July 14, 1949 – Los Angeles – “Owners of the Greek Liberty freighter Ioannis G.Kulukundis, aground on a sandbar 140 miles northwest of here since Sunday, have served notice of abandonment to her cargo underwriters.
Max Linder of Trans-Marine Navigation Co., local representative of her London owners, said today the notice declares the vessel ‘structurally a complete loss.’
The 422-foot vessel, carrying 9,000 tons of bulk and sacked wheat from Vancouver, B. C, to British South Africa, struck the bar off Point Arguello in the ‘Graveyard of the Pacific’ during a heavy fog.
Efforts of tugs to pull her free have proved futile. She is listing badly and Linder said ‘her back is broken’ and she has 22 feet of water in her number three hold. Only one tug is standing by.
Linder said her skipper, Capt. G. Mastrominas, lias been asked to decide whether anything else can be done to salvage her. The value of the vessel is estimated at $300,000 and her cargo at $630,000.” (Associated Press)
Japanese Ships Delay Arrivals
July 26, 1941 – San Francisco – “Three Japanese vessels scheduled to dock at Pacific Coast ports delayed their arrivals today, presumably because of President Roosevelt s order freezing Japanese credits in the United States.
At the same time the last Japanese vessels still docked when the order was announced sailed for Japan, leaving the West Coast ports clear of Japanese freighters and tankers and bringing to a halt a foreign commerce which runs into scores of millions of dollars annually. Japanese trade moving over San Francisco piers alone is estimated at $50,000.000 annually.
There was no official comment on failure of the three vessels to arrive on scheduled time. One of them, the 17,600-ton NYK liner Tatuta Maru, carrying a $300,000 cargo of silk, was to have docked Thursday. Then it was announced it would arrive this morning. At the time set for its docking, however, NYK line cancelled orders for a lunch which was to have met the incoming vessel. NYK spokesmen said they didn’t know what was going to happen to the ship which has many Americans among its passengers.
The other two boats were merely overdue. They were the tanker Daisan Ogura Maru, coming in from Japan to Richmond, and the freighter Sagami Maru, which was to have docked at San Pedro form Chile.
Maritime circles estimated that there were at least 40 Japanese freighters and tankers which had cancelled trips to the Pacific coast of the United States and Latin America or which were hove to oft shore along the western coast awaiting instructions. There was some possibility Mexican and other Latin American ports might be used.” (Associated Press)