Vessels at the Port San Francisco: 1800s

John L. Stephens

Arrive San Francisco

October 2, 1854
SS John L. Stephens and SS Pacific

Captains: Stephens: R. H. Pearson; Pacific: Captain Seabury
From San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua


October 2, 1854, Daily Alta California, San Francisco

John L. Stephens and Pacific

Steamboat Explosion.
European Affairs

The P. M. steamship John L. Stephens, Capt. Pearson, and the Nicaragua steamship Pacific, Capt. Seabury, arrived this morning, at about one o’clock. The Stephens was telegraphed about half an hour before the Pacific. The former brings the mails and passengers which left New York on the 5th of September.

The Stephens brings upwards of 700 passengers, and the Pacific is full to overflowing.
We are indebted to Purser Knight for his attentions to this office.

Our dates from New York via New Orleans are to the 6th, New Orleans to the 7th, and Liverpool to the 23rd of August.

The Uncle Sam was to have left Panama on the same day for Juan.

The New York Tribune mentions a report that Com. Vanderbilt has sold to the Panama Company all his interest in the California route, and that the Nicaragua and Panama companies have concluded an arrangement by which they raise their respective fares to a remunerative point.

The Stephens brought up all the Uncle Sam’s passengers.

The steamer North Star has gone into the Mail Line.
George H. Blake, well known in this city, and member of the State Legislature, died of apoplexy at Waterford, New York, on the 27th of August.

It is stated that Senor Marcoletta has modified his reclamation for the bombardment of Greytown, to indemnity for the property of Nicaragua citizens destroyed. Americans and foreign claimants will be referred to the mosquito King for indemnity.

The order of arrest of Capt. Hollins was granted by Judge Oakley, of the Superior Court, New York. The damages are laid at $14,000. The amount of bail given by Capt. Hollins was $20,000.

An actress of some celebrity on the Boulevards, Mlle. Helen Gaussen, died lately on the passage from Havre to San Francisco.

Beverly C. Saunders had arrived at New York from Europe.

The frigate Independence has been put in commission and would leave Brooklyn for the Pacific immediately.
There were one hundred and eighty-seven deaths of yellow fever in New Orleans during the week ending last August. The disease was slowly increasing, and confined itself chiefly to the emigrant population.

Charles Preuss, who was connected with Colonel Fremont’s explorations, committed suicide near Washington City by hanging.

The total number of deaths in New York, week ending Sept. 3rd, was 822, and of these 516 were under 10 years of age, and 110 inmates of the public institutions.

The deaths in Philadelphia, for the week, were three hundred and one; of cholera, twenty-three, which is fifteen less than last week.

The Mobile papers say that the new steamship Norris will be put on the line between that port and New York.

The steamer Timour No. 2 at Edward’s Yard, near Jefferson City, Missouri, exploded her boiler, scattering death and destruction around, and leaving the boat a total wreck. At the last accounts six persons were lying on the shore dead, and it was supposed that 15 or 16 others were thrown overboard and drowned.

Tornado at Louisville Terrible Destruction of Life and Property.

A tornado of unexampled violence passed over Louisville, Ky., during church hours on the 27th ult. The congregation of the Presbyterian church, but newly erected, were engaged in their devotions when the blast prostrated the edifice, burying the hapless inmates beneath the ruins. Twenty-two dead bodies had been recovered up to the last accounts, mostly those of women and children. A large number were dangerously wounded, several of whom died shortly after being rescued. More than one hundred buildings, many of costly construction, were damaged, and the number of killed and wounded will doubtless be large. Several steamboats are also reported as having been destroyed.

Memoranda of the Pacific.

Left San Francisco the 1st of September, at 10 ’ o’clock, A. M., with 350 passengers. Off Cuos Island encountered a heavy gale from the S. E., which lasted 43 hours. Anchored at San Juan on the 14th, at 7 o’clock, A. M. Left San Juan on the 19th, at 4 P.M., with 533 passengers, of which 132 are ladies and 103 are children. Stopped 2 hours at Cape St. Lucos for water and provisions. Our passengers on the down trip crossed over in 30 hours. The river is high, the road in excellent order, and not a single case of sickness on the Isthmus. Experienced a succession of N. W. gales from the time we left cape St. Lucas. In port at Salinas Bay, Am. ship Java and barque Hurricane.

Memoranda of John L Stephens.

Down Trip -- P. M. S. S. Co.’s steamship John L. Stephens, R. H. Pearson, Esq., Commander, left San Francisco Sept. 1st, at 5 ’ AS. M. with 6( )0 passengers, mails and treasure, for Panama. Sept. 5th and 6th, experienced a very severe gale of wind from S. E., which lasted 48 hours. Arrived at Acapulco 9th inst., at 2 A. M.; left same day at 2 P. M. Arrived at Panama at 12 midnight, 14th inst.

Independent Line steamship Uncle Sam, having gone through direct, arrived at Panama Sept. 15th at 8 P.M. Was getting under way for San Juan when the Stephens left. \

Up Trip, The John L. Stephens left Panama for San Francisco Sept. 18th, at 5 P.M., with 700 passengers. Arrived at Acapulco 24th at 2 A. M.; left same day at 4 P.M.; detained 14 hours. Sept. 24th, at 5 P.M., 12 miles north of Acapulco, spoke steamship Panama, bound down ’ all well on board. Three hours after speaking the Panama, met steamship Sierra Nevada, bound down. Arrived at San Francisco Oct. 1st, at 12 midnight. Running time, 12 days 17 hours.

The Stephens, in her last voyage, has carried 1360 passengers; has had no sickness or a death on board since leaving San Francisco. The Isthmus is perfectly free from sickness of any kind. The reads are in fine order. The mule ride from Panama to the Summit Station is accomplished with ease in three hours. The passengers, mails and treasure by the Stephens all crossed the Isthmus in ten hours. The Isthmus Guard, under command of Ran Runnels, has accomplished wonders in freeing the country from robbers and rascals, and passengers can cross the Isthmus of Panama "without risk to life or purse."

The George Law made very bad weather, and made an unusually long passage, thus detaining the Stephens at Panama four days.

The Stephens brings an unusually large amount of cabin passengers ’ 156 ladies and 96 children.

Oct. 1st, 5 P. M., saw a steamship standing north, supposed to be the Pacific; at 11 o’clock, passed the Pacific. -- J. D. Knight, Purser

Passengers by SS Pacific

Abram, Misses
Baker, Mrs. J. C.
Banan, Mrs. and infant
Beckford, Geo. W., (Adams & Co.’s Messenger)
Beneder, Miss M. A.
Bennett, Mrs. C.
Bernard, Miss
Bond, Miss E.
Bowers, Miss J.
Boyle, Thos.
Burnham, Geo. C.
Carpenter, D.
Carter, Johd (Joho ) T.
Chester, Geo. B.
Coombs, C.
Cox, Miss
Crocker, E.
Culver, C. R.
Delap, L.
DeSulla, Mrs., and four children
Dignan, Miss M.
Driefus, Edward
Drummond,, Mrs. and two children
Duard, M.
Duffy, Mrs. E., and infant
Duke, D.
Earle, Geo.
Earle, Jas.
Earle, Sam’l.
Ewait, Mrs. and infant
Ewell, L. J., wife and 3 children and servant
Farrell, Mrs. A. E., and child
Farren, John
Frank, J., wife, 3 children and servant (may be Wells, Fargo & Co. messenger.
Freisenhasen, Mrs. J., and infant
Giller, Mrs. W., 2 children and servant
Goldsmith, Mrs. J., and three children
Goodhall, T. H.
Grant, E. C.
Griffiths, Thos.
Grover, Jas. M.
Hacking, J. H.
Hanes, D. D.
Hanon, Miss Lucy A.
Hanon, S. V.
Hanon, Wm. M.
Hoagland, Mrs. D., and 3 children
Homer, Wm., and wife
Hont, Mrs. G. K.
Howard, W. J.
Howland, Miss E. and C.
Huges, M. L., and two children
Hyde, John
Jones, D. W.
Kane, Miss Johanna
Keeling, Miss Martha
Kelly, Daniel
King, Mrs. M. L., and Miss
King, Mrs. R. S. and two children
Kochus, De. R.
Koppel, Miss H.
Lane, O. Z.
Lanegan, Miss and Mrs. and child
Ludlam, A., wife and three children
Marsh, Mrs. R.
Martin, Capt. O. K.
McAlister, J. H.
McCafferty, Mrs.
McElroy Miss S. E.
MClaressy, Mrs. J.
Minor, Miss A.
Mintz, Mrs. A., and child
Mitchell, Liss (Miss ) Jenny
Morgan, Capt. And son
Morgan, Miss Mary L.
Munford, F. S.
Murphy, Jerry
Newelar, Mrs. E., and child
Packard, L. C.
Paxon, Miss F.
Perry, Jr., Mr.
Perry, Mr.
Perslaker (Peralaker ), Mrs. J., and infant
Phie, Mrs.
Phillips, R. B. and wife
Poule, Mrs. J.
Powell, Jr., A., wife and two children
Putnam, P. H.
Raim, Mrs. C. and infant
Reed, C. H.
Reed, Mrs. Jos. and two children
Richards, Calvin
Richards, Jr., F.
Seavy, Robt.
Semour, Miss M.
Silverton, Mrs. H., two children and servant
Smith, W. H.
Socaer (Socker ), Miss Mary J.
Sprague, J., wife, daughter and servant
Spring, F. S.
Stephenson, James
Sullivan, Mrs. J., and child
Sullivan, Mrs. Mary and infant
Swead, H. R.
Sylvester, E., and wife
Taber (Tabor ), Mrs. and infant
Thompson, C. M., wife and infant
Thurston, Mrs. M.
Ustick, E., and wife
Valeke, Mrs. M.
Wallace, Jas. And Miss M.
Weeks, S. R., and wife
Wenale, wife and three children
Whally, C.
Wheeler, Rev. O. C.
Wheeler, Rev. S. S., wife, five children and servan.
Whitney, Wm. K. and Jas. D.
262 in steerage

Passengers by the John L. Stephens

Allen, S. H.
Ammon, G.
Anderson, J.
Anderson, Mrs.
Anderson, Mrs. J.
Anthony, E. wife, child and servan.
Anthony, O. V.
Babb, Miss F.
Bagley, O. P.
Baker, Mrs.
Baker, Mrs. A.
Baker, Mrs. and two childre.
Bann (Bash ), L., wife and servan.
Barker, W.
Barnett, Mrs. and so.
Barnsdale, M.
Barron, W. H.
Basher (Basber ), J.
Batter, Mrs.
Bennett, Mrs.
Bennie ( ), E.
Berwin, M. Marcie, C.
Best, J.
Blain, Dr.
Bloomneld (Bloomfield ), E. and brothe.
Bowen, J.
Branthem, D., and wif.
Breck, P. D.
Brentham, A.
Brentham, D.
Brentham, D. and wif.
Brigac, M. and lad.
Brougham, Mrs. E.
Buchanan, C.
Buchanan, J. F.
Burk, B., and wif.
Burkhardt, W. C.
Campbell, Mrs., Miss and chil.
Carpenter, Mis.
Carpenter, Mis.
Case, J.
Castener, J. C.
Chase, G. (C. ) Clark, Miss Maria
Clark, T. W.
Clarke, J. and wife
Cleaveland, Mrs.
Coffin, A. G., lady, servant and child
Connell, S. W.
Cooper, S.
Cratchley, H.
Cratchley, Miss E.
Cutting, W. B.
Davis, D. T.
Deitz, E. N.
Deitz, G. F.
Dingley, Mrs., and two children
Dodge, M.
Dodge, Miss L. N.
Donohue, Danl.
Dorr, Wm. H.
Dougner (Dousner ), G.
Dreger, Miss
Drey, F.
Drummond, R. S.
Dubrigne, S.
Dungem, W. H.
Easton, G. A. and sister
Eldridge, H. P.
Featherby, H.
Feiston, Mrs.
Ferguson, D. H., wife and three children and servant
Finehart, L.
Fish, Miss M.
Fiske, F. S.
Forbes, Jas., senr.
Forbes, Miss Mary
Forbes, Mrs. M. A.
Pierson, H.
George, Mrs. and son
Getzman, Miss
Getzmen, T.
Gliver, W. B.
Goddington, W. H.
Goldman, J.
Graham, F.
Graves, Quartermaster
Green, Miss E. O.
Griggs, G.
Guffrey, C. H.
Haggerty, Capt.
Halsey, Wm.
Hamilton, Miss
Hamilton, Mrs., and two children
Hanes, Mrs. and son
Hansler, Wm.
Harcum, J. E.
Harrison, C. M.
Heald, J. and lady
Heyer, G.
Hickey, J. D.
Holman, H.
Hope, G. W.
Hoster, Mrs., and child
Howard, Miss C.
Howard, Miss Fanny
Howland, C.
Hubbell, C. P.
Hughes, Miss B.
Hunt, S. B.
Janes, Mrs. S. R. and child
Jennings, D. A.
Joge, P.
Johnson, John
Jones, E. F.
Kahn, V.
Kelly, O. M., and wife
Knight, G. F.
Knox, Miss J.
Knox, Miss S. C.
Lee, S. H.
Lehn, Mrs. M. A.
Lenthier, J.
Levin, A.
Libby, J.
Lindley, B. C.
Lindsey, B. S.
Lindsey, G.
Lisie ( ), N. A.
Livingston, Mrs.
Loomis, W. A.
Lott, C. F.
Lovell, Miss
Luther, Wm.
Lutz, Miss
Manchester, Mrs.
Mansfield, Mrs., sister and three children
Marcia, W.
McGard (McGurd ), Miss S.
McIntosh, H.
McReynolds, Rev. W.
Miles, Wm.
Miller, Fredk.
Mills, B., wife and child
Moffatt, B. and sister
Moore, Mrs. R. C. and two children
Moran, Mrs. and three children
Morgan, Capt.
Morton, E. H.
Naples, S. M.
Northam, Edwd. F.
Nugent, Miss
Ogden, D. A.
Oliver, Mrs.
Opdyke, H. D.
Palmer, H.
Palmer, W.
Parker, D.
Parker, J. T.
Patridge, H. O.
Payne, J. P.
Phelps, J. B.
Phillippe, Mr. and Mrs.
Pingham, Mrs. P.
Plerffer, J.
Potter, C.
Power, J. F., lady and servant
Prentiss, H. M.
Preston, A. B.
Princenott, M. N.
Quimby, Miss J.
Reamer, Geo. W.
Reed, Mrs. M
Rhum (Raum ), W. B.
Rice, A. D.
Rice, Mrs. and child
Rich, A.
Rich, H.M.
Roge, Mrs. M., and son
Russell, E., wife and 3 children
Salcom, Mrs. L.
Sanders, R.
Sawyer, Mrs. L.
Sawyer, W. H.
Scholl, C. F.
Schuyler, M. and lady
Scott, H. D.
Scott, Mrs. and child
Scranton, C. E.
Sean, S.
Severence, S.
Shan, E. B.
Shanklin, J., wife and child
Shephard, W.
Sine (Stine ), Mr.
Skinner, Mrs. G. S.
Slocum, H. G.
Smith, J.
Smith, T. L.
Speer, J. L.
Staunch, N.
Stearns, Chas. O.
Steingfield ( ), P.
Stephens, J.
Stevens, R. I.
Stone, W. W.
Susker (Sucker), Mrs. E.
Swain, O. C.
Taylor, C.
Teal, L.
Teal, W.
Tighman, Miss
Tracy, Mr.
Tuttle, Miss S. F.
Tyler, Miss Jenny
Wade, C.
Walcott, A.
Walcott, G.
Walcott, S.
Washburn, C.
Watson, J. W.
Webster, Mrs. R. M. and daughter
Wentman, W.
Weston, Auguste
Williams, R.
Willis, Miss
Wilson, A. J.
Wilson, A. T. wife and servant
Wilson, J. M.
Wilson, O. H. and sister
Winchester, J.
Wise, C. J.
Woodbury, Miss Helen
Woods, Geo.
Woods, Miss S.
Woods, Mrs. N.
Wright, A.
Yulee, J.
Yulee, J. M.
450 in steerage

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