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September 7, 1865, Marysville Daily Appeal, Marysville, California

A private telegram from New York informs us of the sale of the American side wheel steamer Oriflamme, 1,250 tons register, to parties in this city. She is now supposed to be on her way here.

October 26, 1865, Sacramento Daily Union, Sacramento, California

Ben. Holladay's new California, Oregon and Mexican Steamship Company was organized in New York with $2,000,000 capital, and has purchased the side-wheel steamer Oriflamme, now coming from China, and is building another in New York.

February 6, 1866, Daily Alta California, San Francisco, California

From Japan.


The Mikado for Foreigners.
The Country to be Opened in Earnest

The steamer Oriflamme arrived on Monday morning from Shanghai, by way of Yokohama. The following are her memoranda and passenger list:


Steamer Oriflamme. Lane, left Shanghai Jan. 1st; Captain George E. Lane, arrived at Yokohama 6th: left there for San Francisco 10th; English brig Jennie left there the same day for San Francisco, and the English barque Valetta was to leave on the 12th for San Francisco; barque Libra from San Francisco, arrived at Yokohama on the 5th, and left same day for China. Have had heavy weather the entire passage, with strong easterly gales since passing longitude 150 W., and thick fog on the coast.


Mrs. Wheelock & child, David King. J.. Theo. R. Wheelock, Philip Dumarest. H.J Pomeroy, James S. Cull. G.L. Walruth, H.J.Meade, J. M. Jaguemot.

February 12, 1866, Daly Alta California, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

Steamship Oriflamme, Captain George E. Lane, from Hongkong, Shanghae, and Yokohama, is now ready to discharge cargo at Steuart street Dock.

Consignees are requested to call on the undersigned, pay freight, and receive their orders.

All goods, when landed, will be at the risk of the owners, without regard to the weather, and if not removed before four p.m., will be stored at their risk and expense.

Macondray & Co.

July 4, 1866, Sacramento Daily Union, Sacramento, California, U.S.A.

A fight took place on board the Oriflamme this afternoon, between William Denton, the mess-room steward, and Michael Feeny, a coalpasser. Denton was badly beaten, add in turn shot Fenny in the rear, inflicting a deep and painful, but not dangerous flesh wound.

March 23, 1867, Daily Alta California, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.


(From an Occasional Correspondent of the Alta.)

Mazatlan, March 14, 1867.

Ben Holladay.

Editors Alta: At the risk of being wearisome, I extend the description of the trip of Mr. Ben Holladay and his invited guests, on the steamship Oriflamme.

Carmen Island and Guaymas

Leaving Mazatlan on Thursday evening, 28th ult., and running out of our course to touch at Carmen Island, to leave an order for salt, as ballast, we reached Guaymas on Sunday, 31 inst., at 12 M. The weather was delightful and the sea calm, as it has been during the whole trip. Although the atmosphere was not excessively warm, a summer's sun threw its beams upon us in Guaymas. That port, although a good harbor, has nothing about it inviting. It is surrounded by serrated and sterile hills— with no luxuriant pastures, no green foliage, nor even gleams of autumn tints to greet the ey, as there is no vegetation whatsoever. It is one of those places where no man sits under his own vine and fig tree; he can't do it, his figs have the trees pulled off. BBut near the town are two gardens, containing orange, lemon, palm, and other trees. One of them is in the suburbs of the town, owend by Don Juan A. Robinson; the other, a league distant, owened by Senio Campille. It was refreshing to rest the eye on the verdure of thos eaves, after gazing at the dilapidated exteriors of the Guaymas mansions.

There seemed to be, in most of the streets, a twilight silence that pertains to some neglected spot. Notwithstanding the appearance of the place, it is a diamond in the rough -- a port of vast importance. There is back of it, in the interior, an immensely rich an productive country, which receives it ssupplies through, and sends its products to, this port. The days we left, I observed thirteen large American wagons, that had come loaded from the interior with cotton and other products. Provisions and munitions of war, which cost the the United States eighteen cents in sold per pound to transport into Arizona, can be taken there from Guaymas for 5 cents by her. This port is of great value ot the Unied States on account of its accessibility to the territory already owned by her; and had she the States of Chihuahua, Sonora, and Sinaloa, it would become the second port of the Pacific Coast. All that this part of Mexico requires is a stable Government and an energetic people. The earth has the wealth -- it wants man to develop it.

It may be said that the heat in the summer months id excessive; while that may be true, it cannot be denied that the country is healthy at all seasons of the year. A close observation of the physique of the native people will evidence that fact. There is much less humidity in the night air than at Mazatlan, and it is healthier. Business became prostrated during the Civil War which overran the country, but now it is somewhat revived; and as the Juarez party ius much more numerous, the chance in Sonora, in the future, are good.

I will leave the county's interest, and pass to the pleasures of our party. We sailed out around the town, of course, to see the sights -- stopping occasionally to listen to th melodious voice of some senorita, mingled with the dulcet strains of the harp of less than a thousand strings. As I was busy looking at the senoritas, I didn't count the strings.

On Tuesday evening, Senor Morales, Custom House Office, invited us to his house, where we joined in the mazy dance and gazed on bright-eyed damsels.

Reception on the Oriflamme

Mr. Holladay gave, the following evening, a party on board of the Oriflamme, having previously authorized Senor Morales to invite the elite of the town. The quarter-deck of our ship was covered and walled with canvas; bright lights threw their dazzling gleams all around, and the brass band with sweet accents welcomed the invited, as they came gliding along, paddling their canoes on the quiet bay, to reach the gallant Oriflamme. Between seven and eight o'clock they made their appearance ot the number of about fifty ladies and gentlemen... Among them was the American Consul, Mr. Edward Conner, and lady, both of whom added much to our pleasure...

April 14, 1868, Daily Alta California, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.

A New Post in the Far North.— Major Gen. H. W. Halleck, Commander of the Division of the Pacific, sailed for Alaska in the steamer Oriflamme yesterday. While in the new Territory he will select a site for a new Post— the most northern in America— to be located on Cook's Inlet, for the protection of the American fisheries and for trade, and to be known as Fort Keana. This fort will be garrisoned at present by Company G, Second U.S. Artillery, commanded by Captain Higgins. who will leave here in a few days by a sailing vessel, officially chartered for that purpose, and carrying their provisions and other supplies and materials for winter quarters with them.

April 25, 1869, Marysville Daily Appeal, Marysville, California, U.S.A.

Holladay's excursion Party

VICTORIA, April 24th. The steamship Oriflamme, from Portland with Holladay's excursion party on board, arrived here yeitorday. They leave for the Ports on Puget Sound on Monday morning.

Seward.June 8, 1871, Sacramento Daily Union, Sacramento, California, U.S.A.

From Portland, Oregon, June 7th: The steamer Oriflamme, from San Francisco, arrived today with seventy-five passengers, including Seward Seward. and party.


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