July 24, 1908 – San Pedro – Captain Van Salzen of the steamer Anubis, wrecked on the island of San Miguel, may find further trouble on his arrival here, as the report that he carried passengers on the vessel at the time of the accident does not agree with his sworn statement to the custom house officials.
The law provides that no vessel carrying high explosives shall also carry passengers, and the Anubis left this port with 10,000 pounds of dynamite on board.
Punishment for a violation of this restriction must be borne by the captain of foreign owned vessels, such as the Anubis, and consists of a fine of $1,000.
Van Salzen swore he carried no passengers. (Los Angeles Herald)
Schooner Ashore at the Cliff House
July 4, 1887- San Francisco – “The schooner William Frederick has gone ashore on the beach below the Cliff House. The cause of the disaster was the same as that of the ill-fated Atlantic.
The schooner was becalmed inside the bar and was drifted ashore by the current. The schooner Anna Matilda first discovered the doomed vessel anchored on the edge of the breakers and took off Captain Martin Johnson and the three sailors.
Subsequently, the Captain and two sailors returned to the schooner to get their clothes. Finding that it was impossible to board the William Frederick, the men, despite the advice of Captain Johnson, determined to go ashore through, the breakers. The boat was capsized and the two sailors drowned.
The schooner’s shattered hull was sold at auction yesterday by S. L. Jones, the auctioneer, and was bought up by John Molloy for the sum of $5. The sails, rigging, anchors, pumps, etc. brought $370.” (Daily Alta California)
Brooklyn Arrives in California
July 31, 1846 – Yerba Buena – The ship Brooklyn, Capt. Richardson, arrives in Yerba Buena from New York. The ship sailed with 238 Mormon men, women and children seeking a colonial haven beyond the boundaries of the United States.
During the passage ‘round Cape Horn, there were, according to Richardson “10 deaths, (4 adults and 6 children,) and 2 births. A male child born before doubling the Cape, was called Atlantic, and a female born this side is called Pacific.”
Included in the Brooklyn’s cargo manifest were farm implements, carpentry tools, and sundry supplies, as well as a printing press, typesetting equipment and other printing supplies later used to produce the California Star, the first newspaper published in San Francisco and the second in California. (Weekly Alta California)