July 29, 1943 – Los Angeles – Named for the late Rear Adm. Daniel Judson Callaghan, USN, former naval aide to President Roosevelt, the U.S.S. Callaghan, a destroyer, will be launched Sunday at the Bethlehem shipyard, the Navy announced today.
The ship will be christened by the naval officer’s widow, now a resident of Coronado, Calif. Members of his family will attend.
Adm. Callaghan was a veteran of more than 35 years’ navy service and served as presidential naval aide from 1938 to 1941.
He was killed in action Nov. 13, 1942, in the Solomons while on duty on the bridge of the U.S.S. San Francisco, as chief of staff and aide to the commander of the South Pacific area and South Pacific force.
Born in San Francisco July 26, 1890, he graduated from the Naval academy June 3, 1911. (San Pedro News-Pilot)
Maritime Goings On at San Francisco
July 19, 1889 – San Francisco – “Among the arrivals yesterday was the schooner Glen, Captain Jorgensen, 47 days from Apia. She is consigned to A. Crawford & Co. with 36,000 cocoanuts. There is on board besides a steam launch, ammunition and wreckage of the U. S. steamers Vandalia and Trenton, wrecked at, Apia on March 16th last in a hurricane.
After unloading the cocoanuts the Glen will go up to Mare Island to discharge the Government stuff.
The wreck of the bark Lizzie Williams will be sold to-day at auction at the Merchants’ Exchange at 1:30 o’clock in the afternoon. The Lizzie Williams was wrecked at Tugidak Island, off Alaska.
Captain Whitelaw has dispatched the wrecking scow San Pedro to San Buenaventura to work on the wreck of the oil steamer Hardison, which was burnt there recently. The coal steamer Ajax completed its twenty seventh trip yesterday between Coos Bay and San Francisco, in thirty nine hours, bringing 780 tons of coral, Captain Jensen in command.
A new cross-jack yard is being made for the British ship New York, to replace the old one, which is quite rotten.” (Daily Alta California)
Last Of Libertys To Be Launched
July 16, 1943 – Sausalito – “Friday night will see the launching of the last of Marinship’s Liberty ships, the S. S. Jack London.
The Jack London will be the 15th Liberty ship built and launched at the local yard. The William Richardson was the first one to be launched.
The yard is now building tankers and has already launched a number of them. Mrs. Charmian London, widow of the famed author of “Call of the Wild,” “The Sea Wolf,” “Son of the Wolf,” “Valley of the Moon,” etc., will be a special guest at the launching.
Sponsor of the vessel will be Mrs. Ann Pendleton Loud, a welder in the yard, chosen by lot for the sponsorship.” (San Francisco Chronicle)