This Day in Maritime History, August
August 1, 1819Herman Melville is born in New York City. He will later write what is considered by some to be the greatest English language sea novel, Moby Dick.
August 5, 1775The launch from the ship San Carlos becomes the first European vessel to enter San Francisco Bay, according to the articles in the summer 1975 issue of the Sea Letter.
August 11, 1950The first Seattle Seafair celebration took place August 11-20, 1950. Boat racing, including hydroplaning, on Green Lake occurred on August 18-20 and proved to be a major crowd pleaser.
August 12, 1962Kenichi Horie, the first person known to sail alone across the Pacific Ocean, arrives in San Francisco on board the Mermaid.
August 14, 1894Patent certificate No. 524,500 is granted to Stetson G. Hindes of San Francisco, California for "a new and useful improvement in Screw-Propellers."
August 15, 1914The Panama Canal opens.
August 16, 1944The SS Matsonia earns the 1944 Port Director's Award for service in World War Two.
August 19, 1964Kenichi Horie signs the Research Center's rare copy of his book Kodoku about his solo sail across the Pacific.
August 27, 1849John N. Stone, passenger bound for California around Cape Horn, writes in his diary, "… to our inexpressible joy, and in uncontrollable excitement, we quickly found that we had at last entered the "Golden Gate"…we all had reason to be joyful at this termination; and, moreover, thankful, that life itself had been preserved to us all during so long a voyage- not only from perils of the sea, but under a change of habits, and a regime of diet, to which few of us had ever before been subjected." (California gold rush voyages, 1848-1849: three original narratives, p. 164)
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