Balboa

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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.”


January 21, 1949 [Santa Cruz Sentinel]: “The Balboa, purse seiner that was destroyed, often was on this side and moored in the bay. The 86-foot Balboa, out of San Francisco and owned by James Davi of San Francisco, caught fire and the Coast Guard immediately dispatched a patrol boat from Santa Barbara. Capt. Joe Sansone and his crew of 10 were taken off by the fishing boat New Roma. It was near Anacapa Island, off Port Hueneme.”