Passengers arriving at the Port of San Francisco: 1800s

Yankee Blade

Arrive San Francisco

August 31, 1854
Yankee Blade

Henry Randall, Commander


Daily Alta California, September 2, 1854


The Independent steamship Yankee Blade, Henry Randall commander, sailed from San Francisco Aug. 1st, at 3-1/2 P.M., with 350 passengers, for Panama; passed the Brother Jonathan, bound for San Juan at 5-21/2 the same evening.

The steamship Sonora, which left San Francisco a few minutes after the Yankee Blade, kept in company until dark. On the 9th, the engineer reported a scarcity of coal, until which time we had met with unprecedented success, having passed Acapulco in six days and fifteen hours from San Francisco, and made 22.6 miles in only eight days.

On the 12th, having run three day son a short allowance of coal, we found that by no possible economy could it last to Panama and decided to signalize the Sonora, if she hove in sight, so that our agents in Panama might learn our condition, and dispatch immediate relief.

At 10 P.M. the same day we enjoyed a momentary hope that our wish might be gratified, by the appearance of a single light on our larboard quarter, supposed to belong to the Sonora, which we immediately signalized by firing two double-charged guns and three rockets, and were answered by two rockets, but otherwise totally disregarded.

Panama City.
General View of Panama City and its Bay

We then found it necessary to run into "Damas Bay," Quibo Island, for wood, of which, by the assistance of our passengers, who displayed a genuine California zeal, we were enabled to procure sufficient in about 20 hours to take us to Panama, where we arrived on the evening of the 14th inst, just in time to prevent the departure of the Golden Age, which had been chartered for our relief, as some friendly passengers of the Sonora had kindly informed Mr. Fretz, at Panama, that they had heard and seen our signal of distress.

The Y.B. sailed from Panama at 9 P.M. on the 18th, and arrived at San Francisco at 7 P.M. on the 31st inst., having encountered severe westerly winds, and stopped at various times to arrange machinery. the passengers by the Uncle Sam, of July, arrived in New York in 21 days and 10 hours.


S. M. Cook, S. Dexter, Mrs. Dexter, J. Gelshoeser and lady, Marshall Baldwin, D. W. Earle, J. H. Perry, C. Seitz, M. Tobias, S. Tubias and svt, Harry Love, G. Delaney, J. D. Smith, J. M. Sesimans, W. D. Smith, A. Hoeher, A. G. Paul, T. Gardner . . .

The full list is in the ad below from the Daily Alta California, published on September 2, 1854.

Arrival of the Yankee Blade.

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