Pectan

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Pectan (#212911)(1902-1914+), 471-foot steel-hulled oil tanker built by the Shell Oil Company which ran aground on San Miguel Island at Adams Cove near Point Bennett with a crew of forty-nine. She was en route from Chile to Port San Luis on January 21, 1914 when she went ashore. She was able to free herself without damage. After several ownership changes, the vessel was sunk by a British submarine in February 1942.



In the News~

February 6, 1914 [OC]: “Word from Union Oil Company’s tank vessel, Pectan, which went ashore on San Miguel Island during the storm January 24, is that it will probably be pulled off the reef at flood tide about the tenth of this month.”


February 11, 1914 [SBDNI]: “Captain Vasquez of the launch Otter arrived here this morning from San Miguel Island where he witnessed the release of the British oil tanker Pectan from the sand bar. After being grounded for eighteen days, the vessel pulled herself from the bar without the aid of any of the vessels standing by, and proceeded north to have her hull thoroughly inspected before returning to Port San Luis for loading.”


February 12, 1914 [LAT]: “Captain Rosaline Vasquez of the launch Otter arrived here this morning from San Miguel Island, where he witnessed the release of the British oil tanker Pectan from the sand bar. The vessel pulled herself from the bar without the aid of any of the vessels standing by and proceeded north to have her hull thoroughly inspected before returning to Port San Luis for reloading. Captain Vasquez reports that the feed on San Miguel Island is being buried beneath the drifting sand. The once green island is now a white, bleak stretch of sand eight miles long and a mile and a half wide, with only a few green places where the grass as yet exists. Captain Waters of this city, with his brother, John Waters, are on the island looking after the 3000 sheep he has there. It is very likely the sheep will be removed. Captain Vasquez left tonight in the Otter to bring Captain Waters and his brother to this city.”