July 24, 1935 – San Francisco – In tow of a Coast Guard cutter, the S.S. Calmar of the Calmar lines was brought into San Francisco harbor today for drydock examination of damage received in a collision with the Japanese freighter Koryu Maru.
The collision, which for a time carried a threat of a new maritime disaster, occurred close to the California coast during a dense fog.
Unable to determine the extent of the damage to his craft, Captain Axel Mikelsen ordered his crew of 36 into the lifeboats and prepared to abandon ship, after flashing SOS calls for assistance.
The Calmar remained afloat, however, and the crew returned to the vessel to assist the cutter Shawnee in putting a line aboard and towing the stricken ship from a point 15 miles southwest of the Golden Gate to drydock.
The Koryu Maru, less seriously damaged when her prow struck the Calmar amidships, also limped into port for repairs. The Calmar was outbound from San Francisco for the Atlantic coast with a general cargo. The Koryu Maru was bound for San Francisco from Yokohama and Los Angeles to pick up cargo. (Associated Press)
Ship Battles Gales, Safely Arrives in SF
July 1, 1901 – San Francisco – “The British ship William Law arrived in San Francisco from Yokohama. She made the run in the splendid time of 31 days marked by battles with five gales.
About two weeks ago there was a remarkable accident, attended by a fatality aboard. Two of the sailors fell from the upper topsail yard to the deck. One of them had his skull fractured and his shoulder, arm and leg smashed, while the other escaped with a sprained ankle. It was on June 19 last when Daniel Flynn and William Quigley were aloft, bending the main upper topsail. Flynn tried to pass Quigley on the yard, and losing his hold caught hold of his shipmate around the waist.
Flynn yelled, ‘Hold on tight, Quigley,’ but before the latter could brace himself the strain came and both were hurled to the deck.
Quigley was thrown against the braces and landed on the deck in a sitting position. He escaped with a sprained ankle and was able to bobble to the forecastle. Flynn fell on his head and lived only a few minutes. The deceased was a native of Ireland, aged 50 years.” (San Francisco Call)