Passengers, Seaports, Captains
Arrive San Francisco
January 25, 1849
Ann McKim, Ecuadorian
51 days at sea from Valparaiso; 29 from Quayaquil
Clipper ship built in 1833 at the shipyard of Kennard & Williamson, Baltimore. Dimensions: 143'x27'6"x14' and 494 tons. The ship was named after the owner's wife. She was built on the lines of a Baltimore clipper and has often been called a "true clipper."
January 25, 1849, Alta California, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
By the arrival of the clipper ship Ann McKim, 51 days from Valparaiso and 29 from Guayaquil (Painting: Louis Remy Mignot), we have received a copy of El Mercurio, of November 30, 1848.
There is no news of importance, if we except the fact that great excitement exists along the whole western coast of South American in relation to the California gold mines. Great numbers of people are preparing to move here, and vessels yet to arrive from the United States are advertised to take passengers.
The Ann McKim brings some sixty passengers, and the Thili (Druet, master), a very respectable earnest of what we are to expect by the numerous vessels now on their way here, and which are daily expected to arrive. By the latest reliable accounts, one of the ocean steamers intended to ply between San Francisco and Panama, was daily expected at Callao. We may therefore look for her arrival here about the middle of February, or certainly by the first of March.
The British consul at Valparaiso notified the authorities there that dispatches had been received announcing the prevalence of the small poxin Guayaquil.
The Government of New Grenada had disapproved the contract of a company of North Americans, for making a railroad across the Isthmus, and had authorized its Minister at Washington to receive fresh proposals.
The following vessels were advertised for this port at this departure of the Ann McKim:
From Valparaiso: American bark, Tasseo (spelling), French bark Staonely, brigantine Progresso, brigantine Correo de Pacifico, brigantine Talca, brigantine Continelo, and brigantine Eleiodora.
February 8, 1849, Weekly Alta California, San Francisco, California
E. Mickle & Co. have just received by the ship "Ann McKim" from Valparaiso, a large and excellent assortment of Current Goods, as follows:
Wool and cot'n mixed flannel; cot'n and wool mixed stuff; mixed linen and cot'n drills; turkey red, cot'n, woolen, cot'n and wool mixed shawls; silk and cot'n hdkfs; woolen glovres; blankets and quilts; gents' silk neck scarfs; men's worsted stockings; ass'd silk hose; cot'n do; horse rugs; fine wool and cot'n rugs; saddle bags; pillows; ass'd wool'n ponchos and poncho cloth; cot'n duck, linen drills; linen towels; cot'n tapes; sewing thread, balls and spools; cot'n shirts; sail twine; childrens' woolen cloaks; laborers' smocks; ass'd clothing; silk umbrellas, ass'd colors; needles; pencils; oil cloth for tables, &c.; men's, women's and infants' boots and shoes; gilt, brass, and other buttons, ass'd; jewelry; paper hangings; shovels; ass'd nails; night lights; tobacco; table, desert and tea spoons; soup ladles and sugar tongs; gold watches; looking glasses; sperm candles; clothes, hair, nail, tooth, and shaving brushes, ass'd; ass'd perfumery; fowling pieces; revolver pistols; handsome hunting knives; razors and other cutlery; reins; spurs; powder horns; steel; preserved meats and vegetables; champagne; very sup'r port wine; rich old bucellas white wine; ale; tea; chocolate; frasqueras or liquor cases; travelling bottles; furniture; ass'd earthenware; glass ware, &c., &c., which they offer for sale on reasonable terms, at the warehouse of
Messrs. Sherman & Ruckle,
corner of Clay and Montgomery sts. Feb'y 7, 1849.
List not located. However, the following list was in The Daily Picayune, New Orleans, February 13, 1849, noted as bound for California on the ship McKim:Alston, J.
Comper, W. H.
Dunn, J. A.
Fargo, C. F.
Fought, C. M.
Gandy, E. U.
Goodale, Dr. David
Hennings, Mr., and lady
Hommedieu, W. T. L.
Keep, H. V.
Larue, J. S.
Menicher, J. A.
Osborne, E. B.
Painter, J. P.
Painter, J. R.
Powell, P. P.
Robb, John C.
Roberts, T. S. H.
Sesbros, J. M.
Shipway, G. O.
Tanner, J. H.
Vallient, E. K.
Wadsworth, J. B.
Watkins, H. P.
Wood, J. C., and son
And twenty-two in second class.
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