This Day in Maritime History highlights the connections between SF Maritime NHP Collections and maritime historical events through the year.
This Day in Maritime History, July
July 1, 1952Mary Tornich Janislawski becomes a member of the Institute of Navigation.
July 3, 1939Mary Tornich Janislawski is granted a credential in special subjects to teach navigation and nautical astronomy in special day and evening classes for adults by the California State Board of Education.
July 4, 1776The Declaration of Independence is adopted by Congress, as described on the Park's Oriana dinner menu of Sunday, April 11, 1965.
July 8, 1895According to the Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record report, Schooner C.A. Thayer, the Thayer was launched at 2:09pm in Fairhaven, California.
July 9, 1857Clipper ship David Crockett arrives in San Francisco for the first time after a trip of 122 days from New York City,
July 14, 1851The extreme clipper ship Snow Squall, built by Alford Butler, was launched at Turner's Island in Cape Elizabeth (now South Portland), Maine.
July 15, 1896The US Navy commissions the battleship USS Oregon (BB-3) and names H.L. Howison her commanding officer.
July 17, 1944"Rush" More, the canine mascot of the USS Rushmore, begins a war-time correspondence with Miss Eleanor Blewitt, the woman who christianed the Rushmore and presented the ship's crew with their mascot "Rush."
July 20, 1851John A. Edgecomb writes home to family in New York about sailing on the west coast and life in San Francisco and the Gold Rush.
July 23, 1900A passing whale snags the kedge anchor of the pilot schooner Gracie S while she is anchored for the night on the pilot station. The whale tows the schooner for a distance of 5 knots at high speed, almost pulling her bow under, before the line parts and the whale escapes with the anchor. Gracie S cruises cautiously for the rest of the night through great schools of whales which were presumably migrating grays.
July 28, 1922The ship Tamara leaves San Francisco headed for England. She is "The last sailing ship of any nation to make the eastward passage of Cape Horn from the West Coast," according to Last days of sail on the West coast, San Francisco harbor by Walter MacArthur, p. 64.
Last updated: August 1, 2018