Passengers at the Port of San Francisco: 1800s

SS St. Louis

Arrive San Francisco

July 9, 1863, 11 AM
SS St. Louis
Captain Wm. H. Hudson
15 days 17 hours from Panama


Daily Alta California, July 10, 1863, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

The Pacific Mail Company steamer St. Louis, Wm. H. Hudson, Commander, from Panama June 23d, arrived in San Francisco July 9th, at 11 A.M. (with the New York passengers of June 18th).


The St. Louis left San Francisco, June 3d, at 12:30 P.M.; June 10th, at 5:15 P.M., passed steamer Orizaba bound up; the same day at 6:30 P.M., arrived at Acapulco, received supplies, coal and freight, and left June 11th at 12:30 A.M.; June 17th, at 11 A.M., arrived at Panama.

Across the Isthmus to California in 1852.

Returning, left Panama June 23d, at 6:30 P.M.; arrived at Acapulco June 29th, at 10:50 P.M. On arrival, very heavy squalls of wind and rain set in, preventing the ship coaling, and causing a detention of sixteen and a half hours. Received fresh supplies, and sailed at 2 P.M., June 30th; same day, at 11:30 P.M., passed the steamer Orizaba eighty-five miles west of Acapulco; July 1st, at 11:45 P.M., arrived at Manzanillo, received treasure, and left at 1:50 A.M. of the 2d; on the 3d, at 4 P.M., passed a barque thirty miles from Cape St. Lucas; July 5th, at 6:30 A.M., passed a schooner 120 miles from Cerros Island; arrived at San Francisco, July 9th, at 11 A.M.


Passengers and merchandise delivered to A. B. Forbes.

Panama, Camino del Cruiz. Old trade road.Old trade route across Panama.

Trade Route Across Panama prior to the Panama Canal.

READING MATTER - J. W. Sullivan has sent us the following late papers, periodicals, and magazines per steamer St. Louis: New York Herald, Tribune, Home Journal, World, Mercury, Sunday Times, Dispatch, Atlas, Louisville Journal, Missouri Republican, Baltimore Sun, Forney's Press, Wilkes' Spirit, Harper's Weekly, Leslie's Illustrated, N.Y. Illustrated News, Nick Nax, London Punch, Montreal Herald, London Times, Weekly Dispatch, Index, Boston Journal, London Illustrated News, Freeman's Journal, Willmer & Smith's Times, Illustrated Times, All the Year Round, Cornhill Magazine, St. James, Temple Bar, Chambers' Journal, Bon Ton, Ballou's Magazine, Once a Week, etc.

While her merchandise wasn't listed, the July 12 Alta had the following advertisement:

Monday, July 13
Place and Hours of the Day in future advertisements
On the Steamer St. Louis, and consigned to Ned Jellings.
This Reptile is
Live, and in good condition,
accompanied by diminutive of the same species,
who, from tail to snout, measures but ONE FOOT.


The passengers, arriving at San Francisco aboard the SS St. Louis on July 9, 11 A.M. or the Moses Taylor on July 12, 1863, left New York with through passage to San Francisco via Aspinwall and Nicaragua steamers SS America and SS Northern Light.

The Daily Alta California did not note which passengers actually made it through to San Francisco, or who may have disembarked enroute. Presumably the majority came through and arrived either on the St. Louis or the Moses Taylor.

July 10, 1863, Daily Alta California, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.


Some thirty of the Sisters of Charity from Montreal, L.C., arrived on the steamship St. Louis yesterday (Editor's Note: They are also mentioned in an article as arriving on the Moses Taylor):

Sister Catharine
Sister de Arimathie
Catholics of San Francisco. Sister del Enfant Jesus
Sister Emerentienne
Sister Enerancienine
Sister Euphemie
Sister Fredrich
Sister Hyacinth
Sister Isadore
Sister Kate Kirrs
Sister Lajove
Sister Marie Catharine
Sister Marie de Assize
Sister Marie de Sacre Coeur
Sister Marie Delacroix
Sister Marie des Auges Gardieres
Sister Marie des Sept Douleurs
Sister Marie Heduidge
Sister Marie Helene
Sister Marie Justine
Sister Marie Louis
Sister Marie Marie Praxede
Sister Marie Patrick
Sister Marie Romuald
Sister Marie Virginie
Sister Olivier
Sister Paul Miki
Sister Terese de Jesus
Sister Veronique du Crucifix

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