American Rose (#) (-1952), 85-foot purse seiner that exploded and sank off San Clemente Island on December 8, 1952. All twelve crewmen were saved.
In the News~
December 8, 1952 [News-Pilot, San Pedro]: “Harbor seiner burns. The $100,000 harbor purse seiner American Rose burned to the waterline early today while fishing between San Clemente Island and the Cortez Banks. Eleven men aboard were picked up uninjured by the fishing boat West Coast. The Coast Guard reported the blaze broke out at 3:25 a.m. Skipper of the vessel was Tom Tanashita of Long Beach. Coast Guard cutters dispatched to the scene were scheduled to return to the harbor by noon today with the crew. Owners of the 85-foot craft were listed as the West Coast Packing Corp. and Raymond Dragich of San Pedro. Cause of the fire was undetermined.”
December 9, 1952 [LAT]: “All safe as fishing boat burns, sinks. The $100,000 purse seiner American Rose burned to the water line and sank early yesterday 17 miles off the west end of San Clemente Island, the Coast Guard reported. None of the 11-man crew was injured. They were picked up by the fishing boat West Coast and transferred to a Coast Guard cutter which brought them to Los Angeles Harbor. The fire, of undetermined origin, started on the 85-foot purse seiner about 3 a.m. The Coast Guard dispatched a plane and three cutters to aid in the rescue operation. The American Rose was owned by Raymond Dragich, 4351 Miraleste Drive, San Pedro, and the West Coast Packing Co. of Long Beach.”
September 3, 1964 [News-Pilot, San Pedro]: “...This was the second time for Raymond Dragich to escape death in a boat sinking. He and 11 other crewmen were saved in December, 1952, when the purse seiner American Rose exploded and sank off San Clemente Island... ”