Surf, CA Steamship SANTA ROSA Wreck, Jul 1911

That Is Report From Santa Barbara Today.

Survivors Of Wrecked Ship Denounce Captain

Special to the Evening News.

SANTA BARBARA, JULY 8 - According to passengers on the ship Santa Rosa, that was wrecked near Surf, and who arrived here early this morning, the loss of life will not be confined to the four members of the crew, who went into the surf when a life-boat was swamped. It is declared that at least 8 passengers were lost in the life-raft that went to pieces in the surf. Also, that all of the crew of a hundred men have not been accounted for.

San Francisco, July 8 - It was announced at the offices of the Pacific Coast Steamship Company at ten o'clock this morning that Purser Holton of the wrecked steamship Santa Rosa, had reported that of the passengers and crew on the vessel only four, and all members of the crew, are known to have lost their lives.

A life boat with nineteen passengers aboard is known to have capsized.

The report is that twelve passengers were drowned.

This is not denied or verified at the office of the steamship company.

The list of passengers has not been checked up. There was no way in which this could be done, completely, for as soon as the survivors reached the shore they took trains for Surf.

A dispatch from Santa Barbara says that eight lives were lost.

One of the survivors declares that from eight to twelve persons were drowned; that the victims were on the life-raft that capsized in breakers.

When the checking up of the crew of a hundred men is finally made, it is maintained that more than four will be missing.

Santa Barbara, July 8 - Survivors of the wrecked ship Santa Rosa, who arrived here at 2:30 o’clock this morning were today unsparing in their criticism of the action of the officials of the Pacific Coast Steamship Company of San Francisco.

At first Captain Faria was denounced, but he maintains that throughout he was acting under instructions from the offices of the steamship company in San Francisco with whom he was communicating by wireless; that these messages here exchanged from an early hour in the morning until he left the ship.

The captain admits, however, that he told the steamship officials in San Francisco in his messages that the ship was not injured and in no immediate danger; that it could float at high tide; later that he told them there was and even sea.

The passengers are most severe in their condemnation of the action of the captain in not allowing the passengers to leave the ship in the morning when the sea was smooth, and they could have all been taken aboard the steam schooners Helen Drew and Centralia, that came alongside and offered to take them off. The offer was refused by the captain.

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