September 9, 1850 – San Francisco – On Friday evening last, the ship Sea Witch anchored off Rincon Point in close proximity with the steamer Ecuador, the consequence was that during the night they came in contact, and the latter received considerable damage, having her mainmast and smoke pipe carried away.
On Saturday night, the steamer Senator, in coming in from Sacramento, ran into the brig Caleb Curtis, just arrived from sea and at anchor off North Beach Point, doing her a considerable amount of damage―the jib-boom, bowsprit and cat heads being carried away; also, the night heads, breast hook and cutwater started.
The Senator received but little damage. The Caleb Curtis was anchored in a proper position, and consequently the fault of the incident rests entirely with those in command of the steamer. (Daily Alta California)
Marinship Delivers Tanker Kettleman Hills
September 9, 1944 – Sausalito – The T-2-type tanker Kettleman Hills was delivered to the U.S. War Shipping Administration from the Marinship yard in Sausalito.
The ship was the first of a series of 32 large tankers which were built there and christened with the names of important California oilfields.
The Kettleman Hills was the 51st ship to be built in the 28 month history of Marinship. Each of the “Hills” class tankers were over 525 feet long, of 16,500 deadweight tonnage, and driven by turbo-electric motors of 8,250 hp.
The Elk Hills, the second ship of this class was launched on August 22, just 54 days after the keel was laid, with the Lost Hills sliding down the ways on August 29. (Pacific Marine Review)