Seaborn

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Seaborn (#) (-1951), 65-foot fishing vessel converted from a former Navy tug, that was in a night-time collision off Anacapa Island on September 2, 1951. Her owner, John K. Sanborn, survived, but his two teen-aged children sank with the vessel.



In the News~

September 3, 1951 [LAT]: “Two children in sea collision. Teen-agers trapped below deck of father's fishing boat in crash with ocean freighter. Two teen aged children of John K. Sanborn, 39, former manufacturer, Alameda, were trapped below the deck of their father's commercial fishing craft and believed drowned yesterday in a collision between the fishing craft and an ocean freighter. The sea tragedy occurred at 2 a.m. three miles northwest of Anacapa Island, off Ventura, when Seaborn's vessel, named the Seaborn, and the S.S. Sea Fighter, of the Orion Ship Co., struck with a rendering crash. Seaborn himself escaped through a window of the pilothouse and was picked up by a sister fishing boat, Rose Marie II. The parent, numb from shock, was taken to Santa Barbara by the Rose Marie. An ambulance that had been ordered to stand in readiness took him to the hospital. Between fits of crying, Seaborn said that he had no hope for the rescue of the children. The children are John K. Seaborn, Jr., 14, and Joann, 16. They had accompanied their father to Southern California waters for a summer of fishing and the family group was on the way back to Alameda when the accident occurred. Fishing craft and Coast Guard Cutter 83366, operating out of Santa Barbara, together with a Coast Guard PBY plane, hunted over the scene of the collision for hours for a trace of the missing brother and sister. They found nothing. The Sea Fighter halted at the scene for almost four hours and played its searchlight on the heaving seas in the hope of sighting the pair. Then it resumed its journey from the Pacific Northwest and out in at Los Angeles Harbor yesterday afternoon. Seaborn and the Rose Marie's crewmen, Frank and John Bellici of San Francisco, offered a few details of the tragedy when they landed at Santa Barbara. At the harbor, Charles Cox, 2027-1/2 S. Central Ave., who was the lookout in the bow of the Sea Fighter, gave a clear account. "I saw the lights of three boats ahead," he said. "One of the boats was larger than the other two. One of the small boats crossed our bow a mile ahead.[missing piece] he saw it drift away, out of reach of a man he saw clinging to the overturned hull. He heard the man say that he could not hang on much longer. The Rose Marie then picked him up. Capt. Lawrence Christie of Rhode Island, is skipper of the Sea Fighter, a Liberty-type ship en route to Europe with a cargo of lumber. John E. Dherin of Sumner, Wash., is the helmsman. Seaborn formerly owned a metal products manufacturing plant in Alameda, but two years ago bought the Seaborn to engage in commercial fishing as a sideline. Last year, he sold his plant and devoted himself solely to his new venture. Seaborn's boat was a former 65-foot Navy tug which he converted for fishing. His father, Capt. Fred Seaborn, was captain of the port for the Mare Island Navy Yard for 10 years until his death in 1936. Seaborn took a similar trip with the two children last year. The mother, Mrs. Anita Seaborn, was told of the tragedy as she left the First Presbyterian Church in Alameda, where she is a Sunday school teacher. She flew to Santa Barbara to be with her husband. They have two other children, Gary, 6 and Heather, 3.”