December 22, 1908 – San Francisco – The Pacific Mail liner Korea, Capt. S. Sandberg, sailed from San Francisco in the early afternoon for the Far East via Honolulu with a large number of cabin passengers, 350 Asiatics in the steerage and a large cargo.
The freight included an unusually heavy shipment of raw cotton and a consignment of jinseng root. Ginseng is valued by the Chinese for medical purposes. It is worth $7 a pound and the shipment on the Korea is valued at more than $140,000.
A strong ebb tide made taking the liner from the wharf a task of some difficulty.
Captain Sandberg did a good job of it, although for a few seconds it seemed as if the big liner, squeezing against the pier, must surely take part of the structure with it. R. P. Schwerin, who was on the wharf, raised his hand deprecatingly at the tide as the piles began to crack, but the current either failed to see the gesture of disapproval or ignored it, for it kept the steamer jammed tight against the pier until the Korea had scraped its way to the bitter end. (San Francisco Call)
Pilot Boat Staggers Over the SF Bar
December 31, 1887 – “The pilot boat Theodore Allen had quite an experience yesterday while crossing the bar going to sea under double reefed canvas.
It was blowing half a gale at the time and the spray was carried in sheets across the deck of the little craft. She was, however, like a duck to the heavy seas until one heavier than its predecessors, laid her on her beam ends. Almost immediately a second sea struck the little schooner, washing her fore and aft, flooding the cabin and upsetting the stove.
So deep did the Allen bury herself in the mass of water that a man who was engaged in doing some work on the fore gaff disappeared for a moment. Staggering under the weight of water the little schooner righted herself just in time to receive a third tremendous sea which again washed her fore and aft.
After that things bettered and the Allen was soon out of the turmoil and in comparatively unbroken water beyond. The upsetting of the stove, however, had almost set fire to the cabin.” (Daily Alta California)
Coast Guard to Investigate Major Collision
December 21, 1980 – Long Beach – Harbor officials Sunday inspected damage to two massive freighters that collided in pea-soup fog off the Southern California coast, ripping holes in both vessels ‘big enough to drive a car through.’
The Coast Guard said the collision of the 11,086-ton Claire A. Tsavliris, a Greek vessel, and the 7,279-ton Transocean Ram, registered in the Philippines, occurred at 9:40 a.m. PST Saturday in dense fog about 25 miles off the coast of Oceanside, Calif.
The Greek ship, which had been bound for China with a cargo of diamonium phosphate fertilizer, was towed into Long Beach Harbor early Sunday. The Transocean Ram, with a load of steel and general cargo from Japan, arrived in the harbor Saturday night under its own power. (Associated Press)