July 15, 1941 – Los Angeles – “The S. S. Iowan, only ship ever to be shown on Marine Exchange lists as entering port from Point Conception, will be towed out of port Thursday for San Francisco.
The 5,165-ton steam freighter, grounded at Point Conception last June 12 and is reportedly the only large merchant ship ever to be salvaged from the ‘Graveyard of the Pacific.’ Brought back here, the Iowan was placed on drydock at the Bethlehem shipyard and temporary repairs were made to cracked bottom plates, engines and boilers.
Then the ship was shifted to the American-Hawaiian Line docks in Wilmington where 2200 tons of cargo destined for San Francisco were removed.
The trip north will be made completely empty and the Iowan will go into a shipyard in the bay city for complete overhaul and rebuilding preparatory to being turned over to the United States Navy.” (San Pedro News-Pilot)
‘Sort of Mutiny’ Aboard the Tartar
July 12, 1856 – San Francisco – “A complaint was lodged at the Police office by the captain of the ship Tartar, to the effect that there was a sort of mutiny on board, and his hands refused to man the vessel and help him out of the harbor, as he desired to sail for the southern cast.
Several police officers went on board and ironed about a dozen of the seamen who were the most rebellious. Upon investigation it was found that the seamen complained of the quality of the provisions, which were represented to be in a very unwholesome state, and which had already caused many of them to become sick with the scurvy.
The sailors say that on their late voyage they were compelled to eat almost rotten food, and rather than go out of port again with such fare they would prefer to die, and this was the cause of the revolt.
The matter will be investigated by the authorities soon, when further of the singular affair will be known.” (Daily Alta California)
Schooner Sinks on the Napa River
July 8, 1908 – Napa – “The schooner Robert Henry, a vessel plying between Napa and San Francisco, sank this morning in the Napa River while attempting to pass through the Third Street drawbridge.
The vessel was heavily laden with sand and the tide had become so low when the schooner was permitted to pass through the bridge that she struck a snag and damaged her hull.
The bridge could not be closed all day and electric cars could not pass over the river on the way to Vallejo. Loss on the vessel and cargo will be about $5,000 and to the electric road several thousand dollars.
Mrs. C. Olsen of San Francisco owned the schooner.” (San Francisco Call)