July 12, 1914 – San Francisco – The “dry” navy rule did not extend to the christening of the navy oil tanker Kanawha, at Mare Island today, for Miss Dorothy Bennett, daughter of the yard commandant, sent the big hull speeding down the ways to its baptism with the crash of a bottle of wine across its bows.
Miss Bennett also christened the keel of the Kanawha’s sister ship, the Maumee, which will be laid July 20.
A large crowd watched the ceremony. The Kanawha, the largest oil tanker ever built at a government yard, was 50 per cent completed when launched. She was built in the record time of seven months.
Orders call for the completion of both the Kanawha and the Maumee by January 1, 1915. The limit of cost for each is $1,200,000. (San Francisco Chronicle)
Two Tankers Collide Off Monterey Bay
July 26, 1919 – Monterey – Colliding at sea, the Standard Oil tanker Bradford and the Associated Oil tanker Frank E. Buck are both putting back into port here. The collision occurred at an early hour this morning, said a wireless to the Marine Exchange, but details as to damage are not given. Both vessels are plying under their own steam.
The Bradford was enroute from Talara Bay for Vancouver. The Buck left yesterday evening for Los Angeles.
The collision occurred off San Pedro, Monterey Bay, during the darkened hours of the morning. It was reported that no one was injured when the vessels came together. (International News Service)
Schooner, Steamer Repeat Performance
July 3, 1908 – San Francisco – “The steamer Saginaw, which arrived Sunday, reported having been in collision at 7:30 p.m., July 3, with the schooner Zampa off Point Vincente. The Saginaw suffered to the extent of about $100. The schooner lost some of its head gear.
The steamer Daisy Freeman, which arrived here yesterday, reported having been in collision with the same schooner in about the same place three hours later on the same night. Both collisions occurred during a heavy fog. The second collision seems to have awakened the master of the Zampa to a realization of the fact that he was drifting along the lane of coastwise travel and liable to be rammed at any time and with more serious result.
He appealed to the master of the Daisy Freeman, who took the disabled windjammer in tow and brought it into San Pedro. The Daisy Freeman was bound to this port from San Pedro when the Zampa crossed its path. The Daisy Freeman escaped without a scratch. A heavy southeaster was encountered July 21, and at the height of the gale the ship began to steer a course like the Tamalpais Railroad.
Investigation showed that the rudder stock had been carried away. All sail was taken off the vessel, and Captain Penhallow had his men lower him over the stern. With an auger he bored a role in the rudder and through this drove a stout bolt, to which the jury steering gear was attached. As the schooner settled down astern with every big sea, the skipper’s task was disagreeable and not without peril. The temporary gear served all right.
Baffling winds compelled the schooner to steer a devious course.” (San Francisco Call)