SS Yankee Blade
Captain: Henry Randall
From New York City: January 31, 1854 (* In The Panama Route, 1848-1869, Kemble notes the Yankee Blade sailed from New York on February 2, 1854, and arrived in San Francisco, May 4, 1854.)
In steamship Yankee Blade, for Rio de Janeiro, Valparaiso, and San Francisco,
For Rio de Janeiro—
Van Buskirk, E., and lady
Hoyt, James T.
For San Francisco—
Avery, Mrs. Susan **
Banks, E.B., and lady
Eustia (Eustis ?), J.R.
Honard, Mrs. Ann, and child
McNann, Mrs. John
Mont, J.B., and lady
Quimby, Samuel A.
Van Deusen, Mrs.
** According to a story in the Brooklyn
Eagle (online), April 27, 1854, Susanna Russell, about
20 years of age, came on board the Yankee Blade posing as
the sister of Edward H. Avery, about 26 years of age.. He met her
in a "house of ill fame"and he was paying her passage, while he worked
on the ship for his passage. On February 15, at about 8 PM, he became jealous
of her carrying ons with other passengers and stabbed her to death. The
Brooklyn Eagle of June 24, 1854, reported that Mr. Avery had been tried
for the murder of "Susannah Russell" in the U.S. District Court, and, by
reason of insanity, was discharged.
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