The Port of San Francisco: 1800s


Arrive San Francisco

July 1, 1854
SS Yankee Blade
Captain Randall
From Panama


Daily Alta California, July 2, 1854

Arrival of the Yankee Blade.

The Independent Steamship Yankee Blade, Capt. Randall, arrived yesterday afternoon from Panama, with 400 passengers, and Express freight of Adams &. Co. and Wells, Fargo &. Co.

We are under obligations to Mr. Vought, Purser, for a neat and legibly written list of passengers and memoranda. We received by way of New Orleans, by telegraph from New York, six days later from Europe, the points of which we publish below.


The Yankee Blade sailed from San Francisco June 1st at 6 o'clock P.M. and passed the Sierra Nevada bound for San Juan, the same night at 11 o'clock. The John L. Stephens, starting about 80 minutes after us, kept in compayy nearly 70 hours, when we lost sight of her on the starboard beam. On the 4th, owing to a derangement of the force pump, we ran 14 hours with only one boiler. On the 10th, made the J. L. Stephens off the larboard bow, passed and lost sight of her the same night, and arrived at Panama at 2-1/2 o'clock the morning of the 14th, enabling our passengers to reach Aspinwall the name day, being but 11 miles mule travel on the Isthmus. Sailed from Panama on the 17th at 9-1/2 P.M., with 400 passengers, and Wells Fargo & Co.'s and Adams & Co.'s Expresses. Encountered severe head winds nearly all the way, and arrived at San Francisco July 1st, 5-1/2 P.M.



Arrival of the Yankee Blade 1 July 1854.

Mrs. Connell
E. W. Perrsin
S. Allen and lady
J. McFarland and lady
G. W. McFarland
W. Stimpson
A. Hazierigg
R. Baker
C. P. Ellis
G. M. Monegia
O. Moody
G. Klock
R. C. Andrews
T. Story
Mrs. Finegan
Miss Suttro
G. H. Camp
C. W. Butler
Mrs. F. Thayer
Miss Pride
Mrs. Ragler and child
Wm. Pride and lady
S. Jackson
W. H. Borland
Thos Loyd
A. Barton
L. H. Snead
R. E. Greely
M. Shew
T. Hm Ambrose
Miss M. A. Merrill
Mrs. A. M. Shew
Miss McGowen
M. G. S. Baldwin
Mrs. E. J. Davis and two children
J. H. Van Reed and lady
J. Belvill and lady
J. Beckett
J. Peters
C. Peters
P. W. Tracy
J. Howard
J. Flanagan
P. C. Pigelow
E. Mooney and two children
Miss Moore
M. Rainey and two children
T. Kelley
W. Wogan
M. Tarbett and lady
N. R. Piper
W. Rutter
J. O'Brien
J. Ling
L. Payne
J. McLeod
H. Lamb
W. Holmes
H. Crandell
T. A. Monkhouse
J. W. Anderson
Thomas Brown and lady
E. Moody
Mr. Teal
Mr. Curtis
Mr. Murray
W. Cook
W. Barker and lady
A. Savage
Moses Hoyt
J. C. Cox
Jose Dios
Mrs. E. A. Wright
G. H. Spencer
Mrs. M. Stewart and chidl
Mrs. Knowlton
J. M. Daniels and lady
J. M. Howell
C. Pearl
S. P. Read
A. Keiser
J. R. Brown
D. Vancleaf
E. C. Angell
G. P. Kingley
J. B. Barlow
G. C. Fountain
Capt. Graham, U.S.A.
E. B. Hooper and lady
Mary E. Mann
Mrs. G. Brokins
B. E. Mann
O. Greer
Mrs. Hanners
R. Helm
W. W. Brainhard
C ( ) Hendee
H. J. Roty (or H. J. Rory)
J. S. Knowlton
R. McCoy
A. G. Jones
W. Salmon
J. Talbot
W. B. Robinson
B. P. Green
M. McCaffrey
P. S. Colby
Mrs. Chatterson adn 3 chidlren
S. R. Godfrey
J. A. Post
J. A. Graham
B. W. Hathaway
M. M. Howe
J. A. Nunes
C. H. Harrington
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