August 13, 1893 – San Francisco – “Reports from Lompoc state that the vessel ashore at Government Point was a small freight steamer and was about seventy-five yards off the Point, lying on the starboard side. The men have returned to Lompoc from Point Conception, but could not tell the name of the vessel.
The supposition is that the vessel and all on board are lost. It may be definitely announced that the wreck is not one of the Pacific Coast Steamship Company’s fleet.
When the first news came there were fears that it might be the Bonita or the Alex Duncan, but both these vessels arrived yesterday. It is not the Lakme, which left here July 28 for Santa Monica. Her owners heard from her in answer to telegraphic inquiry.
The only other steamers which suggest themselves to well-informed shipping men here are the Newsboy, Captain Fosen, 150 tons, which left here July 27 for Santa Monica, and the wrecker San Pedro. She is a sort of scow with two masts, working at the British ship Goldenhorn on one of the islands, and may have struck the Point en route to Santa Barbara. There is no information leading to the belief that the wreck is a lumber vessel.
The planks mentioned in the first dispatch as having come ashore were not a part of her cargo but a part of her deck. If there are any small craft, sail or steam, plying to Southern California ports from the Columbia River or from Puget Sound the fact is not known here. One guess is that she is a smuggler and that the crew were afraid to land when she first struck.” (Daily Alta California)
Alaska Strikes Blunt’s Reef, Sinks
August 13, 1922 – San Francisco – “Passengers and members of the crew of the steamer Alaska were blown from the decks of the vessel into the ocean when the ship’s boilers exploded as the Alaska started sinking alter twice hitting on Blunts Reef last Saturday night, survivors brought here said. The Alaska struck the reef shortly after 9 o’clock p. in. last Saturday night.
Immediately wireless distress signals were flashed. Five miles away the steamer Anyox of Vancouver, B. C, picked them up and, disregarding fog and danger of striking the same rocks as the Alaska, put on full speed to the rescue. At 9:30 o’clock the Anyox received the Alaska‘s final message: “We are sinking by the head.” Before the Anyox could reach the stricken Alaska the latter had sunk. In the fog the Anyox came upon a lifeboat with survivors from the Alaska. The boat was partially filled with sea water and oily scum. The oil, survivors said, had been thrown over them and into their boat by the explosion of the Alaska‘s boilers, which wrecked the Alaska amidships. Some of the deaths were declared by survivors to have been caused by the explosion, which threw some passengers and members of the crew into the ocean. Some of those blown into the sea regained the vessel or were saved by clinging to wreckage or finding their way into lifeboats.
Others, it was declared, either were killed or drowned before help came. The Alaska‘s end came so quickly that all the vessel’s lifeboats could not be got overside. J. H. Moss of Chicago and C. L. Vilin, also of Chicago, said the lifeboat they finally reached had been swept off the decks of the Alaska as the ship settled into the ocean. Other lifeboats, they declared, never left their davits and went down with the ship. H. S. Laughlin of Washington, D. C, where he is connected with the United States Shipping Board, was quoted to the effect a man and wife of the name of Phillips tried for an hour to be taken into a lifeboat after they had been thrown off the Alaska into the water.
The survivors all praised the efforts of the officers and crew of the rescue ship Anyor under Captain Snoddy. When the Anyox picked up the first lifeboat and took its passengers aboard Second Officer Andrew Sinclair requested permission of Captain Snoddy to take the Alaska‘s lifeboat and seek survivors in the water who were swimming about and clinging to wreckage. Three seamen volunteered to accompany Sinclair. They took the lifeboat and within thirty minutes had rescued thirty persons from the water, rafts and wreckage, and had put them aboard the Anyox.
Captain Harry Hobey of the Alaska, the survivors declared, went down with his ship. Coast guard vessels Sunday patrolled the waters about the wreck. The coast guard tug Hanger brought in twelve bodies, all covered with oil. Later fishermen brought five additional bodies here. Passengers criticized the Alaska’s lifeboats. It was said some were not properly manned, had insufficient oars and leaked when put into the water.” (Daily Alta California)