October 12, 1920 – San Pedro – “Los Angeles harbor was the scene of hurrying and scurrying today. Stevedores were busy unloading the largest cargoes to arrive here from the Orient and eastern possessions, carried by a fleet which smashed all harbor records for the number of vessels to enter or leave.
This fleet came from all parts of the world. One of the vessels, the West Hika, commanded by Capt. Charles Reiner, carried 4,000 tons of valuable goods from China. Included in the hold of the West Hika were toys, firecrackers, chinaware, earthenware, wooden ware and other unusual merchandise.”
Two days later, the Herald reported that, “Evidence concerning the alleged smuggling into this port of liquor and merchandise valued at approximately $5,000 by Capt. Chas. Reiner and members of the crew of the steamer West Hika today was delivered to the United States Attorney’s Office by Collector of Customs Elliott.”
In an investigation that uncovered a “vast bootlegging ring” and the disappearance of a substantial amount of the confiscated liquor, Reiner was found guilty in federal court of smuggling the liquor in violation of the Volstead Act and was given 30 days to pay a fine of $2,000. (Los Angeles Herald)
CalShip Bids to Purchase Craig Shipbuilding
October 15, 1915 – Long Beach – “With the recently organized $5,000,000 California Shipbuilding Company ready to absorb the entire Craig Shipbuilding company’s plant at Long Beach, and with the probability that the new company will receive contracts for the building of three to five of the submarines for the United States government, all Southern California rallied today to the project to make Los Angeles harbor the submarine building and maneuvering center on this coast.
This, it is declared, will be a big forward step in the line of “preparedness.” For, on the basis of maximum speed and lowest price for the building of five of the submarines, the California Shipbuilding Company is held to be the lowest bidder of the two Pacific coast companies that competed. The other bidder was the Union Iron Works of San Francisco. Not only will the award of the contract for the building of three to five of these submarines mean that the great shipyard at Long Beach will become the greatest exclusive builder of war vessels on this coast, but army and navy engineers agree that Los Angeles harbor is ideal for tests and maneuvering of these wasps of war.
It is held that within the clear, quiet waters of the harbor with their sandy bottoms, the submarines can be tested out with the greatest degree of certainly of results. And the close proximity of deep sea waters just outside the sheltering harbor affords the best possible Held for maneuvers and tests of the sea wasps on the coast, with the minimum of peril. The United States government is seeking a maximum of speed for Its sixteen new submarines.
The California Shipbuilding company, according to the figures, based its bids upon a maximum of speed. The Union Iron Works of San Francisco, the only other bidder on the Pacific, did not bid at all for a contract providing for a maximum speed. Its bid was for “five boats or none,” at $550,000 each for submarines of the surface or 10 knots submerged. The Union Iron works bid $518,000 to build a 880-ton submarine with a speed of no more than 13 ½ knots on the surface or 10 ½ knots submerged.
The California Shipbuilding Company offered to build three to five submarines of 485 tons each for $548,000 each, each vessel to have a maximum surface speed of 14 knots on the surface and 11 knots submerged.
This bid, it is held, is $7500 lower far the five submarines than the Union bid, while it provides for the maximum surface and submerged speed desired by the government. If these contracts are awarded the California Shipbuilding Company, its officers declare, the concern will immediately absorb the Craig plant and devote its attention exclusively to building warships.” (Los Angeles Herald)