Passenger Lists: San Francisco 1800s

SS Winfield Scott

Arrive San Francisco

May 1, 1852
Kenney Couillard, Commander
From Panama


May 1, 1852, Daily Alta California, San Francisco

Capture of Quyaquill by Gen. Flores

The magnificent Independent steamer Winfield Scott, consigned to Macondray & Co., entered our harbor a little before one o'clock this morning, after a short passage of fourteen days from Panama. She arrived at Acapulco in six days and has been eight days from that port to this. Had she not experienced head winds and very heavy weather, she would have accomplished the passage mach quicker. Her officers Kenney Couillard, Commander; Samuel Parry, Engineer; Edward K. Shed, Puser; Walter G. Smith, Ass't Purser; John W. Busterd, Surgeon; H. I. Tompkins, 1st officer.

We thank Capt. Couillard for stopping his steamer in the lower bay to permit our marine reporter to come on board. And we also tender our acknowledgments to Purser E. K. Shed, for a list of passengers and late papers and correspondence.

The Winfield Scott brings some 700 passengers, and one day's later intelligence from the Atlantic States . . . We have three days later news from Europe, by this arrival, but there is no intelligence of moment.

We are indebted to Adams & Co. for a file of Panama papers, with dates to the 10th inst. The local news is unimportant. The Herald says of the emigration, that "the tide has turned, and our streets which of late have been crowded with passengers are comparatively deserted."

The Star says that much attention is turned towards the Choco gold mines by strangers.

Mr. Flint has been removed from the agency of the P. M. S. Co., in Panama, and Mr. Oliver Ellsworth reinstated.

From the Panama Herald, April 6

Further and Highly Important from the South. The Movement of Gen. Flores. Seizure of an American Whaleship and Murder of the Captain and Crew. Capture of two Schooners of the Flores Party and Murder of all on board.

In addition to the news we published on Friday from the South, which was received by the British mail steamer Lima, we learn that Gen. Flores had advanced with his. fleet of one steamer and three sailing vessels as far as Tumbez, toward Guyaquil, and that it was supposed be would reach the latter place by the 3d or 4th inst. The greatest excitement prevailed at Gayaqui and a Swedish frigate had been stationed at the mouth of the river to prevent vessels entering without proper papers. The Lima on entering the river, at night, was mistaken for one Flores' vessels and was fired at five times, but fortunately without effect.

At Lima the impression prevailed generally that the expedition of Flores would be successful, but at Guayaquil the most sanguine expectations of its defeat were entertained.

The Star has private advices stating that the Ecuadorian convicts stationed at the Galapagos Islands had seized an American whaleship and murdered the captain and crew. They then proceeded towards Guayaquil, with the "intention of opposing Flores, and gaining the pardon of their Government for doing so." The party fell in with two schooners belonging to Flores, and having seized them, murdered those on board in a most brutal manner, including the nephew and son-in-law of Gen. Flores. On one of the vessels they cut the throats of twenty-three men, from ear to ear.

The whaleship was afterwards taken possession of by the Swedish frigate, and the convicts on board placed in irons. At last accounts, the vessel was at anchor in the Gu yaquil river, along-side the Swedish frigate.

The American ship Lyons, Captain Davis, had sailed from Valparaiso with three hundred and fifty men, and large supplies ef ammunition, &c, to join the Flores expedition at Guyaquil.

Tlie American sloop of-war Portsmouth, and fifty-gun-ship St. Lawrence, had arrived the United States. The latter had orders to sail for this port on the 1st of April.

The Seaman's Bride was passed by the Winfield Scott, eight hundred miles this side of Valparaiso, bound for California, with total loss of masts and spare, and jurymasts rigged.

In the Star of the 10th, we find the following interesting intelligence from Equador . . . Capt. Lewis learned that General Flores had succeeded in entering the Guayaquil river, with the British steamer Chile and the brig-of-war Almiranti Blanco, and another brig-of-war, name unknown. . . The majority of the force belonging to Flores was composed of Europeans and Peruvians, and it is now generally supposed that Flores has not only been succored but actually been sent by the Peruvian government to seize Ecuador and annex it to that Republic. Flores, it is said, will now be appointed Vice President of Peru...

We have do further intelligence af the convicts who captured the American whaler off the Galapagos Islands, and afterwards murdered the relations and followers of Flores; but we presume they have already suffered their deserts.

May 1, 1852, Daily Alta California, San Francisco

Steamship Winfield Scott on Fire!

Yesterday morning at 8 o'clock a dense smoke was discovered issuing from the main hatch of the new steamship Winfield Scott, now lying on the south side of Long Wharf. The cry of fire was raised, the alarm bells sounded, and in a moment thousands of citizens were hurrying to that portion of the city. The fire, which had now fairly caught, blazed several feet above the deck of the steamer, and for a few moments the destruction of this noble vessel seemed inevitable. A stream of water from the vessel was immediately turned upon the fire, but being of little force did not avail much in arresting the progress of the flames. A number of the Engine and Hook and Ladder and Ladder companies were with their usual promptness and alacrity immediately on the spot, and having plenty of water, soon deluded the vessel and extinguished the fire. There was quite a stiff breeze blowing at the time, from the West, and had not the fire been discovered at the time it was, no human efforts could have availed to extinguish it. The fire is supposed to have originated in the firemen's mess-room, but in a manner totally unaccountable to those on board. Three persons had been in the room, and had come up on deck to smoke their pipes, when in a few moments afterwards the alarm was given. The damage done to the vessel will probably not exceed $1000. The injuries received will not prevent her from sailing punctually at the hour advertised. In connection with the matter, we have been requested to insert the annexed:

The undersigned take great pleasure in offering their warmest thanks to the Firemen of San Francisco, for their exertions in extinguishing the flames on board the steamship Winfeld Scott this morning.

The promptitude with which they repaired to the spot is worthy Of all praise, and will increase the public feeling of confidence in those to whom the community looks for protection in the hour of danger. Signed.

K. Couillard, Commander
Macondray & Co., Agents

San Francisco, May 1st, 1852

ASSAULT.--Thomas H. Glare, agent for a hackney coach, persisted in remaining on board the Winfield Scott to get a passenger, contrary to the orders of the captain. Officer Blitz jerked him ashore, and they had a tussle. Fined $15. 


May 1, 1852, Daily Alta California, San Francisco

Watches and Jewelry

DIAMONDS -- One of the largest assortments of Diamonds ever received in this country was imported by J. W. Tucker, per steamer Winfield Scott, and will be sold cheap for cash. The public are invited to call and examine this find assortment, in Montgomery street, one door from the corner of Sacramento st.

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