Monterey, CA Two Ships Collide In Pacific, May 1956



Monterey, Calif. (AP) -- A 10,000-ton freighter cut a coastwise steam lumber schooner in two off the central California coast before dawn today, killing at least three men.
Two others were missing. One of the 23 survivors was listed by the Coast Guard as
"in bad shape."
The Coast Guard said its radio messages indicated the S.S. MARINE LEOPARD rammed and lashed through the S.S. HOWARD OLSON.
Three hours after the collision only the bow section of the schooner remained afloat.
Coast Guard casualty figures came from the master of the freighter JOHN E. WATERMAN which picked up one survivor and one body from the 55-degree water. Others were picked up by the Marine Leopard.
The collision occurred at 2:53 a.m. PDT, about 2 1/2 miles off Point Sur. That's about 175 miles south of San Francisco and 20 miles south of this plush Monterey Bay resort area.
K. W. ANDERSON, officer in charge of the Coast Guard lighthouse at Point Sur, said all he could see before dawn was the search lights of rescue vessels and flares dropped by a Coast Guard airplane. At dawn, all he could see of the Olson was the bow section.
Taking part in the rescue were the Leopard, the Waterman, a tug, an Associated Oil Co. tanker and two Coast Guard cutters.
Capt. David Kennedy of the tanker said the accident occurred in a heavily traveled ship lane. He said he learned about it when his first mate spotted flares and called him about 4:10 a.m.
The Coast Guard said the Olson was bound from Los Angeles for Coos Bay,Ore., and the Marine Leopard was headed from San Francisco for the east coast.

Chester Times Pennsylvania 1956-05-14