September 5, 1904 – San Francisco – The four-masted British ship Drumburton, Capt. William C. Thomas, lies pinioned on the sharp rocks off Point San Pedro, thirteen miles or so below the Cliff House, where her big iron hull is destined to remain until the storms and heavy seas of the coming winter crush it to fragments.
The wreck of the Drumburton is the result of the dense fog that hung over the coast all day Saturday, with treacherous ocean currents. She will be a total wreck and all that can be saved is her sails and rigging and such other portable property as may be transferred to a lighter.
The remarkable circumstances attending the wreck is that there was no loss of life, no hardship to the officers and crew beyond the weary all-night vigil and the labor attending the constant bailing of the ship’s three boats which started to leak at every seam when lowered into the water. The vessel struck at 6:30 p. m.
The Drumburton sailed from this port yesterday morning in ballast bound for Puget Sound to load cargo for Valparaiso. She is valued at $45,000, and is insured for $38,000. For the past eight months she has been lying idle at Oakland. She belongs to the Western Commercial Company of this city and was under charter to Renton Holmes & Company. Her crew consisted of twenty-four men.
Capt. Thomas said, “From the moment we left the heads we were in fog, which got denser every minute. We passed close enough to the light ship to make her out through the fog and hall her. I took my departure from the light ship and stood out to sea, but the fog was so dense that everything was shut in all around us. We could see or hear nothing. The wind was light, between southwest and west southwest, very light, sometimes enabling us to make only steerage way.
We were not making over four knots when she struck. I had been holding the course for a time, and the first thing we knew we saw breakers ahead and the next instant she struck. That is all I can say at this time. When I make my official report I shall give a full, detailed account of every movement of the ship. I attribute the grounding to the strong current, an uncertain and variable one that sets along this coast. It was impossible to take bearings and determine positions in that fog.” (Los Angeles Herald)
Tanker, Freighter Collide South of the Golden Gate
September 29, 1962 – San Francisco – “A 755-foot American super-tanker and a 335-foot Colombian cargo ship collided early today 20 miles south of the Golden Gate in fog “so thick you couldn’t see your own shoelaces.”
At 6:45 A.M. PDT, two hours after the first SOS was received from the SS Titan, the American vessel, crewmen of the Colombian freighter Rio Magdalena were reported to be standing by in lifeboats on the deck, awaiting a possible order to abandon ship. The Coast Guard said the Rio, which left San Francisco at 12:55 a.m. bound for Los Angeles, had requested medical aid. There was no report of the number of casualties on either ship.
The Titan was beginning to head for port under its own power, the Coast Guard said. The super-tanker was inbound to San Francisco after a trip from Portland, Maine, via Texas and the Panama Canal.
The Titan was reported to have taken on water in the forecastle, but was in no danger of sinking.” (UPI)
Sailor’s Union Opens San Francisco Office
September 21, 1886 – San Francisco – “The Coasting Sailors’ Union have opened a shipping office at No. 10 Steuart Street, opposite the office of the Merchants’ and Ship Owners’ shipping office, and yesterday shipped several crews to vessels taking all Union men.
The Ship Owners claim that the sailors’ strike is over and have notified vessel-owners to ship their crews through their office.
It is said that the Sailors’ Union has virtually ended the strike, as the coasting boarding-houses, numbering over thirty, have exhausted their patience and been to a considerable loss keeping sailors so long without recompense.
The schooner W. S. Bovine on Sunday shipped a full crew of Union sailors who were willing to go without the assistance of the Union.” (Daily Alta California)