October 20, 1993 – San Diego – “The U.S.S. Hurricane was commissioned here last Friday, Oct 15, at the North Island Quay wall.
A crowd of hundreds saw the ship ‘come to life’ at the conclusion of the ceremony as the crew ran aboard ship, turned on power and ran up pennants and flags.
The Hurricane was built in a shipyard in New Orleans. It is designed to carry Seal teams and other special forces into beaches and rivers and away again at high speed and with whip-cracking maneuverability.
It fully demonstrated both on its trip here, and at tryouts after its arrival, according to Vice Admiral David Robinson, Commander Naval Surface Force Pacific Fleet, and Rear Admiral Ray Smith Commander Special Warfare Command.
Both were speakers at the commissioning ceremony, along with the builder, the sponsor, the commodore of the squadron it was joining, the Mayor of Coronado and other officials and dignitaries. It fell to the Commanding Officer, Lt. John P. Gelinne to read his orders, acknowledge the crew of four officers and 24 enlisted men and issue the order to “bring the ship to life.”
It was transmitted through second-in-command Lt. Timothy Grout, who narrated the event. It was noted that Lt. Gelinne was the only Lt. in the Navy serving as captain of a ship.
Also on board for the “coming to life” were members of Seal Team One, symbolizing the special forces who will be carried to their objectives aboard the Hurricane. They included Lt. Mark Kasel, Chief Patrick Ellis, Hospital Corpsman Brian Janis, Gunners Mate James Clark, and Hull technician Jeffrey Burden.
The night before on the Naval Amphibious Base centuries of naval tradition were served by a dinner for the officers, sponsor, builder, those in command and others involved in the ship’s beginnings. The celebration was made possible, paid for and arranged for by the Coronado Chamber of Commerce and the Coronado Council, of the Navy League who gathered contributions locally to welcome the ship and its crew. (San Diego Union)
Ship Ends Unhappy Voyage with Collision Off Lime Point
October 21, 1902 – San Francisco – “The American ship Elwell, which arrived yesterday, forty-eight days from Acapulco, ended an unhappy voyage by colliding when off Lime Point with the steam schooner W. H. Kruger.
The schooner, escaped with slight damage, but the Elwell lost her bowsprit and had her nose, literally torn away. The damage to the ship will cost about $10,000 to repair. Soon after the Elwell left Acapulco, the relations between officers and crew began to strain uncomfortably. Many of the sailors were sick, having the fever prevalent along the Central American coast. A number of the men claimed at different times to be unable to work. They called their indisposition fever; the mate called it laziness, and the difference of opinion resulted in an unhappy state of affairs, which on September 21 culminated in incipient mutiny.
Captain Ellis then took a hand and, provoked at the violent and mutinous language used by John Fitzgerald, a seaman, proceeded to put the mutineer in irons. Fitzgerald was prepared for the emergency and attacked the skipper with a razor, inflicting some serious wounds on the captain’s head and arms. Captain Ellis overpowered the sailor, however, and placed him in the forecastle in irons. He will be turned over to the authorities today.
The mate yesterday belittled the claims of sickness urged during the voyage by different members of the crew, but the worn-out appearance of some of the alleged shirkers lent strong confirmation to the sailor side of the story. The collision which resulted in ripping off the ship’s cutwater, occurred, yesterday forenoon.
The Elwell was sailing up the bay and the W. H Kruger was bound out for Port Los Angeles. The Kruger changed her course to avoid the strong eddy off Fort Point and was swung by the tide right across the bow of the sailing ship. She hit the Elwell a heavy blow, before which thick bolts, stout timbers and solid steel bands parted company like so much paper.
The Kruger escaped with a few unimportant abrasions, but, as she was carrying passengers, she was compelled under the law to return for a survey. She resumed her voyage about 4:30 p.m. The Elwell, which came up in ballast, will be repaired and then laid up until freights are better.” (San Francisco Call)