This Day in Maritime History, May
May 1, 1849Captain Henry Cleaveland sails Niantic from Panama towards California.
May 2, 1855Point Bonita lighthouse first lit.
May 4, 1895USS Oregon leaves the Union Iron Works dry dock and is berthed alongside the shipyard's wharf to await the mounting of armor-plating that is coming from the East Coast.
May 9, 1934"The San Francisco local of ILA, at a meeting attended by 1,500 men, voted unanimously to strike on the morning of Wednesday, May 9. Simultaneous votes were being taken in all other ports with overwhelming decisions to strike." --Mike Quin, The Big Strike. Olema Publishing Company, 1949, p. 45
May 12, 1959The San Francisco Chronicle reports on Wednesday, May 13, 1959, that on the night before comedian Jonathan Winters was escorted from Balclutha's gangway to the dock (not from aboard the vessel, as the urban legend states) after insisting that his ticket to board the vessel gave him the right to climb the ship's rigging.
May 21, 1908The brigantine Galilee sailed through the Golden Gate completing her third and last magnetic survey cruise for the Carnegie Institute of Washington.
May 23, 1891The Park's scow schooner Alma is launched at F. Siemen's shipyard in South San Francisco, as reported in the San Francisco Call, volume 70, number 7 (June 7, 1891).
May 27, 1907Environmentalist and marine biologist Rachel Carson is born. While best known for her book, Silent Spring, Carson also wrote many books about marine science including The Sea Around Us, one of Dean King's 101 Crackerjack Sea Books, and a starred title in Robert Greenhalgh Albion's Naval & Maritime History; An Annotated Bibliography.
Last updated: June 7, 2018