July 22, 1927 – The steamer Pacific Trader, entering San Francisco harbor from Portland, Ore., and the steamer Northland, leaving the harbor for Puget Sound with dynamite in her cargo, collided in a dense fog just off the Golden Gate about 11 o’clock last night, damaging the Northland so seriously that her crew abandoned her in a sinking condition.
The Northland, owned by the Atlas Steamship Company of San Francisco, arrived here Monday from Bellingham, Wash. She was built 1904 at Fairhaven, Calif., and San Francisco has been her homeport.
The Pacific Trader is owned by Furness, Withy & Co. and her home Port is London, England. The information regarding the dynamite aboard the Northland was broadcast by the Pacific Trader after the Northland‘s crew had been picked up.
Authorities ashore believed that there had been no explosion.” (Associated Press)
U.S.S. Warren Transformed into Jail
July 16, 1849 – Yerba Buena – Anchored in San Francisco Bay, the sloop U.S.S. Warren is pressed into service as a floating jail to hold 16 men arrested for rioting and “destroying several Chilean tents in different portions of the town.
The tents were torn down and destroyed, their contents stolen or damaged, and their occupants knocked down, shot at, and otherwise maltreated. The men are members of a gang styling themselves ‘Regulators’ or ‘Hounds,’ who had been for some time past disturbing the peace of this place, by acts of violence on peaceable citizens—by robbery and murder.”
The prisoners were arraigned with three found “Not Guilty” and the remaining 13 sentenced to substantial fines and terms ranging from 10 years “at hard labor” in state prison to $2,500 bonds “to keep the peace for 12 months.” (Weekly Alta California)
Valuable Fur Cargo Arrives From Alaska
July 28, 1908 – San Francisco – “The gasoline schooner Charles Hansen arrived in port yesterday morning from the Kuskokwim River, Alaska, with several cases of furs valued at $50,000, consigned to Frank Joaquin at Burlingame.
The furs are those of the silver fox, otter, marten and muskrat and were sent to Joaquin from his partners in the north.
The Charles Hansen was the first’ vessel to open navigation up the Kuskokwim River. It took several miners up to the Games Creek mining district, above Michaels, where big strikes are said to have been made.
Several passengers on the vessel stated yesterday that the new camp gave prospects of future importance and that already there were more than 1,000 people in there. The Nelson also brought 56 casks of salmon.” (San Francisco Call)