Monday, November 28, 2011

Ocean Greyhounds Are Now Racing -- November 28, 2011

From the 18-August-1901 San Francisco Call. William A Coulter did many maritime drawings for the newspaper. Click on the image for a larger view. Caleta Buena is a port in Chile.


The Androsa Beat the Emilie Ciampa Into Port Easily.
The British ship Androsa and the Italian bark Emilie Ciampa had an exciting race of it from latitude 16 north to San Francisco. On that occasion they were in company and exchanged signals. Captain Maresta said his vessel was from Antwerp and bound for San Francisco, while Captain Morgan responded that he was from Caleta Buena, and also bound for San Francisco. The result of the run up the coast was that the Androsa beat the Ciampa twenty-four hours into port. When the two vessels were in company it was only blowing about six miles an hour and there was just enough wind to keep the sails filled. During the night a breeze sprang up and the vessel parted company to meet again in this port.

The Androsa brought up a cargo of nitrate, and it turned out in perfect order. In fact, Herman and Mills, the stevedores, say they never saw a nitrate cargo that turned out as well. She will take in 3100 tons of general cargo for Liverpool, and as she has just come off the drydock should make a quick run. The Androsa has been all around the world during the last eighteen months. From Antwerp she went to Sutidswall, Sweden, in ballast, and from there took a load of lumber to Delagoa Bay. From the latter point she went to Newcastle, N. S. W., in ballast, and there loaded coal for Valparaiso. From Valparaiso she went to Pisagua in ballast, and from the latter point was ordered to Caleta Buena, where she loaded nitrate for San Francisco. A new patent anti-fouling paint was put on her before she sailed on her eighteen months' voyage, and it proved so effective that when she went on the Union Iron Works drydock there was hardly a barnacle found on her bottom.

Captain Morgan of the Androsa is well known in San Francisco. He was here as chief officer of the Somali when Captain Hanney brought her in after her long passage around the Cape of Good Hope. While here the captain of the Androsa died, and Captain Morgan was at once offered the position. He accepted it and has been in the vessel ever since. He is a clever navigator, a thorough gentleman, and, like every true sailor, very proud of his ship.

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