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Progresso (-1920)



In the News~

October 13, 1920 [Sacramento Union]: “Ship Aground With 200 Passengers. San Diego, Oct. 12.— Word was received here in a radio message tonight that the Mexican gunboat Progresso, reported last night to be aground on the Lower California coast, was hard and fast on a rocky ledge on Sacramento Reef, Geronimo Island. The message was sent by Captain Wright of the steamer Annette Rolph. It said that there were 200 passengers aboard and that these included the wife and other members of the family of the new governor of Lower California, Manuel Balarezo. Captain Wright's message said that the Progresso had a large hole in her bow, that the Annette Rolph had stood by all this morning and that she had offered to take off the passengers and crew but that the offer was declined. The steamer supplied the stranded boat all the provisions that the Annette Rolph could spare and proceeded toward San Francisco. Sacramento Reef is about thirty miles north of San Quintin and about 230 miles form San Diego. The scene of the grounding is only a few miles from San Carlos Point, where the San Diego steamer Newark was destroyed a few weeks ago.”


October 14, 1920 [Sacramento Union]: “Vessels Speed to Save Passengers of Ill-Fated Ship. San Diego, Oct. 13.—Under orders from Rear Admiral Wiley, the United States mine sweeper Kingfisher sailed this evening from this port to the assistance of the Mexican gunboat Progresso, reported stranded on Sacramento reef, San Geronimo Island, off the Lower California coast, with 200 passengers aboard. Two other vessels are going at top speed tonight to reach the Progresso in time to prevent loss of life. They are the Mexican patrol boat Tecate, carrying Governor Manuel Balaezo of Lower California, whose family is aboard the Progresso, and the fast power schooner Mariam. Shipping men here expressed the fear that the Progresso could not be saved, although they said the chance of saving its passengers was good.”


October 14, 1920 [San Pedro Daily News]]: “San Diego, Oct. 14.—The United States mine sweeper Kingfisher sailed from here to the assistance of the Mexican gunboat Progresso, reported stranded on Sacramento Reef, San Geronimo Island, off the Lower California coast, with 200 passengers.”