September 7, 1911 – Santa Barbara – “Lost in a blanket of fog, the three-masted lumber schooner Comet, Captain Borgenson, with 620,000 feet of pine from Gray’s Harbor for San Pedro, ran onto a reef off Richardson’s Rock about 20 miles south from Point Concepcion Wednesday night and was so badly stove in that it was necessary to beach her on San Miguel Island, after the strong current had swung her off from the rocks.
She now lies at a point not far from the wreck of the lumber schooner W. S. Coleman, which went ashore on San Miguel Island several years ago. Captain Borgenson with his wife and part of the crew made their way in a small boat to Santa Rosa Island and were brought to this city yesterday morning by Manager Frank Pepper of the Santa Rosa Island Company in his power schooner Santa Rosa Island. Acting on the advices from Hooper Brothers of San Francisco, owners of the Comet, Borgenson accompanied by the captain of the steam schooner Raymond, returned to the scene of the wreck yesterday afternoon to ascertain whether it will be possible to save the vessel, but about all that he hopes for is to tow the wreck to this city and save the cargo. The Comet is believed to beyond repair. If the inspection is favorable, the Raymond will proceed at once to San Miguel to endeavor to pull the Comet off the beach.
The Comet was built in 1886, was valued at about $12,000, and carried a cargo valued at $13,000 and a crew of eight men. Part of the crew remained with the wreck.
‘Richardson Rock is recognized as a particularly dangerous point and the lighthouse board recommended two years ago that a lighthouse and a fog signaling station be established there, but Congress failed to make the necessary appropriation. I thought,’ said Captain Borgensen, ‘when the Comet was freed from her first perilous position, that I would be able to bring her to Santa Barbara, but she filled rapidly and I soon found that she was badly stove in. She became water logged and I knew the best I could do was to beach her on San Miguel. She is lying in a favorable position and unless the seas become heavy, we may be able to get her off. Her hull must be in bad shape. There was a hard wind as well as a heavy fog when she struck.The ship’s chronometer must have been faulty for we were about ten miles off our course.’
Mrs. Borgenson, who was with the captain on his fateful cruise, accompanied him to this city and brought with her the ship’s cat. Mrs. Borgenson left on the afternoon train for San Pedro, where she will visit relatives. While the Comet has not been in this port for some years, she was formerly a frequent caller here. On the occasion of her last visit she dragged anchor during a southeast blow and drifted into the wharf, being very nearly wrecked. The two captains left yesterday at 4 p.m. for San Miguel in Larco’s launch, the Miramar. They expect to return here early this afternoon with a decision as to the attempt to float the wreck. The Raymond will be finished with her discharging by that time, and if there is any hope of getting the stranded schooner off she will go at once to the scene.” (Santa Barbara Weekly Press)
Overdue Steamer Finally Arrives in Bay Area
September 27, 1907 – San Francisco – The German steamer Assuan of the Kosmos Line arrived in San Francisco after a six month voyage from Hamburg.
“The vessel is generally four months in making the run, and would have done so this time but for the fact that when it arrived at Salina Cruz it received orders to put back to Panama. At that place it remained 14 days, taking on 2,500 tons of freight that had been lying there awaiting one of the Pacific Mail steamers to transport it up the coast, but as the Mail Company was short of steamers, the Kosmos liner was put into the service.
The freight was destined for Central American and Mexican ports and took two months time to deliver it. Hence the delay.
Meantime, many of the merchants of this city were protesting that their goods were 60 days overdue.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
New Ship Launched Scheduled at UIW
September 17, 1902 – San Francisco – “The American-Hawaiian Steamship Company’s Arizonan, sistership to the big freighter Alaskan, will be launched at noon of September 20 from the Union Iron Works.
The new vessel will be provided with oil furnaces.” (San Francisco Chronicle)