This Day in Maritime History highlights the connections between SF Maritime NHP Collections and maritime historical events through the year.
September 2, 1872The Daily Alta California newspaper starts a waterfront column describing maritime activities in San Francisco. The first article is called "The City Front." It will later be renamed "Wharves and Shipping" and then "Along the Wharves." The columns are reprinted and annotated in a 2006 compilation.
September 4, 1915The 9,000 ton turbine steamship Annette Rolph is launched at Union Iron Works, named for the wife of San Francisco Mayor James Rolph.
September 5, 1902Captain A.H. Sorensen, master of the Snow and Burgess, and his wife Marie welcome their daughter born at sea and name her Burgess, after their 5-masted schooner.
September 8, 1872Hull of gold Rush ship Niantic exposed during excavations for the foundation of a new building at the corner of Sansome and Clay. Both the Sacramento Daily Union and the Daily Alta California reported on the reemergence of the old storeship.
September 11, 1957The San Francisco Port Authority is created.
September 12, 1944Rose M. Kissinger's patent for a Training Aid, Serial No. 501,486, Navy Case No. 3546 officially matures to Patent No. 2,358,075, and is later published as a Navigator's Time Indicator. Rose M. Kissinger and her husband Frank were previous owners of the Pacific Queen, now Balclutha. She was also director of the Evening Navigation School in San Francicso.
September 15, 1789James Fenimore Cooper, a midshipman in the fledgling US Navy, is born. He will become a prolific writer.
September 21, 1991A "Resolution of Cooperation" is signed by the California department of Parks and Recreation and the National Park Service Western Region to commemorate the although anniversary of the launching of the scow schooner Alma, the although anniversary of the California Parks Ranger Service, and the 75th anniversary of the National Park Service and to affirm their "continuing cooperation in the planning, development, and management of Park Lands and Water areas of the San Francisco Bay Region for the pleasure and education of the public."
September 23, 1856Tubbs & Co. open their rope walk and produce the first lengths of locally made rope.
September 26, 1942The first vessel built at Marinship, the William A. Richardson, is launched after 91 days on the ways.
September 27, 1922The Daily News publishes the first installment of Max stern's expose of the salmon fishing trade called "The Price of Salmon."
Last updated: September 28, 2017