to put about. Vessel misstaged. Let go anchor. 7:30 P.M. Light
Ship bore N. by E. about 6 miles. Wind N.S.W. Vessel heading from
S. To. S.S.E and when we heard breakers I figured to be 5 miles
West of Point San Pedro.
Built for the
Pacific Coast carrying trade, the schooner made a number of coastwise
voyages before she was lost on August 2, 1910. Sailing from San
Francisco with a cargo of general freight, lime, hay, and 14,000
board feet of lumber for the sugar plantations of Theo. H. Davies
at Hana, Maui, Hawaii, James Rolph was swept by the current
and plagued by the lack of a strong breeze. In the thick fog,
her master, Capt. A. Olsen, did not see the schooner sail close
into shore. At 10:00 p.m. the captain heard surf and ordered the
ship tacked offshore, but it was to late and James Rolph
crashed into the rocks at Point San Pedro, grounding 50 feet from
shore at the same spot where the four-masted bark Drumburton
had been lost in 1904. Rolph's crew managed to reach shore
safely, but the vessel could not be pulled off the rocks. Tugs
attempted to haul James Rolph free but wreckers from Capt.
T. P. Whitelaw's salvage firm stripped the wreck of usable fittings
before abandoning James Rolph to the waves.
Delgado & Haller