The Port of San Francisco: 1800s: 1800s


Arrive San Francisco

July 31, 1853
SS Sierra Nevada
Captain James H. Blethen
From San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua


Daily Alta California, San Francsico, Monday Morning, August 1, 1853


Later From the Atlantic

The steamship Sierra Nevada, Capt. Blethen, arrived yesterday afternoon from San Juan del Sur, bringing New York dates to the 5th, and New Orleans to the 7th of July.

Our files and packages were delivered by the express of Wells, Fargo & Co.

By this arrival, we have interesting intelligence from all parts of the States, Europe, the West Indies, & Co.

The Empire City arrived at New York from Havana on the 4th, with advices to the 29th of June. Count Carlisle had been thrown into prison on a charge of having been engaged in illegal correspondence with certain inhabitants of Jamaica. The allegation is that the Count, in connection with others, had loaded a vessel with arms and ammunition, which were destined for the use of the Jamaica negroes, who contemplated a revolt. Owing to a slight mistake on the part of the captain of the vessel, the secret was exposed, and the munitions of war were seized by the Spanish authorities. Through the intervention of Lord Clarendon, further proceedings in the Count’s case were suspended until information could be received from England.

The New York Herald published some important official documents relative to the question of jurisdiction over United States vessels in British ports, being the correspondence between Lords Malmesbury and Palmerston, the American Minister and others, concerning the attempted arrest of the chief mate of the steamship Hermann, by English policemen, while the vessel was lying in the roads of Southampton, in November last. We have commented upon this subject at considerably length in another article . . .

There have been more Anti-Rent outrages committed in New York . . .

A duel was fought between two German editors in New Orleans, and one of them, named Cohen, was mortally wounded.

Port San Francisco, August 1, 1853


Steamer Sierra Nevada, James H. Blethen, Commander, left San Francisco July 1st, arrived at San Juan in 11 days. Forward passengers, specie and independent mails by the Company’s splendid steamer Northern Light, for New York. Passengers report the transit route in excellent condition, 36 hours only being required from the Pacific to the Atlantic. Left San Juan July 19th, and arrived at this port in 11-1/2 days, having been at sea only 10 days. Passengers all healthy no deaths or sickness occurring since leaving New York or New Orleans. July 24th, 11 A.M., off Point Tejupan, passed steamer Brother Jonathan, with a large number of passengers, bound to San Juan. Inside of Point Ano Neuvo, saw fore and aft schooner, lying easy. No signals.


Delivered to C.K. Garrison


Abraham, D.
Abraham, M.
Acres, L.
Adolph, D., Wells, Fargo and Co Messenger
Anderson, L.F.
Appleton, D.S.
Appleton, J.M.
Arenias, P.W.
Armstrong, J.C.
Asheile, H.
Askey, J.
Ayres, J.
Bagley, J.R.
Bagley, R.T.
Bailey, J.M.
Bamey, Capt. L.
Bannister, H.
Barter, C.D.
Bartlett, F., lady and child
Bean, J.M.
Beck, John
Benjamin, A.A.
Benson, E.D.
Berch, J.
Beythen, Mr.
Blake, O.
Bond, Z.
Boothe, Nelson
Bowers, J.H.
Bowne, B.
Boyden, J.
Boyhns, E.
Brackett, J.D.
Branker, B. (Might be Branber or Branler)
Bridgeman, T.
Bridges, W.
Bridgman, J.M. (One may be a misspelling as Bridgeman and Bridgman are together on the list)
Bromley, J.
Brown, E.M.
Bryant, W.S.
Buchanan, S.E.
Burr, D.H.
Burr, R., Jr.
Campbell, Mrs., child and infant
Carpenter, L.G.
Carroll, Dr.
Catton, L.
Chamberlain, J.
Chapin, L.W.
Christie, G.H.
Circe, B. and servant
Clark, A.
Coats, M.B.
Coats, M.S.
Cole, W.
Colton, J.D.
Cousin, M.
Covert, B.C. (Might be R.C. Covert)
Cowen, J.
Crane, C.J.
Cronk, Sauders
Curry, D.S.
Cushing, Mr.
Davidson, W.H.
Davis, A.N.
Davis, J.
Davis, J.B.M.
Davis, W.
Deane, W.H.
Deeds, W.A.
Dickinson, H.
Dickinson, J.
Dickinson, J.
Dixon, J.B.W.
Doane, A.
Douglass, D.
Dow, C.W.
Duffey, Peter
Duley, M.W.
Dumfries, J.
Dunn, John
Dunning, E.
Dyer, C.
Earles, J.
Eaton, J.
Eaton, J.E.
Eberson, Curtis
Edmondson, B.B. (Might be Edmondsen)
Edwards, W.
Egbert, J.
Eley, E.
Ellis, T.A.
Fairchild, F.E.
Fairfax, S.
Faisey, J.
Fisher, C.
Fisher, C.A.
Fixary, Edward
Fletcher, J.
Flint, F.E.
Flint, J.W.
Francis, W.W.
Frank, Mrs. Julia
Freeman, W.J.
French, E.
Fuller, J.Q.S.
Gates, G.
Goddard, H.
Graham, J.W.
Grant, W.W.
Graves, H.T.
Gray, B.N.
Greenleaf, Mrs.
Griffhaven, J.A.
Griswold, Mrs.
Guard, R.W.
Gurnselus, Jno (Might be Gurnsalus)
Gusse, Wm
Hakes, A.
Hall, J.F.
Halsey, Miss
Halsey, Miss M.E.
Halsey, Mrs. W.R.
Harding, A.L.
Harkness, G.
Harlan, L.G.
Harlett, C.W.
Harrison, J.W.
Hart, J.P.
Heffner, George
Hendric, F.H.
Henry, A.
Henson, R.G.
Heslip, W.J. and lady
Hill, A.L.
Hillman, G.
Hine, J.A.
Hoffman, John
Houghton, F.A.
Howell, Mr.
Hughes, J.L.
Hughes, James
Hulderston, A.
Hume, D.
Huntingdon, G.
Hurd, G.W.
Hutchins, J.B.
Hutchinson, N.
Jacobs, J.S.
Jacobson, E.
Jacobson, F.
Jamieson, Eben
Jamieson, J.T.
Jaynes, J.R.
Jeffries, E.G.
Johnston, C.
Jones, John
Jourdon, Capt.
Judson, S.
Kane, F.F.
Kennon, J.W.
Keyes, J.
Kinney, W.
Kinsey, E.
Klise, J.
Knapp, F.
Laithe, Geo R.
Lastrate, Louis (Might be Lastrete)
Leaglia, A.
Leppelman, E.
Leslie, F.R.
Lewis, A.
Longsdell, J. (Might be Langsdell or Lengsdell)
Lum, A.S.
Macdonald, E.C.
Mack, A.J.
MacKenzie, R., wife and daughter
Maloy, J.
Manning, Mrs.
Marachiwatti, G.
Marsee, J.
Mason, Jno
May, Mrs. Mary
McCresy, J.
McFarlan, G.
McGiffin, L. (Might be McGiaffin)
McGinnis, Andrew
McGuire, Chas
McGuire, R.
McKay, J.T.
McKibben, J.C.
McNamara, Andrew
McPheelers, C.H.
Meadows, G.
Meadows, R.A.
Meeks, W.
Menges, A.
Merril, T.
Meyer, F.
Miller, Theo
Moffit, J.
Monde, F.
Moore, L.
Moran, Martin
Morgan, Andrew
Morse, A.B.
Mullins, J.
Munson, N.
Myers, Abram
Nelson, Mrs.
Newman, Saml
Nibleck, R.C.
O Donohue, Patk (Probably an abbreviation for Patrick)
O Neal, J.H. (Might be O Neall)
Ohlms, D.
Olyphant, J.M.
Openshaw, J.
Otis, P.
Ourden, J.P.
Paige, Calvin
Paige, T.
Parker, R.
Parkinson, W.H.
Patterson, B.
Payne, C.C.
Perry, C.E.
Peters, W.J.
Phillips, R.R.
Phyffer, P.
Pierce, H.B.
Polhemus, J.L.
Popper, D.
Porter, A.
Price, G.
Quimby, Mr.
Quimby, Mrs.
Raymond, A.
Rexroad, E.
Rhodes, Wm.
Rice, T.D.
Rickertson, Capt. B.
Rioton, T.H. (Might be Ricton)
Ripley, H.
Rivers, T.
Robertson, Mrs.
Robinson, G.M.
Robinson, Miss
Robinson, Miss R.H.
Rogers, O.
Rosenbaum, F.
Russell, G.J.
Sandford, A.
Sandford, B.R.
Schofield, James
Scraggs, Mrs. Julia E.
Shafer, D.
Shane, W.
Shelden, H.P., Adams & Co Messenger
Sheldon, R.
Shufeldt, John
Shumwap, S.W.
Sims, Robt
Smift, Miss E. (Possibly a typographical error. Her name follows A. Swift on the list)
Smith, C.
Smith, D.W.
Smith, J.
Smith, J.R.
Smith, William
Solomon, L.
Speere, S.S.
Stark, John
Steel, J.
Stein, S.
Stewart, P.
Stewart, P.
Stodden, J.
Stoors, J.T.
Stowe, A.W. (Might be Slowe)
Sutliff, J. (Might be Sutluff)
Swasey, G.B. (Swasey and Swazey were listed as noted herein)
Swazey, G.B.
Sweeney, Rev. J.A.
Swift, A.
Taylor, E.D.
Temosi, L.
Thomas, E.S.
Thomas, T.A.
Thompson, A.M.
Thompson, C.W.
Thompson, Miss
Thyen, J.H.
Tieveman, A.
Tool, J.H.
Trimble, W.D.
Truedell, P.
Twist, L. F. (First initial difficult to read)
Vail, W.D.
Vasant, J.
Wadham, W.L.
Wait, Chas
Wandell, B.B.
Warner, J.
Watkins, A.
Watson, D.
Weatherly, J.
Weaver, E.
Weeks, J.L.
Weller, J.
Westerly, A.
White, Asa
White, G.H.
Whitehorn, R.L.
Whitman, J.
Whitney, Lyman
Whitney, Mrs. Geo
Whitney, Mrs. W.J., two children and two infants
Whitney, W.J.
Whitten, John
Wicks, O.
Wilder, H. (Might be Wider)
Wilkins, J.A.
Wilkinson, J.S.
Willet, R.H.
Williams, J.
Williams, Miss M.C.
Williston, H.C.
Wise, R.W.
Wise, S.H.
Wood, G.
Woods, Col. H.W.
Woodward, M.
Wooley, O.S.
25 women, 7 children. Total 342


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