News from 1903: Capt Rinder succeeded by Capt Armstrong

Mark Baber

Jul 4, 2000
The San Francisco Call, 23 October 1903
Retrieved from the California Digital Newspaper Collection web site,
California Digital Newspaper Collection

Will Command Mongolia
Captain John H. Rinder, commander of the steamship Coptic, has resigned from
the service of the White Star Line to accept the command of the Pacific Mall
Company's new liner Mongolia. Chief Officer Beadnell will command the Coptic
for the next voyage, but upon her return to this port Captain F. H.
Armstrong, who has been appointed to relieve Rinder, will take charge.
Captain Rinder is well known here. His first visit was in 1875, when he came
as an apprentice on the British ship Golden Gate. He was here later as
captain of the bark Childwell. He entered the service of the White Star Line
in 1889 and has for thirteen years been on the steamships chartered to the
Occidental and Oriental Steamship Company running between this port and the
Orient. Eight of those thirteen years Rinder has been in command. His
appointment to the Mongolia came as a surprise in the little world
interested in such matters and may cause some heartburning among those
Pacific Mall officers whose ambition caused them to count themselves in line
for one of the new big ships. Rinder is a capable navigator, however, and
understands the Oriental trade.

Captain Armstrong, who is to succeed Rinder, has a strong contingent of warm
friends at this port and is as well known and highly considered in all the
ports of the Orient. He was here for many years as chief officer of the
Belgic, in which vessel he returned to England. He is at present in command
of the Persic, one of the White Star Line's Australian liners. Armstrong was
probably one of the most universally liked officers that ever sailed out of
this port and when he left the mantle of his popularity fell upon the broad
shoulders of his shipmate, Harry Gaukroger, now chief officer of the Doric.
Armstrong and Gaukroger are both peculiarly gifted in the art of making
friends for themselves and for the company In whose service they are rising,
and in a popularity contest their names would stand side by side at the
head of the list. Nobody is more pleased than Captain Rinder at the
selection of his successor. "There in nobody," he said yesterday, "to whom I
would sooner surrender my command than to Armstrong." The Mongolia will be
here about the end of the year.


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