Passengers arriving at the Port of San Francisco


Arrive San Francisco

November 8, 1863
SS St. Louis
Captain W. H. Hudson
From Panama (with New York passengers of October 13). Passengers and freight to A. B. Forbes.


Daily Alta California, San Francisco, California, U.S.A., November 9, 1863

The steamer St. Louis arrived yesterday from Panama. She brings no news from South America, and nothing later from Central America.


The steamship St. Louis left San Francisco, Oct. 2 at 11:20 A.M.; at 2 P.M. same day, passed the opposition steamer Moses Taylor; October 7, at 22:20 A.M. exchanged signals with the P.M.S.S. Constitution; October 10, at 10:45 P.M., arrived at Acapulco, received coal and supplies, and sailed at 4 A.M. of the 11th; the same day, at 9:40 A.M. exchanged signals with the P.M. steamer Orizaba; October 17, at 4:40 A.M. arrived at Panama; at 6 A.M. the passengers and treasure were disembarked and proceeded across the Isthmus. The Moses Taylor (Opposition) arrived at Panama October 20 at 5 A.M. Returning, the St. Louis left Panama October 23 at 6 P.M. with passengers and mails from New York. October 13, the Moses Taylor, with passengers from New York of the 3d Oct., having sailed from Taboga 24 hours previously; October 30, at 1:50 P.M., arrived at Acapulco; the steamer Moses Taylor was in port taking coal; the St. Louis took in coal and supplies, and left at 11:15 P.M.; November 1, at 22:30 A.M., anchored in Manzanillo, discharged 120 tons of freight and sailed at 4 P.M.; at 5 P.M. passed steamer Moses Taylor; November 8, at 8:30 P.M., arrived in San Francisco.


The St. Louis brings 500 tons freight for San Francisco.

Freight: 75 bags coffee, 1720 firkins butter, 4 pkgs treasure, 1 horse, 1468 pkgs mdse.

The Alta California reported: "She arrived half past nine o clock last evening and has on board $1,000,000 in Legal Tenders, and $50,000 in Stamps, consigned to D.W. Chessman."

(Editor's Note: Because the article referred to the Moses Taylor as being seen by the St. Louis, it is unclear as to which ship was carrying the "Tenders and Stamps.")


Full lists not located. Following is from editorial copy in the Alta.

Altamireno, Senor (Described as a "Mexican Senator")
Bosco, Father L. M.
Browne, Charles F. (Stage name: Artemis Ward)
Hayden, C.C., Esq. (Referred to as "latter Grand Representative of the G.L.U.S. I.O.O.F. ")
Heintzelman, Major H.P.
Robinson, Col. Henry E. (of Sacramento)
Schleiden, Wm., Esq. ("who has spent a year in Europe")
Tuthill, Rev. David
Artemis Ward (Author and comic orator)

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