Shipwrecks in Pacific Waters
The San Francisco Call, March 26, 1898
WRECK OF THE BOBOLINK.
The schooner started out with the land breeze from Mendocino City last Thursday, but became becalmed and drifted ashore. One of the crew lost his life while trying to reach land. The vessel will be a total loss, but her cargo of lumber will probably be saved.
ANOTHER WRECK ON THE COAST
The Schooner Bobolink Lost on the Coast of Mendocino.
Peter Nelson Lost His Life
While Attempting to Reach the Shore.
Dog From the Helen W. Almy Washed Ashore
Near the Oceanside House.
Another vessel has been wrecked on the coast. The schooner Bobolink left Mendocino City last Thursday morning with every prospect of making a quick passage to San Francisco. The land breeze carried her off the coast, but it soon fell light and the schooner began to drift. Everything posible was done to save her, but before nightfall she was hard and fast on Kents Point, near Mendocino City. An attempt was made to get her off, and while the men were at work one of the boats capsized, and Peter Nelson was drowned.
The Bobolink was loaded with lumber for the Mendocino Lumber Company, and while the vessel will probably be a total loss, the chances are that the cargo will be saved. The schooner was built in 2868 in Oakland Creek, and was 161.67 tons net burden. She was 104 feet 5 inches long, 29 feet 3 inches broad and 8 feet 9 Inches deep.
The American ship Susquehanna sailed yesterday for New l'ork in command of Captain Sewell who took charge of the vessel at the last minute. Captain Laflin cleared the vessel, but he will remain here a few days and will then go East to take command of another of the Sewell fleet. The Susquehanna has a cargo that would make her a valuable capture for a Spanish cruiser in the event of war. Among her cargo is 5470 pigs of lead, 142,646 pounds of beans, 601,069 pounds of borax, 184,267 feet of hardwood lumber, 28,970 cases and 254 barrels of salmon, 13S tons copper matte and 305,803 gallons of wine . . .
Nearly the entire fleet of coasting steamers has been withdrawn from the regular channels and is now engaged in the Dyea-Skaguay trade. Twenty-six San Francisco-owned steam schooners are running between Portland, Seattle and Tacoma and Juneau, Dyea and Skaguay. Beside these there are thirteen other steamers now on the way here from Eastern points to join in the general rush, so a big break in rates may be expected before many weeks are over.
The three-pile beacon on the end of the shoal at the entrance to Mare Island Strait, San Pablo Bay, has been destroyed. The piles remain and are just awash at high water. The beacon is to be rebuilt as soon as practicable. The crews of the life saving stations have been patrolling the beach from Point Lobos south to Point San Pedro for the last few days in the hope of picking up something that might come ashore from the wreck of the Helen W. Almy. Yesterday while near the Ocean- Bide House they found the remains of a black doc. It wore a muzzle, also a steel collar, on which was engraved "Nigger Bohen." H. Mohns of Mohns & Kattenbach asserts most positively that there was no dog on the Almy when she sailed. Others say, however, that Captain Hogan owned a dog called "Nigger Bohen," and that it went to sea with him.
Captain Hodgson of the Fort Point life saving station is going out on the lighthouse tender Madrona to destroy the wreck of the Almy. Until that is accomplished the old hulk will be marked at night with a red light. The tug Vigilant returned from a search after what was supposed to be a vessel in distress yesterday.
The Point Reyes observer thought he saw a vessel sending up rockets and notified the tug office. Captain Sllovich searched the coast from Point Bonita to Tomales and saw no trace of a wreck so he came to the conclusion that the rockets were fired by some vessel in want of a pilot.
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