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STAFFORD, Albert Francis (1886-1918), son of William and Julia Stafford of Santa Barbara, who was a young, local seaman at the turn of the century. By 1910 he had moved to San Francisco. During World War I, Stafford served as an ensign aboard the 401-foot Naval Overseas Transportation Service vessel, U.S.S. Ticonderoga. On an Atlantic crossing, the ship was hit and sunk by a German torpedo on September 30, 1918. Only 24 of 237 sailors and soldiers survived.

In the News~

January 5, 1905 [SBMP]: “The large turtle caught by Captain Gourley and Albert Stafford in the channel Tuesday is an attraction at the pleasure wharf and is being viewed by hundreds. The big reptile measures 9 feet from flipper to flipper, and ten feet from nose to tail. It is probable that the Chamber of Commerce will acquire it as an exhibit to be placed in their rooms in the Howard-Canfield building.”

June 20, 1905 [SBMP]: “The Peerless left Sunday for San Miguel Island on a seal-fishing trip. Captain Colice Vasquez was accompanied by Albert Stafford and Theodore Conant.”

November 4, 1905 [SBMP]: “The launch Irene sails this morning for Santa Cruz Island in charge of Albert Stafford. The boat will visit several crawfish camps on the island and will bring in their catches on time for shipment to San Francisco on Sunday evening’s steamers.”

December 28, 1905 [SBMP]: “The power launch Irene will sail for Santa Cruz Island today in charge of Albert Stafford. She will visit the crawfish camps there and look after other business of a minor character. Rough weather at the islands has been disastrous to the crawfish business, washing away many traps and making catches small where paraphernalia was saved.”

March 4, 1919 [SBP]: “Commander of Ticonderoga relates details of Ensign A. F. Stafford’s Heroic Death...