with the Hawaiian Pilot [sister ship] in foggy conditions
and sank within 30 minutes.
S/S Hawaiian Pilot collided with the vessel -- striking
her on the starboard quarter -- vessel heavily damaged in danger
1330 July 15th 1953
Casualty reports made out & turned in to US Coast Guard
[Reference: Official Log of the Jacob Luckenbach, signed
by Captain and Purser]
In this case,
both vessels, operating under fog and low visibility conditions,
saw each other on their radarscopes while they were miles apart.
Both vessels had ample opportunity to plot a series of two or
more bearings and ranges to determine the course and speed of
the other. Neither vessel did this. Had the Master of the Hawaiian
Pilot taken this precaution, he would have known that the
object he mistakenly assumed to be the San Francisco Lightship
on the radarscope was, in reality, the Jacob Luckenbach;
and, collision, no doubt, would have been avoided.