October 10, 1947 – San Francisco – “The dirge-like boom of a distant cannon marked the arrival of the U.S. Army transport ship Honda Knot as she silently entered San Francisco Bay carrying the remains of 3,028 U.S. servicemen killed in the Pacific Theatre during World War II.
A Coast Guard cutter led her into port, flanked by a pair of Navy destroyers, and an Army tug behind as an aerial honor guard of Army, Navy and Marine Corps fighter planes passed overhead.
A brief ceremony was held aboard the ‘funeral ship’ as she lay off the Marina before proceeding to the Oakland Port of Embarkation, where the remains were off-loaded for transportation to points throughout the country.
The Honda Knot is the first ship to return war dead to the U.S. after the end of the war.” (Associated Press)
Liner Belgic Arrives in San Francisco
October 9, 1888 – San Francisco – “It is learned that about one thousand Chinese originally intended to take passage on the Belgic, which arrived today. Owing to the Scott Bill being before Congress, all but 176 concluded to wait and learn the result before taking passage for this country.
It was learned from officials of the ship that the Chinese on the Belgic do not feel very anxious about the matter of landing, and that the utmost confidence is expressed by them that all those holding return certificates will be landed.
The steamer is closely guarded by customs officers, and if the Chinamen come ashore it will have to be on habeas corpus.
On the other side of the dock the City of New York lies with about 110 still on board. The Belgic was delayed on the voyage four days by head winds and high seas.” (Daily Alta California)
Scow Schooner Missing, Presumed Lost
October 13, 1893 – Oakland – What has become of the scow-scow Ætna? At a late hour yesterday afternoon not a sign of her could be seen about the bay, and she had not arrived at her destination, Oakland Creek, although she sailed away for the estuary at 5:30 o’clock Wednesday evening from Main Street Wharf.
Wednesday night the bay was as smooth as a mill pond with scarcely a breath of air ruffling its even surface, and a very gentle swell that rolled in through the Golden Gate was the only movement in the way of an undulation.
But the Ætna is gone. Whether she sailed away for some hidden cove on the other side of Angel or Alcatraz Island, spread out her sails, wing on wing, and was fanned away for San Pablo, or has gone to the bottom with her crew of two men, is what is bothering the scow’s owner and spreading anxiety among the friends of Captain Johnson, who generally steered the Ætna through her dangerous voyages across six miles of bay water. When the Ætna left Main Street she had on board a load of coal and was pretty deep down in the water.
She spread sail, stood away for the Oakland side, drifted slowly into the stream and when darkness closed in she was well over toward the creek entrance. Since then she has not been seen or heard of Mrs. Ketchell is managing owner of the Ætna. She detailed her agent to look for the scow as the vessel had not reached Oakland at 4 o’clock in the afternoon. Every wharf on the water front of San Francisco was inspected, but not a sign of the missing schooner could be discovered.
Inquiry was made at Berkeley and Alameda, but no Ætna materialized. Much conjecture was indulged in by those who heard of the mysterious disappearance of the schooner, and it was suppositionally stated that she had “turned turtle” and gone to the bottom. It is not an impossibility by any means that this surmise Is correct. If the vessel had been heavily laden mid in addition carried a deckload, as bay scow-schooners often do, she might have been capsized by a heavy swell from a passing ferry-boat.
The tide was running very strong Wednesday night and the Ætna may possibly have drifted toward the Contra Costa or Marin shore. One man assisted Captain Johnson in handling the vessel. She is a scow schooner of 22 tons gross register and was built in this city in 1885. She has been used to carry coal from Main Street to the Davie Ferry Company’s wharf in Oakland. (San Francisco Call)