September 25, 1941 – Sausalito – “Because the ship is settling fast and will stay afloat longer without the extra weight, the masts of the schooner Commerce were cut off Saturday, leaving the old sailing vessel shorn of her last claim to seafaring glory.
Constructed in Alameda in 1901, the Commerce was used to carry lumber to Australia and bring copra back to San Francisco. She later did local hauling jobs, anchoring 15 years ago in the San Francisco Bay.
Dr. L. L. Stanley of San Rafael, San Quentin prison surgeon, later purchased the picturesque ship, and since 1938 the Frank J. Coopers have lived aboard as caretakers.
Recently the Coopers moved to a Sausalito apartment because of the inconvenience of commuting from ship to shore in a rowboat. In the summer of 1939 two young San Francisco advertising men, Ward Tanzer, who is now in Tahiti, and Prentice Messimer, now of Southern California, lived aboard the vessel, moving only when fall rains dampened their clothing, bedding and enthusiasm.
Hauling of materials for the construction of the Carquinez Bridge was the last job for the Commerce and her crew. Through the years one of her sides has been knocked out and the tides ebb and flow through part of the hull. The rest of the boat will be salvaged.” (United Press)
Schooner Resumes Eel, Salt River Service
September 2, 1887– Port Kenyon – The Esther Cobbs became the first schooner in several years to transit the Eel and Salt Rivers when she was towed across the bar and up to Port Kenyon by the tug Roberts.
After the discharge of her cargo of brick and salt, she was drawn up to the new pier at the Port Kenyon mill and loaded with about 80,000 feet of spruce boards.
Five years previously, in May 1882, the two-master was outfitted with equipment and chartered to salvage the wreck of the steamer Brother Jonathan, which sank in 1864 after striking St. George Reef, about eight miles off Crescent City. (Daily Alta California)
Picketers Idle Dollar Liner Over Meal Complaints
September 5, 1935 – San Francisco – A tie-up of the Dollar liner President Pierce by a walkout of firemen and seamen was reported today by the Waterfront Employers Association.
The employers’ organization said the longshoremen refused to work the ship when a picket line was thrown around it at a local pier. Demand for the discharge of a steward “because the crew did not like the meals served them” was the sole ground given for the walkout.
In Oakland, the steam schooner Hoquiam, of the Oakland Scavenger Co., was tied up by a strike of the crew for higher wages and recognition of the seamen’s union of the Pacific. (United Press)
First Isthmian Line Ship Arrives in San Pedro
September 1, 1920 – San Pedro – First of a line of fifteen vessels which are to ply under the flag of the Isthmian Steamship company between New York and Pacific Coast ports, by way of the Panama Canal, the steamship Steel Worker wirelessed at 8 o’clock last night that she was 250 miles south of San Pedro, and will probably arrive here late tonight.
Three weeks ago the same ship, bound for Puget Sound porto, failed to touch at San Pedro, so that her arrival today will mark virtually the inauguration of the new service.
Following the Steel Worker will come the Steel Engineer, the Steel Seafarer and twelve others of the fleet, all similarly named. The Steel Worker brings to San Pedro a cargo of 1500 tons of steel, mostly from the United States Steel Products Company, New York. It consists of pipe, structural steel and beams, wire nails, staples, barbed wire and steel plate.
Announcement was made by the Pacific Electric company yesterday that adequate preparation has been made to” haul heavy loads of steel to the oil fields and shipbuilding yards in the region. (San Pedro Daily News)