DRENNAN,  Ryland

DRENNAN, Ryland[1, 2, 3, 4]

Male 1877 - 1928  (50 years)

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  • Name DRENNAN, Ryland 
    Born 28 Aug 1877  Santa Cruz, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Male 
    Color/Complexion Medium 
    Physical Description Large scar on right side of face  [4
    Residence 1880  Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Residence 1900  Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Residence 1900  Santa Cruz Ward 3, Santa Cruz, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Membership 1910  Royal Arch Masons of Santa Cruz Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Eye color Grey  [4
    Hair color Brown-grey mixed 
    Height 5 feet, 8 inches 
    Obituary From San Francisco Chronicle:

    Capt. Drennan Drops Dead in Midst of Song

    Famous Mariner Started Career Here With Line 24 Years Ago

    ---------------------------

    Captain Ryland Drennan, port superintendent of the Panama Mail Steamship Company and one of the best known mariners on the Pacific, dropped dead yesterday as he finished a round of golf with two friends at the Olympic Club. He was 51 years old.

    Drennan, whose wit and irrepressible high spirits had made him one of the best liked men in maritime service, had played a match with John O’Connor, manager of the Donovan Lumber Company, and E. A. MacMahon another shipping man.

    He seemed in even better spirits than usual as he walked to the clubhouse with them. He left them with a joke to go to his locker room. He was singing to himself as he walked along the corridor.

    Heard Him Fall

    Then O’Connor heard him fall, and rushing to his side, found him strangely still. O’Connor called Dr. L. O. Kimberlin, who was standing nearby, and the physician pronounced Drennan dead from heart failure.

    Captain Drennan entered the service of the Pacific Steamship Company, forerunner of the Panama Mail Company, twenty-four years ago, when he sailed as the fourth officer on the liner Manchuria, then sailing between San Francisco and the Orient.

    His rise was rapid. Five years later he was made commander of the liner Pennsylvania and had the distinction of being one of the youngest skippers in transpacific service. In 1917 he was transferred to the Columbia, then running to China.

    Entered World War

    A year later, when the United States entered the World war, John H. Rosseter, director of operations for the United States Shipping Board and vice-president of the Pacific Mail, took Drennan to Washington, D. C. as his assistant.

    Drennan was there for a year. Then he returned to San Francisco to take command of the navy training ship Iris.

    After the war he served as his company’s agent in Shanghai and as master of the steamer Hoosier State, now the President Lincoln, until 1924, when he was installed in San Francisco as port captain of the Pacific Mail.

    June 1, 1925, when the firm was succeeded by the Panama Mail, Drennan retained the corresponding position of port superintendent.

    Drennan was born in Santa Cruz in 1877. His only survivor is his widow. Since making his home in San Francisco he had lived at 2983 Pacific avenue. 
    Occupation Sea Captain  [9
    Residence San Francisco, San Francisco, California Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Residence 1920  Washington, Washington, District of Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Residence 1921-1928  2983 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Cause of Death Heart Attack 
    Died 19 Jan 1928  San Francisco, San Francisco Co, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  [11, 12
    Ryland Drennan Obituary
    Ryland Drennan Obituary
    Santa Cruz Evening News, 20 Jan 1928, P 1 Col 7
    Buried 22 Mar 1928  IOOF Cemetery, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Co, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Person ID I95  Hugh Byrne and Nanette Asimov Lines
    Last Modified 23 Mar 2014 

    Father DRENNAN, Samuel,   b. 30 Oct 1829, Chatam, Sangamon, IL, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Sep 1891, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Co, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Mother FERNALD, Olive Louisa,   b. 4 Apr 1839, North Berwick, York, ME, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Feb 1921, Santa Cruz, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 28 May 1868  Pacific Ocean House, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Co, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  [14, 15
    Photos
    Edith Anderson Drennan (Gragg) & Mabel Louise Drennan (Byrne)
    Edith Anderson Drennan (Gragg) & Mabel Louise Drennan (Byrne)
    Mabel, Dora, and Edith Drennan
    Mabel, Dora, and Edith Drennan
    Family ID F50  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family NICHOLS, Lois Mildred,   b. 2 May 1878, Santa Cruz, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1966, SANTA CRUZ, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 9 Oct 1910  San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Notes 
    • From San Francisco Call:

      Sailorman Takes a Wife

      Captain Ryland Drennan of the Pacific Mall service was married October 9 to Miss Lois Nichols. Captain Drennan is one of the younger masters in the company's service, and "until a few days ago was in command of the liner San Jose. He has not yet been assigned to another ship. [16]
    Last Modified 23 Apr 2017 
    Family ID F57  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 28 Aug 1877 - Santa Cruz, California Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1880 - Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1900 - Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1900 - Santa Cruz Ward 3, Santa Cruz, California Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - San Francisco, San Francisco, California Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 9 Oct 1910 - San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1920 - Washington, Washington, District of Columbia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1921-1928 - 2983 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 19 Jan 1928 - San Francisco, San Francisco Co, CA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 22 Mar 1928 - IOOF Cemetery, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Co, CA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Ryland Drennan circa 1920
    Ryland Drennan circa 1920
    From passport application dated April 29, 1920.
    Walter Fernald Byrne and Ryland Drennan
    Walter Fernald Byrne and Ryland Drennan
    Ryland Drennan
    Ryland Drennan
    Captain Ryland Drennan abt 1917
    Captain Ryland Drennan abt 1917
    Ryland Drennan and golf buddies
    Ryland Drennan and golf buddies
    Unclear what's going on here, although the gentlemen are gathered around a small flag planted in the ground.
    Ryland Drennan on ship deck
    Ryland Drennan on ship deck

    Histories
    The Scandalous Ship Mongolia
    The Scandalous Ship Mongolia
    Story of Chinese laborer smuggling scandal, in which Ryland Drennan was featured. Author: Robert Barde, Published in "Steamboat Bill", P 112-118, issue #249, Spring 2004, Journal of the Steamship Historical Society of America

  • Notes 
    • Santa Cruz Surf (Weekly)
      December 27 1890

      Location: Santa Cruz
      Source: Santa Cruz Public Library

      Distressing Accident.
      A Boy Shot While Carelessly Playing With a Gun.
      An accident of a peculiarly sad and distressing handled by a boy, brought
      disfigurement and perhaps death to a playmate.
      Frank Sager and Ryland Drennan, two well known boys, were playing on
      Chestnut avenue with a shot gun, and in some manner, Sager, who had the
      gun, accidentally discharged it, the full force of the shot striking young
      Drennan in the face tearing away the left side and shattering the jaw-bone.
      It was a most unfortunate case as young Drennan was an unusually bright
      boy, very popular among his friends, and should he recover will carry the
      ugly marks, resulting from one day's careless sport, through life. The
      shooting was entirely accidental, the boys being great friends. Young
      Sager is almst crazed with grief and fright over the unfortunate occurrence. The attending physician removed the shattered remnants of
      the bone, and it is hope that the boy may recover, although grave fears are
      entertained that other complications may set in that will prove fatal.

      Other notes on things to still be researched:

      Went to sea at an early age, and eventually became a steamship captain. Some miscellaneous items:

      * Travel and Comment - Page 17
      by James Duval Phelan - Voyages around the world - 1923 - 318 pages
      My ship was "The Hoosier State," Captain Ryland Drennan, a native of Santa Cruz,
      on the bridge, and Chief Engineer MJ Stack, a native of San Francisco, ...

      * The Historical Society of Southern California Quarterly - Page 25
      by Historical Society of Southern California - California, Southern - 1961
      ... and later in the hands of her brother, Captain Ryland Drennan, of San Francisco,
      another interesting bit of information was discovered. ...

      * The National Marine
      by National Marine League of the United States of America - Merchant marine - 1918
      Page 42
      You will also make the members of the crew directly responsible for the care of
      these books and periodicals. CAPTAIN RYLAND DRENNAN, Deck Department. ..

      * Japanese Immigration Legislation: Hearings Before the Committee on ... - Page 117
      by United States Congress. Senate. Committee on Immigration - 1924 - 170 pages
      Ryland Drennan told me on the voyage which I took with him that he lost 14 of
      his crew in San Francisco on his previous voyage. ...

      * Inquiry Into Operations of Shipping Board: Hearings, July 24-Aug. 7, 1919 - Page 144
      by United States, Merchant Marine and Fisheries, Congress, House - 1919 - 795 pages
      Ryland Drennan, who had been a captain of the Pacific Mail Steamship Co. and also
      other companies prior to that time, for many years. ...

      * From the days prior to the Mongolia scandal unfolding, a story in the SF Chronicle about Ryland’s new appointment on the China Mail Steamship Company:

      Harbor News

      Under the houseflag of the China Mail Steamship Company, the former Pacific Mail liner China will steam from this port Saturday at 1 o’clock, and will inaugurate a service which is to compete with the T. K. K for the mastery of the trade between San Francisco and ports of the Orient other than Japanese. Captain Ryland Drennan is to go out in command of the China, and is well known as a navigator and master out of this port.

      Drennan’s last command was the Pacific Mailer Newport in the Panama service, and later he went in the China trade of the company. He arrived here yesterday as chief officer of the liner Mongolia, and is to sever his connection with the Pacific Mail Company today.

      The position of master of the China was offered him by radiogram from this port three days ago, and he accepted at once, so when the Mongolia steams for the Atlantic, there will be another chief as second to Captain Emery Rice.

      Loaded to capacity with freight, the China will inaugurate the service of the of the new company to the Far East, and her cabins and steerage will be filled with passengers. Already the reservations of Chinese have filled the vessel as far as all accommodations except cabin are concerned, and at present Europeans and Americans have taken practically all the first-class accommodations on the trim liner.

      Ceremonies incident to the christening of the houseflag of the new China Mail Steamship Company will be held on board the liner China at pier 42 this afternoon. At that time the new company will take its place among the shipping concerns of San Francisco and a large delegation of prominent shipping men will be present.


      Served on the United States shipping Board, and is mentioned as being present during negotiations over the NY longshoremen’s strike in 1919. [17, 18]
    • A blog post I wrote about Ryland Drennan in 2012: http://byrnefamily.net/ryland-drennan-siren-song-sea/

  • Sources 
    1. [S13] 1900 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004), Ancestry.com. 1900 U.S. Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2004. Original data: United States. 1900 United States Federal Census. T623, 1854 rolls. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C. Santa Cruz, California, ED 90, roll T623 112, page 18B.

    2. [S15] 1920 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005), Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2005. Indexed by Ancestry.com from microfilmed schedules of the 1920 U.S. Federal Decennial Census. Data imaged from National Archives and Records Administration.1920 Federal Population Census. T625, 2,076 rolls. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C.

    3. [S141] World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Ancestry.com. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-18 [database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2002. National Archives and Records Administration. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. M1509, 4,277 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration.

    4. [S410] Passport Applications: Chicago, New York City, New Orleans, San Francisco and Seattle, 1914-1925 -> 1918-1920 .

    5. [S11] 1880 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005), 1880 U.S. Census Index provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, © Copyright 1999 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved., All use is subject to the limited use license and other terms and conditions applicable to this site.

    6. [S508] Capt. Drennan Drops Dead in Midst of Song.

    7. [S410] Passport Applications: Chicago, New York City, New Orleans, San Francisco and Seattle, 1914-1925 -> 1918-1920 , “Resided in Mexico for six months in 1911, and Australia for 16 weeks in 1900”.

    8. [S283] Proceedings of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of California, Freemasons California, (v. 55-56 1910), Royal Arch Masons:...Drennan, Ryland..., p 501, Santa Cruz Chapter #38.

    9. [S410] Passport Applications: Chicago, New York City, New Orleans, San Francisco and Seattle, 1914-1925 -> 1918-1920 , Letter from Pacific Mail Steamship included: “Captain Drennan is paid by the company on a salary basis, and has been connected with Pacific Mail Steamship Co since 1904”.

    10. [S508] Capt. Drennan Drops Dead in Midst of Song, Since making his home in San Francisco he had lived at 2983 Pacific avenue.

    11. [S54] California Death Index 1905-1929, Drennan, Ryland, Age=50, County = 90 (San Francisco), Date = 1/19/1928, Case #=4655, 2905.

    12. [S230] Santa Cruz IOOF Cemetery Records, Index of Cemetery Records of Santa Cruz County, (Santa Cruz Genealogical Society), Drennan / Ryland / / Died 22 Mar 1928 / Age = 50.

    13. [S230] Santa Cruz IOOF Cemetery Records, Index of Cemetery Records of Santa Cruz County, (Santa Cruz Genealogical Society), Drennan, Ryland, Born = blank, Buried 22 Mar 1928, Age 50, P. 138.

    14. [S213] Santa Cruz Sentinel, (Santa Cruz, CA 1850s to present), May 30, 1868, pg. 2 col. 5.

    15. [S229] DAR California Pioneers, Unpublished records of the families of California pioneers / gathered by the various chapters from original sources, (California : State Committee of Genealogical Research, Daughters of the American Revolution, [1927- ]), She (Louisa Fernald) taught for three or four years and was married May 28, 1868 to Samuel Drennan at the Pacific Ocean House which was the first brick hotel of the town and built by Amasa Pray, her brother-in-law., Vol 4, page 165.

    16. [S411] San Francisco Call.

    17. [S456] Harbor News.

    18. [S533] Hylan’s Strike Conference Fails, Ryland Drennan of the United States Shipping Board.