Balboa (#235502) (1937-1949), 81-foot commercial purse seiner which burned and sank off Anacapa Island on January 19, 1949. Because her purse seine net was floating around the vessel at the time of the fire, the Coast Guard was unable to approach close enough to fight the fire aboard. Balboa was from San Francisco, and all of her crew survived the accident.
In the News~
January 18, 1949 [The Bakersfield Californian]: “Sinking reported. Los Angeles—The hulk of the purse seiner Balboa sank off Anacapa Island today after burning, the Coast Guard reported. The service reported the crew of 11 was taken off by another fishing boat.”