P. Terwilliger (no other information) was listed as a passenger on the SS California...
Maritime Heritage Project www.maritimeheritage.org Passenger list Arrive San Francisco: October 5, 1851 SS California Captain T.A. Budd From Panama via Acapulco Passage: Daily Alta California, October 6, 1851 The fine steamship California, Captain Budd, arrived in this harbor yesterday morning, 17 days and 8 hours from Panama. She left that port on the 15th ult., and, of course, brings no later advices from the East than was received per steamer North America. She has a large mail, and brought up 230 passengers, a large number of them being ladies (20 females). The California passed the Tennessee hence, bound down the coast, on the 17th inst., at 2 P.M. at Acapulco, the California left the steamer Republic bound for this port to sail on the 25th. Also the U.S. Sloop of War Vandalia, to sail same day for the Sandwich Islands, with despatches.
Cargo: Not listed.
From www.mms.gov "Ships provided the fastest way to the Mother Lode for prospectors from the East. In fact, while we often think of the Gold Rush pioneers crossing the western United States in covered wagons, the fact is that more people came to California by boat. They were the Argonauts--travelers on the sea in search of adventure and riches. There were two ways to come to California by sea. The first was to go around the continent of South America. The other was to cross the isthmus of Panama from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific and board a vessel bound for California. Once in California, the gold fields beckoned. In fact, so many sailors jumped ship to run to the gold fields that crews for ships were scarce. A ghost fleet of abandoned and unmanned vessels anchored in San Francisco Bay. So when did the Gold Rush end? Some would say never, but a convenient measure is 1853 and 1854 when more people left California than came here"