Sea Captains: San Francisco 1800s

Charles A. Gore

June 4, 1907, Los Angeles Herald, Los Angeles, California


By Associated Press.

SAN FRANCISCO, June 3. The new United States cruiser Milwaukee sailed today for Santa Barbara channel, where her final trials will be made. Before being accepted by the government the vessel must maintain a speed of twenty-two knots an hour for four hours and develop within 80 percent of forced draught power and maintain a speed of twenty knots.

Before returning to this port the guns of the Milwaukee also will be tented.

The vessel is commanded by Captain Charles A. Gore. The board of Inspection consists of Capt. Clover, Capt. Sutherland, Commander Reeves, Commander Marsh, Naval Constructor Stocker and Lieutenant Commander Eberle.

August 10, 1909, Los Angeles Herald, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Vessel Caught in Ice Ships New Propellers
Repairs Under Way on Steamer Puritan

Victoria, B.C., August 9 -- The steamer Puritan is at Esquimault to make extensive repairs in consequence of damage sustained in the Ice near Cape Nome. Captain Gore said the vessel was eleven days in the ice, and broke all blades from the propeller In getting tree. From two to three knots an hour was made by the use of square sails and the stumps of the screw blades.

A new seven-ton propeller was shipped with difficulty by the crew from a scow in the open roadstead at Cape Nome after the stern had been tilted up by tlie unloading of two-thirds of the cargo from the afterholds. The men who worked on staging hung over the stern fastened by life lines were washed from the staging several times while engaged on the repairs, which occupied three days.

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