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1848 - 1873

Ship Passenger Lists
Wagon Train Lists
Isthmus of Panama Passenger Information

This site contains passenger lists for ships and wagon trains traveling to California between 1848 and 1873. The lists are transcribed from microfilm of the New York Daily Times, the New York Herald, the New Orleans Picayune, the Panama Star, the Panama Herald, and the Boston Daily Evening Transcript. When possible, passengers will be linked to the ship they later boarded on the Pacific side of the Isthmus for the final leg of the journey to San Francisco.

Other major printed works that should be checked:
  • Louis J. Rasmussen's "San Francisco Passenger Lists," Vols. 1, 2, and 4, and "California Wagon Train Lists," Vol. 1. Rasmussen's books cover, roughly, 1850-1865 for ship lists and April 5, 1849, through October 20, 1852, for wagon train lists.
  • Peter E. Carr's "San Francisco Passenger Departures," Volumes 3 and 4, for passengers departing San Francisco for Central America, July 15, 1851, through June 16, 1852.
  • Libera Martina Spinazze's "INDEX to the ARGONAUTS of CALIFORNIA". "Argonauts of California," was published in 1890 and written by Charles Warren Haskins. It is a compilation of 27,000 names of California pioneers who entered the State prior to 1850. For a description, click HERE. Please read the IMPORTANT NOTES at the bottom of that page. (Charles Warren Haskins passenger listing on board ship America from New Bedford, MA)
Other recommended web sites:
  • MARITIME HERITAGE PROJECT. The MHP site contains an extensive collection of passenger lists from ships arriving at the Port of San Francisco during the California Gold Rush, Pacific Coast maritime history and California history. Passengers found departing the East Coast may also be found arriving in San Francisco on the Maritime Heritage Project passenger lists.
  • SHIPWRECKS DATABASE. The California State Lands Commission's California Shipwreck database.
  • EARLY AMERICAN SAILING SHIPS. Jerry Wilkinson's web pages with brief descriptions and pictures of a bark, ship, brig, sloop, barkentine, brigentine, schooner, etc.


PASSENGER LISTS AND ARTICLES OF INTEREST

Boston Daily Evening Transcript

YEAR
1853
1854

Daily Star (Panama)
(English language newspaper published in Panama)

DATE
DESCRIPTION
November 14, 1851
Hungarian Patriots arrive in Panama aboard U.S "war steamer" Mississippi.
December 7, 1851
1851 deaths of American citizens reported to U. S. Consulate.
December 16, 1851
Arrivals at Panama City Hotels, December, 1851.
January 20, 1853
1852 Oregon Trail - list of wagon train deaths on the trail.
February 18, 1853
"Card" - SS Cortez passenger list.
March 6, 1853
Complimentary "Card" - Western Hotel - 3-6-1853
March 30, 1853
Passenger list for SS Northern Light (from NYC) and SS Daniel Webster (from New Orleans) connecting to SS Independence for San Francisco.
May 1, 1853
SS Illinois - Passenger list.
May 4, 1853
"Complimentary Card." - Short passenger list - SS Illinois.
May 6, 1853
"A. Card." - Short Passenger list - SS Illinois and SS Philadelphia.
May 13, 1853
SS Pacific to San Francisco: "Caution to public"; long passenger list.
October 8, 1853
British steamer Bogota - Passenger list and Card.
December 8, 1853
British steamer Bolivia - Card with short passenger list.
February 2, 1854
Distinguised Arrivals in Panama City.
February 2, 1854
Two "Cards" of appreciation for services across the Isthmus.
February 17, 1854
"Card" of appreciation for hospitality at California Hotel.
March 21, 1854
British ship Bolivia - passenger list.
April 16, 1854
"Card" complimenting SS Yankee Blade.

New Orleans Picayune
(First published January 25, 1837)

YEAR
1848
1849
1850
1851

New York Herald

DATE
DESCRIPTION
12-2-1848
Steamship Falcon
12-3-1848
Steamship Panama
12-28-1848
Steamship Isthmus
1-7-1849
Ship Cristoval Colon (also known as Chris Colon)
1-15-1849
Bark Croton and the Tarolinta
1-16-1849
Brig Osceola
1-17-1849
Ship Appollo, bark Rolla, schooner Olivia, and the North Bend.
1-18-1849
Schrs. Sovereign and Samuel Roberts, barks Eugenia, Madonna, and H.T. Bartlett, and pilot boat Anonyma.
1-19-1849
Brig John Endus/Ender, barks Eugenia and Neumpha/Neuphar, and ship Grey Eagle
1-23-1849
"Woodstock Company" from Vt. - Messrs. Simmons, Hutchinson ? Co.
1-24-1849
Ships Pacific and South Carolina, and barks Hersilia, Mazeppa and Florida.
1-25-1849
Brig A. Emery and ship Capitol.
1-26-1849
Vessel Charlotte, ships Jane Parker and Architect.
1-27-1849
Schooners Velasco, G.H. Montague and Laura Virginia, ships Tahmaroo and Montreal, barks Marriettta, Mazeppa and Mary Stuart.
1-28-1849
Schooners Boston and Decatur, barks Eliza, Phillip Hone, and Azim, ship Pharsalia, and brigs Mary Stuart, Mary Wilder, Almena, and Victory, and the Hampton Mining and Trading Company.
1-30-1849
Ships Wm. G. Hackstaff, C.G. Scull, and Hopewell passenger lists.
1-31-1849
Brigs Sarah M'Farland, Endora, schooner John Castner, and shipTrescott/Prescott.
2-1-1849
Ship Orpheus, brig Winthrop, and bark Mara passenger lists.
2-2-1849
Ships SS Falcon, SS Rowena and SS St. Joseph, schooners Empire and Sea Witch, bark Mara, and the Corsair passenger lists. 
2-3-1849
Ship SS Falcon and barks Mara and Drummond.
2-4-1849
Barks Bonne Adele and Suliote, and brig Columbia.
2-5-1849
Bark Keoka and schooner James R. Whiting passengers.
2-6-1849
SS Crescent City, barks Straffordand Rochelle, ships Panama, Leonore, Othello, and Daniel Webster, and brig Columbus.
2-7-1849
Bark Ann Welch, John Potter, Hebe, Emma Isadora, and Dimon, brigs Cordelia, Bathurst, ships Magnolia and Xylon, schooner Pomona.
2-8-1849
Ships Robert Bowne and Clarissa Perkins.
2-9-1849
Bark Isabel, schooner Col. Flanning, ship George Washington, brigs Acadian and Rodolph, steamer Montgomery and "Holyoke Mining Company."
2-10-1849
Unnamed overland expedition from New York City, brig Samson, bark Pleiadas, and another unnamed overland expedition from South Carolina.
2-11-1849
Ships Morrison and Sabina, barks Rodolph and the vessels Keoka, Emily Bourne, Tremont, and Anne.
2-13-1849
Barks S.L. Crowell and Cameo, ship Duxbury, and schooner Rialto.
2-14-1849
Schooner Gager, bark Lenark and Toure, brig Col. Taylor.
2-15-1849
Ship Sarah and Eliza, brigs Sarah and Emily Bourne, bark Velasco, and schooner John Allyne and SS Panama officer list.
2-16-1849
Schooner Gazelle and vessel Eudorus.
2-17-1849
Steamers Panama and Orus, bark Guilford, ship Henry Lee, and schooner Mary W.
2-18-1849
Steamer Panama, and ships Audly Clark and Elizabeth Ellen.
2-19-1849
Unnamed ship passengers of Adelphi Company, ship Ward Henry and schooner Paragon.
2-20-1849
Unnamed group from Cincinnati, OH.
2-21-1849
Brigs Mary and Empire, steam propellor Hartford, and small, unnamed group from Ohio.
2-22-1849
Barks St. Mary, Nautilus, and Kirkland, steamboat Iowa, and vessel McKim.
2-23-1849
Barks Bogota, Nautilus, Anne, and Belvidere, brigs Perfect and Brothers, and schooner J.W. Herbert.
2-25-1849
Schooner General Morgan, ships John C. Costar and Mason, and steamship Galveston.
2-26-1849
Ship Levant.
2-27-1849
Brig Isabella Reed and bark J.A. Jesurun.
3-1-1849
Barks Mallory and Orb, and schooner Newton.
3-2-1849
Steamship Northerner and brig Abrasia.
3-4-1849
Barks Courier and Vernon, and schooner Peerless.
3-5-1849
Ships Regulus and Sweden, schooner Edwin, barks Algoma and Thames, brig Jennett, steamship Isthmus, and an overland group from New Jersey.
3-7-1849
Schooner James L. Day, ship Charlotte, bark Edward Fletcher, unnamed group from Cincinnati, OH.
3-9-1849
Steamship Falcon, barks Palmetto and Mousam, Norumbeag, and Henry Harbeck.
3-13-1849
Steamer Maria Burt, ship Loo Choo, brigs Henrico and Sea Eagle, barks Russell, Winthrop, Nauumkeag, and Floyd, schooners Emeline, Crescent City, and John A. Sutter, and an overland group from Talbot County, GA.
3-15-1849
Steamer Crescent City, schooners Splendid and Alfred, ship Henry Astor, and brig St. Andrew.
3-16-1849
Steamer Crescent City (2nd , longer list), schooner Viola, and bark J.G. Colley.
3-18-1849
Barks Susan and Clarissa, brig Dr. Hitchcock, steamships Alabama and Globe, ship Salem, schooner Harriet Neal and Horace, and overland groups from Ohio, Indiana and New York.
3-19-1849
Ship Mariana.
3-20-1849
Steamship Palmetto, bark Griffon, and schooners Friendship and St. Mary, and overland group from New York.
3-21-1849
Schooner Willimantic, brig Arabian, bark Lagrange, and overland group from Wisconsin.
3-22-1849
Brig Major Eastland, and overland company from Massachusetts.
3-23-1849
Bark Santee, ship Samoset, and overland association from Massachusetts.
3-24-1849
"Full and complete list" of passengers on ship Samoset.
3-25-1849
Ship Flavius, bark Yoeman, and overland company from Baltimore.
3-28-1849
Brig Leveret and bark Linda.
3-29-1849
Ship Mayflower.
4-1-1849
Barks Rising Sun, Plymouth and Canton, ships Obed Mitchell and Glenmore, steamship Falcon, and overland group from Washigton, D.C.
4-2-1849
Ship Thos. Bennett and overland groups from Kentucky and Virginia.
4-3-1849
Col. Webb's Company Disaster, brig Canonicus, ship York, bark Montgomery.
4-7-1849
Barks Phenix/Pheonix and Emma Isadora, ships B.R. Milan, Tyrone, and America, brigs Taranto and Perfect, and Planet, steamers Alphonse de Lamartine and Yacht, and vessel J.L. Webb.
4-8-1849
Bark Charles Devans, ship Areatus, "Franklin Mining Company" from Ohio, and unnamed company from Ohio.
4-10-1849
Ship Balance, and overland companies from Georgia and Arkansas.
4-15-1849
Ship Memnon, schr. General Worth, brig Vesta, steamers Col. Stanton, Thames (British) and Robert Morris (New Orleans Trading and Mining Company), and overland companies from Ohio, Indiana and Missouri.
4-18-1849
Steamship Crescent City.
4-19-1849
Bark Galindo, ship Francis Ann, and "Boston and Newton Joint Stock Association."
4-22-1849
Numerous overland companies, steamships Globe and Falcon, ship Andalusia, and mention of the French brig L' Entreprenant.
4-23-1849
News about unnamed company in Mexico.
4-24-1849
Steamship Unicorn, barks Florida and Warwick, and ship Alhambra.
4-30-1849
Schr. Creole, steamer Meteor, and several overland companies.
5-7-1849
Bark Clyde.
5-9-1849
Several overland companies.
5-10-1849
Several overland companies, steamship Isthmus, and ship Susan G. Owens.
5-11-1849
Several overland companies, brig Susan and Abigail, and ships New Jersey and Walter Scott.
5-19-1849
Barks Helen Augusta and Ewbank, and brig Chatham.
5-20-1849
Ship Angelique.
5-24-1849
Steamship Crescent City.
5-28-1849
Bark Hannah Sprague and bark Alice Tarleton.
6-1-1849
Brigs Meteor and Thomas P. Hart, and bark Seneca.
6-10-1849
Bark J. Walls, Jr., steamship Isthmus, ship Jacob Perkins, and brig Ann
6-13-1849
Bark J.R. Gardner and brig Chas. J. Dow.
6-26-1849
Ship Oxnard and bark Florida.
6-29-1849
Steamship Falcon.
7-1-1849
Steamships Crescent City and Alabama, ship Vistula, and bark J. Merithew.
7-2-1849
Ship Constantine and bark Tecumseh.
7-10-1849
Ship Prince de Joinville.
7-15-1849
Ship Louis Philippe, barks Philena and Madonna, brig Patapsco, and brig Mexican
7-18-1849
Steamship Empire City and brig Emily Farnham.
7-26-1849
Steamship Falcon, bark Charter Oak.
8-16-1849
Ship Mechanics' Own.
8-28-1849
Steamship Falcon.
9-16-1849
Steamship Crescent City.
9-21-1849
Steamship Ohio.
10-3-1849
Steamship Crescent City.
10-11-1849
Steamship California. (Panama to San Francisco)
10-18-1849
Steamships Ohio, Empire City, and brig Glencoe.
10-19-1849
Ship Henry.
10-20-1849
Ship Martha and brig James Caskie.
10-23-1849
Brig Topaz.
10-25-1849
Schr. Harriet Lawrence and brig Colorado.
10-26-1849
Steamship Alabama, ship Hercules, and bark Ninas (sp?).
10-28-1849
Schr. Alexander, and brig Geo. (or Gen.) Cobb.
10-29-1849
Ship Henry Ware and brig Archelaus.
11-2-1849
Ship Richmond, barks Rio and Walter, and brig Grecian.
11-3-1849
Bark Delaware and brig Ark.
11-4-1849
Brig Geo. Shattuck.
11-7-1849
Ship Alexander , brig Ganges, Lemartine.
11-8-1849
Ship Birmingham, bark Elen, and schr. Civilian.
11-9-1849
Bark Helen and schr. Sea Serpent.
11-10-1849
Vessel Agate and bark Cantero.
11-12-1849
Ship Wattakerset and schr. B.L. Allen.
11-14-1849
Steamship Crescent City, ship Emerald and Euphrasia.
11-15-1849
Bark Orion and brig Triumph and ship Eugene
11-16-1849 Bark Orion (additional passengers to 11-15-1849 list.
11-17-1849
Vessel Maria, E. Randall, bark Domingo, and brig Metropolis.
11-18-1849 Schr. Woodside.
11-19-1849
Bark Carlo (Carie ?) Mauran.
11-20-1849
Brig Sarah Abigail and Schr. Ruby.
11-21-1849
Brig Sarah Abigail (complete list)
11-22-1849 Brig Geo. Ryan.
11-23-1849 Steamship Falcon, and ship Martha.
11-24-1849 Steamship Alabama, and vessel Plain.
11-25-1849 Ships Hannibal and Reindeer.
11-27-1849 Ship St. Mary.
11-30-1849 Ships Nestor and Herculean, barks Rhodes and Martha, brig Curacca (Curacoa ?), schrs. Abby P. Chase and Traveller.
12-1-1849 Bark Backus and brig Gen. Worth.
12-2-1849 Steamship Empire City, ship Chas. Cooper, and schr. American.
12-3-1849 Brig Annah (??) from Newburyport.
12-4-1849 Brig Quoddy Belle.
12-5-1849 Brig Tasse (Tasso ??), from New Orleans.
12-6-1849 Ship Cresco (??), and brig Major Eastland.
12-7-1849 Ship Cheshire.
12-8-1849 Vessel Eliza Ann, steamer Oregon, and ships Manchester and Crescent.
12-9-1849 Bark Byron and vessel Otterman.
12-10-1849 Vessel Marcia Cleaves, ship Citizen, and schr. Mary and Emma.
12-11-1849 Schr. Spray.
12-12-1849 Bark John A. Taylor, vessel Bidlow (?), and brig Hallowell (sp?)
12-13-1849 Vessel Belgrade.
12-14-1849
Steamships Ohio, Cherokee, Crescent City, and Great Western.
12-15-1849 Brig Orleans and schr. Astoria.
12-16-1849 Bark Florida and schr. Elizabeth E.
12-17-1849 Schr. S.D. Bailey.
12-19-1849 Steamship Telegraph.
12-20-1849 Barks Emma and Wm. O. Alden, brigs Samuel French and Victoria, vessel Siroo (sp), and schr. Billow.
12-21-1849 Steamship Wahama, ship Leopard, bark Louisiana, and brig Leveret.
12-22-1849 Schr. Damariscova (Damariscotta sp?).
12-25-1849 Vessel Crocus and brig Dr. Hitchcock.
12-28-1849 Steamship Falcon, ship Rowland, bark Chalcedony, and brig Ceylon.
12-29-1849 Ships Plymouth and Creole.
12-31-1849 Schr. Geo. Washington.
   
{April 19, 1849}
List of Departing Vessels, 1848-49.

New York Times
(first published September 18, 1851)

DESCRIPTION
{Ships listed by departure date} - 175+ passenger lists Departures from NYC - 1851-1873
Description of Ships Steamers on the NYC - Central America runs
Maritime articles of Interest Odds and Ends

New York Weekly Tribune

DATE
DESCRIPTION
1-17-1849
Ship Albany, vessels Edward Everett, Oxford, Forest, Aurora and Oniota, and the "New England Pioneers." 
7-18-1849
Ship Louis Philippe.
12-15-1849
Brig Orleans, vessel Eliza Ann and steamer Oregon.

Panama Herald
(English language newspaper published in Panama)
(first published April 14, 1851)

DATE
DESCRIPTION
April 9-13, 1851
Arrivals at Panama Hotels -- Long newspaper list of names.
April 21-28, 1851
Arrivals at Panama Hotels -- Long newspaper list of names.
May 23-26, 1851
Arrivals at Panama Hotels -- Long newspaper list of names.
May 12, 1851
SS Brother Jonathan - "Complimentary Card" signed by passengers.
July 14, 1851
SS Brother Jonathan - "Complimentary Card" signed by passengers. 
August 4, 1851
Cocoa Grove Hotel - "Complimentary Card" signed by guests.
January 26, 1852
SS Independence - "Un-Complimentary Card" signed by passengers
March 23, 1852
ship Russell - "Complimentary Card."
July 23,1852
Pioneer (ship) ? Taboga Hotel "Complimentary Card."
July 30, 1852
Western Hotel - "Complimentary Card"
August 13, 1852
American Hospital, Panama, patient list - June 25- July 24, 1852
January 25, 1853
Spring Hotel - "Complimentary Card"
February 8, 1853
Franklin Hotel - "Complimentary Card."
May 6, 1853
Tremont Hotel - "Complimentary Card"
September 3, 1853
American Hotel - "Complimentary Card" signed by guests.
September 3, 1853
American Hotel - guest arrival list for September 1, 1853.

Panama Star Articles
(first published April 14, 1848)

DATE
DESCRIPTION
February 24,1849
Passengers who have arrived in Panama City. Names but no ship identification.
March 17, 1849
Passengers who have arrived in Panama City. Names but no ship identification.
August 4, 1849
Ship Eugenia - passenger list for San Francisco.
August 11, 1849
Passengers who have arrived in Panama City. Names but no ship identification.
August 25, 1849
"Card" naming some passengers on SS Empire City (NYC to Chagres).
August 27,1849
Second "Card" naming some passengers on SS Empire City (NYC to Chagres)
September 24, 1849
Passengers who have arrived in Panama City. Names but no ship identification.
October 6, 1849
Passengers who have arrived in Panama City. Names but no ship identification.
November 10, 1849
SS Alabama - Partial passenger list.
November 20, 1849
American Free Masons in Panama
October 18, 1850
SS Falcon - List of passengers from NYC per the steamship Ohio, transferred at Havana to steamer Falcon for Chagres.
April 1, 1851
SS Republic - departs Panama City for San Francisco.
April 1, 1851
American Hotel arrivals

Panama Newspapers' Vital Statistics

1849-54
Birth, Death and Marriage announcements.

Sacramento Daily Union

November 27, 1862
Steamer St. Louis
November 28, 1862
Steamer Moses Taylor
December 15, 1862
Champion / Orizabva
January 5, 1863
Ocean Queen
March 2, 1863
Ariel / Golden Age
March 23, 1868
Arizona
April 17, 1863
Ocean Queen / Sonora
April 27, 1863
North Star / Constitution
May 7, 1863
Northern Light / Orizaba
May 18, 1863
Ocean Queen
May 27, 1863
North Star
May 29, 1863
America
June 16, 1863
Ocean Queen
July 7, 1863
Northern Light
July 10, 1863
America
August 15, 1863
Ocean Queen

Stockton Independent Daily

April 3, 1865
Constitution
May 24, 1865
Steamer Golden City
June 8, 1865
Constitution
July 26, 1865
Constitution
February 5, 1866
Steamer Oriffamme
February 11, 1866
Steamer Golden City
April 4, 1866
Pacific Mail steamship St. Louis
May 18, 1866
American Transit Steamship Company's steamer, Moses Taylor
May 23, 1866
Pacific mail steamship Sacramento
July 5, 1866
Pacific mail steamship Sacramento
August 6, 1866
Steamship Northern Lights
August 3, 1866
Steamship Northern Lights
November 24, 1866
Iron Ship Coya

Miscellaneous Newspapers/Articles

July 8, 1849
Ship Orpheus from New York to San Francisco.
June 1849
Reunion of the surviving passengers of the Steamship Panama, that arrived in San Francisco, on the fourth of June 1849.
August 2, 1852
Steamer Pacific
December 1862
Orizabva

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