San Francisco Call, Volume 108, Number 65, 4 August 1910
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SCHOONER GOES ON POINT SAN PEDRO
James Rolph Wrecked and Will Probably Be a Total Loss
The four masted schooner James Rolph, which left here Tuesday for the Hawaiian islands, went ashore at 10 o'clock Tuesday under the shadow of Point San Pedro and will probably be a total loss. Captain and crew are still on board and in no danger. Mrs. Olsen, the captain's wife, was brought to this port yesterday by the tug Defiance. Mrs. Olsen was the only member of the ship's company who suffered any personal loss, and that did not occur until she was jumping ashore yesterday afternoon from the tug, when she lost the heel of her right shoe. She recovered the heel later.
The James Rolph, Captain A. Olsen, with 200 tons of general cargo and 14,000 feet of lumber, was bound for the port of Hana. After being towed to sea Tuesday morning Captain Olsen made Bail and did the best he could to tack seaward against a wind that was contrary and uncertain. As the day wore on a heavy fog settled down over the ocean. The wind also lost much of it force and at 10 o'clock at night Captain Olsen found himself in the breakers. He tried to wear ship, but.it was too late, and the James Rolph went plunging in among the rocks on the top of a high tide. When the tide went out It left the Rolph with its bowsprit over the dry sand and its hull securely riveted to the beach by a big rock that' pierced the bottom just forward of amidship.
OWNERS VISIT WRECK
Hind, Rolph & Co. are the managing owners of the vessel and James Rolph Jr., who visited the wreck yesterday, said: "The captain could see the highlands back of the beach, but was deceived .by a low fog into approaching too close to the shore. He did notv realize this until he heard the breakers, and then it was too late. The vessel is ashore almost on the very spot where the .British ship Dumbarton stranded about five. years ago. In fact, I got on board . the schooner this afternoon by climbing out over the steel frames of the Dumbarton. It is extremely doubtful whether we can get the vessel off, as there is one big rock through the bottorn and perhaps two. We are going to take tugs and lighters there in the morning, however, and will make a try. 'All hands are on board and comfortable. The men have saved all their things and are in no danger, but as a precaution the life saving crew from the Golden Gate station will stand by during the night. Captain Louis. Turner, representing the underwriters, went down yesterday on the Defiance and is now on board. There is 18 feet of water under the stern and 5 feet under the bow."
The James Rolph is a vessel of 556 tons register and was built in 1899 at Eureka. The schooner Is valued at $130,000 and was insured to the exten of About $5,000.



San Francisco Call, Volume 108, Number 71, 10 August 1910
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SHIP HELD FAST IN FANGS OF REEF
Schooner James Rolph Can Not Be Saved and Wreckers Are Stripping Vessel

The schooner, James Rolph has been bandoned as a total loss, and its bones will be left to rot on the rocks at San Pedro, where, within a stone's throw, are still in the ribs of other victims of a current that sets inshore. Hind, Rolph & Co., managing: owners of the James Rolph, did everything in their power to save the vessel, and did not give up until tackle that was supposed o be unbreakable snapped like glass without budging the schooner an inch. It was believed that one and perhaps two rocks had pierced the schooner's bottom. It now appears that the hull was punctured for practically its entire length and that through each puncture a chunk of the reef is protruding. Sufficient power to drag the James Rolph from the rocks would tear the schooner into kindling wood. The wreckers are now engaged in removing: everything from the schooner that can be pried or cut adrift. Captain Olsen, who lost the vessel, will have no investigation to face, as the jurisdiction of the government inspectors is confined to steam vessels. In the shipping world it is believed that the accident would have been averted if Captain Olsen had' made proper use of the lead, as the vessel was in soundings from the time of leaving this port, at 4 o'clock in the afternoon, until 10 o'clock at night, when Captain Olsen found himself among the breakers.