August 31, 1916 – Long Beach – Owing to the shallowness of the channel in which it was launched at Long Beach today, the new United States submarine L-6, the first submarine built on the Pacific Coast, stuck in the mud a few seconds after it was launched and several hundred men with tugs and dredgers were put to work to extract the war craft.
The L-6 is now resting on its side, at an angle of 45 degrees, with its bilge keel caught in the mud. According to experts from the California Shipbuilding Company, where the boat was built at the cost of $560,000, it may take until tomorrow to drag the undersea fighter from Its position.
Blame for the accident, which greatly marred the ceremonies attending the launching of the L-6, is laid upon the city commissioners of Long Beach by the officials of the shipbuilding company for not seeing that the expected work on the channel was properly done.
At high tide at 10:35, when the craft entered the water, there was only ten feet of water in the channel. When it is extracted from the mud, the submarine will be taken to the dry dock slip, where the water is deep enough for it to remain. (Los Angeles Herald)
The Brave Schooner Golden Shore Stands By
August 28, 1898 – San Francisco – In the early part of May last the British ship Crown of India sailed from Newcastle, N. S. W., for San Francisco with a cargo of coal.
When 150 miles off shore, she was caught in what is now known in Australia as ‘the Great Maitland Storm’ and partly dismasted.
During that terrific hurricane vessels scudded past the dismasted Crown of India, some of them under bare poles, some under goose-winged lower topsails, some making heavy weather of it and some snug, but the only one that stood by the ship in distress was the San Francisco schooner Golden Shore.
In spite of the wind and waves. Captain Rasmussen hove his vessel to and remained in the vicinity of the Crown of India until the storm abated. He then stood on his way and finally landed his cargo in Sydney, N. S. W. When the Golden Shore had discharged her cargo she went to Newcastle, N. S. W., and when the Moana left was loading coal for San Francisco. The Crown of India was towed into Sydney, and Captain Corkhill lost no time in returning thanks to Captain Rasmussen.
Through the Mayor of Newcastle he presented the brave American master with a handsome gold locket and Mrs. Rasmussen with an elegant diamond. Captain Rasmussen’s present bears the following inscription: “From Captain Corkhill of the British ship Crown of India to Captain Rasmussen of the American four-masted schooner Golden Shore—the ship that did stand by. (San Francisco Call)