Passengers arriving at the Port of San Francisco


Arrive San Francisco

Thursday, September 15, 1853
Captain J. H. Blethen
From San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua


Daily Alta California, San Francisco, Friday, September 16, 1853


Later from New York and New Orleans
Foreign and Domestic News.

The steamship Sierra Nevada, Captain J.H. Blethen, commander, 12 days from San Juan, came into port yesterday morning at 7 o'clock. She arrived off the Heads at 4 P.M., Wednesday, but could not come in on account of the dense fog.

We are under obligations to Captain B. for stopping his engines to allow our Marine Reporter to board him.

By this arrival we have papers from New York to the 20th ult., and telegraphic dates from New Orleans to the 18th.

Subscriptions for the relief of the New Orleans sufferers, were being raised in all the principal cities and towns throughout the United States. New York has contributed $30,000; Philadelphia $12,000; Baltimore $6,000; Boston $4,000. The total amount raised thus far is $62,000.

There was a terrible earthquake reported to have taken place at Cumana, Spanish Main, on the 19th July, by which about 4000 lives were lost. A slight shock was also felt at Trinidad, Port Spain, at the same time.

The Minister to France has not yet been appointed. Mr. Dix has not released the President from his promise of the appointment. Bancroft and Cushing are mentioned in connection with it.

Accounts from Newfoundland to August 10th state that the ship Charles Clark, from Hamburgh to Quebec, with 118 passengers, was lost, after having been 56 days at sea, at Freshwater Point, near Trepassey Bay, on 28th July, and five passengers perished; the rest had reached St. John, N.F.

Dreadful Mortality in New Orleans

The yellow fever continued to rage with dreadful violence in New Orleans. During the 48 hours ending on the morning of the 18th, the whole number of deaths was four hundred and ten, of which three hundred and sixty were of yellow fever. At times the dead could not be buried as fast as they were taken to the cemetery. At one time there were forty bodies exposed, uninterred, in Lafayette cemetery, in the morning, and at sundown, had increased to eighty. Five dollars an hour per man was offered for laborers to bury the bodies. A correspondent of the New York Tribune writing August 11, says:

The yellow fever reports of yesterday show an increase of 36 over the previous day. The bad weather still continues, and the usual heavy rains pour down upon us every day at noon. I visited the cemeteries again yesterday. The one in the 4th District was much improved. The carts with loads of dirt did not commence to arrive until the evening of Tuesday. They were at work all day yesterday and had taken about sixty loads of earth to the burying ground. The carts in going into the burial ground had to pass over some of the graves, crushing in the coffins, etc. Several men had been at work during the day throwing the dirt on the coffins, half buried in the trenches.

The cholera has appeared at Cumberland, Md., and fifteen persons died in two days.
Kent Island, Md. Was very sickly.
There were one hundred and eighty-eight deaths in New York in one week from "sun stroke." The weather was hotter than it had been in eight years.

Friday Morning, September 16.

The most interesting feature of the news by the Sierra Nevada is the unprecedented ravages of the yellow fever in New Orleans, which threatens to decimate the city in a short time, should it continue as fatal as last advices. History furnishes no parallel to the fatality of the epidemic, and the accounts of the horrors of the city are most incredible. Down to the 11th of August, the deaths amounted to three thousand, and the mortality continued in the same ratio - about 200 every twenty-four hours . . .


Very Important Passengers: Mrs. J. H. Blethen, wife of Captain James H. Blethen, who had been living in New York.

Note the amount of women and children - presumably fleeing the ravages of the East during that time.

Abbott, J.D.
Abbott, Mrs. J.D. and two children
Anson, G.B.
Avery, J.A.
Bachelder, L.
Bachelder, Mrs. Levi
Bailey, J.
Bailley, W.
Baitting, Wm. (Might be Wm. Baltting)
Banchard, N. (Might be Blanchard or Banehard)
Banin, J.
Barney, J.
Baron, Dr. J.M., U.S.N.
Barron, Mrs. B.
Barron, R.
Bartling, Mrs. Wm.
Beach, W.L.
Beard, Mrs. M.
Bente, A.
Bevin, J.
Biel, G.
Biel, Mrs. G.
Blethen, Mrs. J.H.
Bluff, Chas.
Boyer, J. (Might be Bayer or Beyer)
Brainard, Mrs. B.M.
Brannan, B.
Brewer, Mrs. J.
Brown, O.T.
Brown, T.
Brown, T.
Browning, C.T.
Bruce, G.
Burns, J.
Byron, J.
Caldwell, Mrs. Mary
Caney, J.
Canney, J.
Carter, M.
Chandler, J.
Clark, Mrs. M.
Cornell, S. (Might be Corbell)
Cotter, Mrs. A. and infant
Cowley, T.
Crosby, J.
Crosby, Mrs. J.
Curry, Mrs. James
Davis, E.
Dempster, Mrs. C.J.
Dempster, C.J. (The Alta lists this as Deptster, but, clearly, it is Dempster, as Mrs. C.J. is noted on the list also)
Depuy, G.
Devoe, J.B.
Dillon, Jas.
Dun en, R. (Might be Dunlen, Duncen, Dunden, Dunsen)
Dunbar, R.W.
Dunbar, W.T.
Ellis, Isaac
Fitch, E.
Fitch, Mrs. E.
Fitzgerald, J.
Fo land, H. (Might be Forland)
Foster, C.
Foster, H.
Gallup, J.
Geoghan, E.
Goff, Owen
Gosling, G.
Gosling, Mrs. G.
Grant, H.L.
Grant, Mrs. P.B.
Grant, P.B.
Gray, J.
Gray, T.B.
Greenleaf, Miss A.B.
Grunsjvans, J.F.
Hammel, J.
Hand, Thos
Handlin, J.S.
Harris, E.M.
Harris, G.
Harris, Sol
Heitzel, Mrs. and child
Henneburg, Miss
Herndieper, W.
Hernevan, M.
Holley, H.
Holley, Mrs. Charles M.
Holley,Chas. M.
Holly, D.
Hose, Mrs. Eliza
Howell, G.
Hurrison, P. (Might be Harrison or Hurricon)
Jenkins, G.
Jones, L.H.
Jones, Miss E.
Jones, Miss M.J.
Jones, Miss Mary
Jones, Mrs. D.H.
Jones, S.
Kelighan, M. (Might be Kekghan)
Kent, Mrs. and daughter
Kistun, J.
Klepen, A. (Might be A. Klepenburg - the Alta has a strange break in the name)
Kling, S.
Kloppenburg, Miss Katherine
Lanapeat, F. (Might be Lanapoat)
Layman, J.
Livingston, Miss
Lockman, J.S.
Logan, C.D.
Lunnster, J.A. (Might be Lunnater)
Lyons, J.
Martin, G.
Martin, Mrs. and two children
Martintz, Mr.
Mayner, D.
McCreany, R.
McElrey, J.
McGrath, J.
McKibbin, J. C.
McReady, S.
Menderheimer, Mrs. R.
Menkurtz, J.
Merchant, Y. G.
Meyers, H. B.
Miller, H. S.
Mills, Mrs. Louisa
More, W. H.
Morton, W.
Mulligan, P.
Munger, F.
Munson, B.H.
Murphy, Mrs. Mary and two children
Murtock, T.
Overhalt, W.G. (Might be Ovenhalt)
Palen, J.W.
Palmer, T.
Parcell, Mrs. M.
Pedorat, A.
Pedorat, J.
Pengrove, Mrs. W.
Penn, Mrs. N.D.
Pennyman, J.D.
Percell, M.
Peri, A.
Platt, W.
Plum, N.D.
Plummer, Mrs. E.J.
Powell, Miss Anna
Price, Morgan
Richardson, W.T.
Roberts, G.G.
Rogers, D.
Rosenbaum, Mrs. and three daughters.
Rosenberg, H.
Ryan, W.
Sherwood, D.
Skinner, G.R.
Slocum, C.W.
Slocum, G.
Smith, G.
Smith, H.
Smith, R.
Snmatia, J.
Steinehart, M.
Stevens, G.W.
Stevens, R.R.
Stewart, D.C.
Sto e, O. (Might be anything: Stole, Store, Stone)
Stone, W.T.
Sullivan, P.O.
Swain, D.
Taber, J.S.
Thompson, S.G.
Traunch, T.
Trembly, D.
Verra, H. (Might be Vierra)
Voglemay, D.
Wade, H.P.
Wilber, E.
Williams, H.
Williams, J.
Williams, John
Williams, Mrs. and child
Williams, Mrs. E.
Williams, T.
Wilson, J.C.
Wilson, J.D.
Wood, J.
Wooster, J.D.
40 ladies and 160 in the steerage

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