Oral Histories

Interview of Fred K. Klebingat

Sailor and advocate for the preservation of the ship Falls of Clyde.
Pacific Coast Shipmaster
Interviews not in a series, part one
Community History
Biographical Note:
Sailor and advocate for the preservation of the ship Falls of Clyde.
Tweedale, Dellene M.
Klebingat, Fred K.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Going to sea in D. H. Wätjen from Bremen, Germany, 1905; sailing around Cape of Good Hope to West Coast; signing on five-masted American schooner Crescent; work in South Sea trade to Marquesas, Tahiti, Western Samoa, and American Samoa; trips from San Francisco to San Diego, Ventura, Gaviota, Redondo, and other California ports, 1911-12; citizenship papers, 1914; shipping in Falls of Clyde to Gaviota, Honolulu, San Pedro; Star of Poland wrecked on voyage to Nagasaki; seven years as skipper of four-masted American schooner Melrose, running to Hawaii and South Seas; skipper of Zane Grey's yacht Fisherman; captain of liberty ships and oil tankers during World War II; working ships for movies; Otto Mathies and John Barrymore; restoring Falls of Clyde; shipping lumber to San Pedro; yachting business in San Pedro; Prohibition; shipowners' attitude to unions before 1934 strike; shipping oil to Redondo; rum running; whaling; whale sharks; big-time yachting; Howard Hughes; origin of longshoremen.