September 29, 1962 – San Francisco – A 755-foot American super-tanker and a 335-foot Colombian cargo ship collided early today 20 miles south of the Golden Gate in fog ‘so thick you couldn’t see your own shoelaces.’
At 6:45 A.M. PDT, two hours after the first SOS was received from the SS Titan, the American vessel, crewmen of the Colombian freighter Rio Magdalena were reported to be standing by in lifeboats on the deck, awaiting a possible order to abandon ship. The Coast Guard said the Rio, which left San Francisco at 12:55 a.m. bound for Los Angeles, had requested medical aid.
There was no report of the number of casualties on either ship. The Titan was beginning to head for port under its own power, the Coast Guard said. The super-tanker was inbound to San Francisco after a trip from Portland, Maine, via Texas and the Panama Canal.
The Titan was reported to have taken on water in the forecastle, but was in no danger of sinking. (United Press International)
Reef at Monterey Claims the J.B. Stetson
September 3, 1934 – The steam schooner J.B. Stetson went onto a rocky reef off Monterey in a thick, early-morning fog.
Her bow smashed in, the ship began to take on water immediately with her engine room flooding and her crew scrambling on deck in their pajamas.
Her master, Capt. F.W. Hubner had estimated he was at Cypress Point, three miles south of the entrance to Monterey Harbor. In fact, he turned the 837-ton ship onto the shore near the golf course on the 17-Mile Drive. Repeated soundings of the ship’s horn roused the course’s matron, who telephoned the Coast Guard Station at Monterey.
The USCGC Daphne was dispatched and took the steam schooner’s crew and her mongrel mascot, Flossie, aboard. Neither the ship nor her cargo of general merchandise could be salvaged. (San Francisco Chronicle)