Pacific Coast Steam safety recordContinued


Jim Kalafus

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JAN NIELSEN and others: There was just a book published , Great Shipwrecks of The Pacific Coast, by Robert C. Belyk, which goes into great detail on the history and semi-legal activities of the Pacific Coast Steamship Line. Although it is not a history of the line per se, the majority of the wrecks covered in the book are of PCS ships. Worthwhile reading, and readily available at the major bookstores.
 
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James,
How are you? I came across a picture of a White Star Line ship, moored in San Francisco Bay, recently. It turns out to have been the Belgic. Apparently, the Occidential and Oriental Steamship Company, which is associated with the Pacific Mail Steamship Company (not the Pacific Coast Steamship Company), has leased White Star Line ships for its Pacific trade. Both companies (Occidental and Pacific Mail) were headed up by R. P. Schwerin. Interestingly, Schwerin is a figure in First Class Passenger, Dr. Washington Dodge's story. In any event, to me, this suggests that Senator George Perkins' interest in the Titanic Subcommittee hearings may have been in connection with its competitor, Pacific Mail, which was apparently associated with White Star to some extent.
 

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