Passengers at the Port of San Francisco: 1800s

SS John L. Stephens

Arrive San Francisco

April 3, 1854
SS John L. Stephens
R. L. Pearson, Esq., Commander
From Panama


The splendid P.M. steamer John L. Stephens, R.L. Pearson, Esq., commander, was telegraphed immediately after the arrival of the Sierra Nevada, bringing two days later news from the Atlantic States and from Europe.

Arrival of the John L.Stephens April 1854.The Stephens brought up the great U.S. mail of the 6th of March, and about 1,000 passengers, among whom are a number of distinguished artistes.

Miss Catherine Hayes, Miss Laura Keene, the Sisters Denin, and the wonderful Bateman Children. A number of old Californians are also among the list.

We are very much indebted to Geo. E. Goddard, Esq., Purser, for his attentions, and also to Capt. Pearson.


Pacific Mail steamship John L. Stephens, R.H. Pearson, Esq., commander, left Panama with the U.S. mails of March 6th, from New York, and 7th from New Orleans, and 993 passengers (of whom 109 are women and 51 children) on Sunday, March 19th, at 10 o'clock, P.M.

Steamship El Primero, Capt. Smith, was to leave next day, on her second voyage to Centra American ports.

The dry season still continues, and the roads are in fine traveling condition. The passengers, mails and specie, hence by the Stephens 1st of March, crossed the Isthmus, from ocean to ocean in eight hours. The health of the Isthmus continues excellent, no sickness occuring amont passengers, going or coming.

24th, at 6 P.M. saw the lights of a steamer, boiund down.

25th, 7:30 A.M., passed the harbor of Acapulco

Since passing Cape St. Lucas has encountered strong gales from N.W., with very head sea.


Passengers on the John L. Stephens April 4 1854.

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