accurate understanding of the matter, make his book exceedingly valuable to those who wish as it were a personal introduction to men and things in that remarkable region. –– From the 1849 United States Magazine and Democratic Review.

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