Bremen

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Bremen was lost in a heavy fog at South Farallon Island on October 16, 1882.


Bremen (#) (1858-1882), 328-foot long iron-hulled ship built in Greenock, Scotland by Caird & Company, shipwrecked at the Farallon Islands in October 1882.

Under Capt. Dougal, Bremen was approaching San Francisco in a heavy fog, 118 days out from Liverpool. At 1:00 a.m. on October 16, 1882, the captain was about to give the order to heave to and wait for better visibility, when the cry of "breakers" and "land" was heard. The ship went head-on to the northwest side of South Farallon Island, the after part going underwater and the vessel "striking heavily" in a severe swell. All hands were saved.


  • October 16, 1882 [Farallon Logbook, National Archives]: “Wind northwest, light, weather clear. oo A.M., 1:30 A.M. fog set in. On going to the engine room noticed a bright red light at the Sadel [sic] Rock and could hear voices. Started siren at 2:30 A.M. At 5 A.M. discovered a large ship disbanded and on the rocks. Make the ship name out Bremen. Up till sundown. Could see nothing in sight but the mainland. No signs of ship's company. At midnight wind northwest gusts and very clear.”


  • October 17, 1882 [Farallon Logbook, National Archives]: “Wind strong northwest. Weather clear. Sea rough at 11:00 A.M. Signaled Pilot Boat No. 2 to report wreck of ship Bremen. 3 P.M. tug boat off the south end. 8 P.M. wind strong northwest. Weather very clear.”


  • October 18, 1882 [Farallon Logbook, National Archives]: “Wind calm. Sea smooth. Boarded ship Bremen with 3: [David R.] Splaine and 1 asst. [John] Webb at 10:00 A.M. The clock in ship's cabin had stopped <1:20>, U.S. steamer Manzanita arrived at 1:00 P.M. Worked all hands taking in coats [?] till 5:00 P.M. Steamer Hassler round to South End. Lay there till morning light. North west wind during the night. Weather very clear.


  • October 19, 1882 [Farallon Logbook, National Archives]: “Wind light northwest. Sea rough. Weather clear. The Manzanita left the island 8 times, returning 8:30 A.M. Got my statement in by battleship boat. Picked them up and the steamer left 9:45 A.M. 8:00 A.M. wrecked ship broke in two. 8:10 A.M. main mast went by the board. 3:00 P.M. fog set in.