Passengers arriving at the Port of San Francisco

SS Winfield Scott

Arrive San Francisco

June 15, 1852
SS Winfield Scott
Captain Kenny Couillard
14 days from Panama. 600 passengers; 85 ladies


June 16, 1852, Daily Alta California, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

Arrival of the Steamer Winfield Scott
Sir John Franklin's Ship Seen!

The magnificent steamer Winfield. Scott , Capt. Kenaillard. arrived yesterday afternoon, 14 days from Panama, with 600 passengers, and advices from the Atlantic to the 15th of May.

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The names of eighty-five ladies appear among the passengers, most of whom are in good health. Winfield Scott brings dates per steamer United States, 5 days later than the mail. The United States made the shortest passage ever made from New York to Navy Bay her time 7 days I5 hours . . .

The following is the memoranda of the Winfield Scott's trip: Left Panama May 29th, at 9 P. M. Arrived at Acapulco June 5th, at 10 A. M. Left Acapulco on the evening of the 7th. Encountered very heavy weather all the voyage. Steamer Northerner left Panama for San Francisco May 27th, with U.S. Mails. Capt, E. Knight and family are on board the Northerner. Steamer Columbus left Panama for San Francisco on the evening of 20th of May. Passed a steamer May 30th, off Point Malo, for Panama, Died at sea, Nelson Asten, of Springfield, Ms., dysentery; J. Costello, of Mobile, Ala.; both sick when they came board.

From Panama

Our files of Panama papers contain dates to the 30th of May last. We extract the following items of interest:

An Outrage. On Sunday the 23d of May, as a boatload of passengers were landing from the steamship Winfield Scott, a difficulty occurred between the natives and passengers which nearly resulted in the loss of life and a general row. The circumstances as told us, were about these: as the boat struck the shore, she was surrounded by natives, each eager to earn a few dimes by carrying baggage to the hotels; and in their efforts to obtain which, very little regard was paid to the owners wishes in fact, it was a perfect scramble between the two parties, the one defending their baggage and the other endeavoring to obtain possession of it. A Mr. Perkins had a box of treasure which a persevering native seemed determined to get hold of.

After pushing him away two or three times, Mr. P. drew off and hit him a blow with his fist, which sent him reeling, while at the same time a fellow passenger, who was equally annoyed, drew a revolver and attempted to shoot one of his persecutors. Fortunately, or unfortunately, as the case may be judged by the reader, the pistol would not fire, although three caps were exploded. In the meantime the natives united, and hurled upon the beset passengers a perfect shower of stones, one of which hit Mr. Perkins on the side of the head, laid him senseless, and almost deprived him of life. Several persons were hit, but no other serious injury was sustained. Mr. P. was rescued from the crowd and carried to the private rooms of a friend, where his wounds were dressed, and on Sunday morning he was sufficiently recovered to proceed on his journey across the Isthmus. Star.

HEAVY LOSS.--On Saturday morning, when some of the passengers were landing from the steamer Columbia, as the boat in which they were came in reach of the native long-shore men, one of them grabbed a carpet bag containing $3,000 that was in the bow of the boat, and made tracks with it. Before he could be pursued by the owners, Mr. Alexander Bell, of New Jersey, he was out of sight. On Sunday Mr. B. got wind of the thief, and acting upon the information of some Jamaica boys who seemed to know something about the matter, he got the police to arrest a man who is said to be a notorious thief, living outside the city, and who, we are told, confesses to stealing the bag, but refuses to tell the whereabouts of the money. Mr. Bell had two or three promises from the plice that his money would be returned to him, but up to this candlelight writing, he has not had the pleasure of handling it. We suspect that what, between the original thief and those who may happen to have the handling of any that may be recovered, Mr. Bell's share of the $3,000 will be quite small. --Ib.


Passengers by the SS Winfield Scott, June 15, 1852.
June 16, 1852, Daily Alta California, San Francisco, California

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