News from 1913: Death of Capt. Metcalfe


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MAB note: 1. The inconsistent spelling of "Metcalf(e) is in the original and and in nearly forty years' worth of California newspaper articles. 2. Metcalfe brought Belgic to the Pacific in 1875, not 1878 as reported here. 3. A Maryport native and nephew of Thomas Ismay, Metcalfe commanded Belgic I on both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans from 1874 to 1877, Oceanic I on the Pacific from 1877 to 1890 and Doric I on her maiden voyage to New Zealand in 1883.

The San Francisco Call, 4 March 1913
Retrieved from the California Digital Newspaper Collection web site,
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CAPTAIN JOHN METCALFE, MARINE EXPERT, DIES
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Lloyd's Representative and Relative of Ismays, Succumbs at Home

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Captain John Metcalf, surveyor to Lloyds' Register and one of the best
known and loved figures in the local shipping world, died in his home in 851
California street about 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon.

During the last four or five years his health had been poor and for the last
live weeks he was confined to his bed. There are four children, all
daughters. They are: Mrs. K. S. Swan, Miss Edith W. Metcalfe, Mrs. J. B.
Kaufman and Miss Constance N. Metcalfe.

The funeral arrangements have not been completed.

As an expert on matters marine Captain Metcalfe enjoyed a reputation that
was good throughout the seven seas. He was a nephew of the late James B.
[sic; should be "Thomas H."] Ismay, founder of the White Star line. Bruce
Ismay was his cousin. It was for the White Star line that Metcalfe first
came to San Francisco, in 1878, to take command of the old White Star liner
Belgic, then operated by the Occidental and Oriental Steamship company
between here and Hongkong.

He was later given command of the Oceanic, on which he remained until he
quit the sea to go into business with J. B. Wooster, his father in law.
Captain Metcalfe had married, a few years before, Miss Kate Wooster. She
died, and a few years ago the Captain married Mrs. North, who had been one
of his first wife's closest friends. His business venture did not prove
successful and after a trip to England Metcalfe returned here as Lloyd's
representative.
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DEATHS
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METCALFE---In this city, March 3, 1913, John Metcalfe, beloved husband of
Annie C. Metcalfe, loving father of Mrs. E. S. Swan, Mrs. J. B. Kaufman and
Miss Edith W. and Constance N. Metcalfe, and stepfather of George L. and
Chester North, a native of Maryport, England, aged 67 years 2 months and 23
days.

Funeral notice hereafter. Remains at Gray's chapel, corner of Geary and
Divisadero streets.

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The San Francisco Call, 6 March 1913
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NUMEROUS FRIENDS AT SERVICES FOR METCALFE
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Funeral of Popular Business Man Largely Attended by Lifetime Acquaintances
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A large gathering of friends honored the memory of the late Captain John
Metcalfe yesterday when they assembled at Gray's chapel, Geary and
Divisidero streets for the funeral services. The interment was private.
Captain Metcalfe was one of the best liked men in the local business world
and there were few men of prominence in the affairs of the port who were not
either present in person or represented.

The pall bearers, all lifetime friends, were H. P. Frear, P. A. Becker, John
H. Rinder, R. H. Swayne, W. H. Stewart, R. S. Moore and John Leale.

The honorary pall bearers were J. Jerome, Robert Bruce, F. S. Samuels, W. G.
Leale, R. Christie, H. P. Gray, W. G. Tubby, R. B. Huey, James Tyson, H. C.
Tabrett, Edmund L. Woods, A. F. Pillsbury, Fred Gardner, Philip Thayer, W.
A. Bissell, John Barneson, George H.. Higbee, J. Hogg, F. Mills, J. C.
Rohlfs, Captain Watson, George Meyer, O. W. Cook, H. Rosenfeld,. Robert
Dollar, William Matson and Bernard Faymonvllle.

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