This Day in Maritime History highlights the connections between SF Maritime NHP Collections and maritime historical events through the year.
November 5, 1900Whaler Charles W. Morgan leaves San Francisco for Japan & Okhotsk. She returns almost a year later with 1200 barrels of sperm oil, 375 barrels of whale oil, and 2000 pounds of whalebone.
November 8, 1922The Daily News publishes the thirty-seventh and final installment of Max stern's expose of the salmon fishing trade called "The Price of Salmon."
November 11, 1885The three-masted, full-rigged ship Circe was launched at Alexander Stephens & Sons in Glasgow, Scotland for use in the nitrate trade between Chile and France.
November 14, 1865At 11:25 a.m. the monitor Camanche is finally launched to the cheers of over 25,000 well-wishers gathered within the shipyard, in elevated seats along the west side of the yard, and on the tops of buildings and hill sides surrounding the shipyard.
November 15, 1856The clipper ship Neptune's Car arrives in San Francisco after a 136 day voyage from New York. Near the Horn, her captain was striken with a brain fever. His 19 year old pregnant wife, Marry Patten, took command and succussfully navigated the dangerous waters bringing her crew and cargo safely to port.
November 15, 1906Steamer Yale is launched, named by Laura B. Hadley, daughter of Yale University president.
November 21, 1910At approximately 2:00 a.m., two would-be pirates attempted to take over the SS Buckman, run it aground, and make off with $2 million in gold dust they believed the ship was carrying. Although their efforts were thwarted by the crew, they did shoot and kill the captain before one of the pirates ran and hid in his bunk while the other escaped overboard empty-handed.
November 26, 1910Captain Robert Falcon Scott and his crew leave New Zealand to set out for Antarctica in order to be the first to reach the South Pole.
Last updated: October 20, 2017