Sea Captains: San Francisco 1800s
In 1893, Captain Jasper Stahl was Pilot of the Aurora and Captain Charles Thompson of the river steamer Apache. Both their licenses are suspended for five days.
December 5, 1891, Sacramento Daily Union, Sacramento, California, U.S.A.
River Steamboat Delayed
The steamer Apache, from San Francisco, was about five hours late in arriving here yesterday morning. A heavy wind prevailed on the bay on Thursday afternoon, and the steamer did nut leave her moorings until late in the afternoon. The fog early yesterday morning ou the river also delayed the boat.
September 1, 1893, San Francisco Call, San Francisco, California
SUSPENDED THEIR LICENSES.
Three Captains Laid Off by the Local Inspectors.
Two decisions were rendered by Local Inspectors of Steam Vessels E. S. Talbot and W. A. Phillips yesterday. One had reference to the steamer Newsboy striking the rocks near Point Conception early on the morning of August 2 last, and as a result of the investigation of that mishap the license of Captain C. J. Fosen as master and pilot is suspended for twenty days.
The damage to the Newsboy amounted to about $1500. She was on her way from Los Angeles to this port at the at the time and the weather was very foggy. The captain heard the fog whistle, but it was apparently at such a distance that he could nott distinguish clearly how it bore. He did not slacken his speed, and his course he changed from west by north to west.
In the opinion of the inspectors Captain Fosen should have immediately changed his course off shore, slowed up and taken soundings. By this means the mishap might have been averted.
The other decision was in respect to the collision which happened at 9 a. m. August 9 between the steamers Aurora and Apache at Collinsville, whereby the Aurora was damaged about $100.
Both steamers were bound down the Sacramento River, and the Apache passed the Aurora while the latter was lying at Tolando's Landing, and immediately afterward the Aurora left the wharf and soon overtook the Apache, coming up on the starboard side of her without giving any signal, so the Inspectors find, as required by rule 8 of the pilot rules and regulations.
It was further ascertained that the two steamers ran nearly side by side to Collinsville, the Apache's bow being a little ahead of that of the Aurora. The Apache was to make her usual landing at Collinsville and sounded her whistle, but in the positions the two steamers maintained it was impossible for her to do so unless either one of the steamers stopped. The evidence shows that about the time the Apache gave her landing signal she crowded upon the course of the Aurora in violation also of rule 8.
Captain Jasper Stahl was Pilot of the Aurora and Captain Charles Thompson of the Apache. Both their licenses are suspended for five days.
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