September 12, 1936 – Eureka – “Officers of the battered lumber schooner F. S. Loop reported yesterday that she has sailed her last voyage.
The ship is not worth the cost of repairing the damage she received in a heavy northwest storm this week, and insurance adjusters have agreed to pay off on the basis of a total loss, it was announced.
Her crew, with the exception of four officers, were discharged and paid off Friday morning, her cargo will be removed while she remains at a Eureka wharf, and she will be sold to the highest bidder as junk.
Thus the thrilling battle of last Monday and Tuesday in which her 22 officers and men fought a bitter but winning fight to keep the craft afloat, turns out to have been the final chapter in her 29-year career.” (Tribune News Service)
Officers, Crew of Moses Taylor Praised by Passengers
September 17, 1862 – San Francisco – “The officers and passengers of the Moses Taylor, returned this morning, report in substance as follows: ‘First day out encountered squalls at half-past eleven o’clock p.m. At midnight a strong gale set in from the northwest and continued all next day, with thick weather. Afternoon of 12th the wind moderated, but at nine o’clock p.m. another heavy gale set in; she ran before it with foresail and reefed topsail. Nine o’clock Friday night, the center shaft of the engine broke. The ship soon broached to and lay in the trough of the sea, rolling fearfully.
An hour afterwards the fore topmast was carried away, taking with it head of foremast, which involved complete wreck of headgear. Lower mast was cut away to clear ship of wrecked spars and rigging. “At midnight the gale increased in violence with heavy sea. Next day at three o’clock in the morning, the port engine was disconnected and the starboard engine got to work. The gale continued. One steerage passenger jumped overboard, exclaiming: ‘It’s all over with us.’ He was well dressed; name unknown. It is reported that another steerage passenger was knocked overboard when the mast carried away. At midnight, Saturday, weather moderated, and ship headed for San Francisco.’
The steamer arrived in San Francisco the following day. A four-man committee, appointed by the steamer’s passengers, later penned a resolution that appeared in the Daily Alta California on December 16: ‘At a meeting of the passengers per steamer Moses Taylor, from San Francisco hence to Panama, the undersigned Committee was appointed to draft resolutions expressive of their feelings to the officers of the ship during her late disaster.
Resolved: That we, the passengers of the Moses Taylor, fully realizing our indebtedness to the gallant officers and crew of said ship, for our happy deliverance from a watery grave on the night of the 12th inst., feel that we cannot too highly complement each and every one of said officers and crew for their noble, brave and seamanlike conduct upon that eventful occasion.
Resolved: That we particularly wish to endorse Capt. Howes, First Officer Johnson and Chief Engineer Scott, as being most trustworthy seafaring gentlemen, to whom too much praise cannot be bestowed, and in whom the public may place implicit confidence while in their charge, and to whom we feel we are indebted to the pleasure at this time of subscribing to these resolutions. Signed: James K. Turner, S.B. Westcott, M.M. Tilton, Chas. A. Vedder, Committee.’
In January 1863, after extensive repairs, the Moses Taylor returned to service with the Nicaragua Steamship Company, steaming out of the Golden Gate as an opposition steamer with orders for Panama to connect with the steamer Illinois on the Atlantic side.”(Daily Alta California, Sacramento Daily Union)