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George Boole

W. A. Boole & Son Shipyard was started in Oakland by William A. Boole.

For twenty-five years prior to his arrival In California, Mr. Boole, a native of Nova Scotia, was the promoter of a similar concern in Boston, Massachusetts. The long experience in his particular line of work together with his upright business methods, enabled him to amass a fortune.

He came to San Francisco in 1853 and did ship repair with Captain George Middlemas. Boole moved operations to Oakland in the 1880s, and built one of the first "marine railways" and dry docks on the west coast. The shipyard constructed a variety of ships, including 4 four-masted barkentines the Puako, Koko Head, Lahaina and Makaweli.

The Boole Shipyard was sold to the Moore Dry Dock Company in 1909.

September 28, 1884, Daily Alta California, San Francisco

The steam schooner Julia H. Ray, Captain Higgins, from Hueneme, Ventura county, for this port, loaded with grain, went ashore on the rocks off Point Conception Friday night. She filled with water soon after, and will probably prove a total loss.

She was a new vessel and had made only a few trips. She left here on the 9th instant for Laguna, Mendocino county, and took a cargo of lumber from there to one of the southern ports. The vessel has ten owners, the chief of whom is Elisha Higgins, of the firm of Higgins & Collins, lumber dealers on Steuart street, and a brother of the Captain C. A. Klose, Captain Blair, George Boole and Captain Miner. She was built by White about three months ago, and cost $28,000. All the owners but Captain Blair were insured. Pollard & Dodge are her agents. They received a telegram from Captain Higgins at Lompoc telling of the vessel's loss and asking for immediate assistance.

The tug Sea King, with Mr. Boole, one of the owners aboard, went to the scene of the wreck last night. It is presumed the wheat cargo was insured. The Captain and crew, ten men in all, reached the shore in safety.

April 26, 1884, Daily Alta California, San Francisco

The new propeller, Julia H. Ray, launched Thursday at foot of Sixth street, has been taken to Mission No. 1 to receive her machinery. She was built by George Boole for Higgings & Collins, and has been measured as follows: Register length, 118.5 feet; breadth, 28.5 feet; depth, 9 feet; gross tonnage, 177.2 tons; net, 126.19 tons.

May 31, 1903, San Francisco Call, San Francsico, California

Fire at Boole's Shipyard Destroys a Boarding-House — Chief Ball Hurt.

OAKLAND, May 30.— A fire destroyed a. boarding-house at Boole's shipyard, foot of Adeline street, this morning, and a workman by the name of Hansen, who left $500 in gold in his room, found It melted into a nugget which he will have to have reminted. The building, which was a two-story frame structure was a total loss. It was worth $2000.

Eighteen men lived in the place and the fire had gained such headway before it was discovered that one or two of therm had a narrow escape. Fire Chief Bail suffered a severe fall while directing the changing of the lines of hose and was thrown violently to the wharf. He is suffering from bruises and lacerations.

December 17, 1906, San Francisco Call, San Francisco

George Boole, Pioneer Shipbuilder, Dies at His Home

George Boole, for many years one of San Francisco's most prominent ship owners and ship builders, died yesterday at his home, 703 Broderick street, after a short illness resulting from a fall from a street car six weeks ago.

The deceased, who had reached the advanced age of 84, came to this city in the year 1868, and immediately, in company with; his brother, W. A. Boole, engaged in the business with which he was connected until the time his death. For twenty-five years prior to his arrival In California, Mr. Boole, who is a native of Nova Scotia, was the promoter of a similar, concern in Boston, Mass., and the long experience in his particular line of work together with his upright business methods, enabled him to amass a fortune.

Mr. Boole is survived by a wife and five children, two daughters, Emma J. Boole and Mrs. W. B. Hunt, and three sons,. F. W., F. A. and George George Boole Jr. The first, named is a prominent business man of Fresno and the two latter are well known in this city.

The funeral will take place from the family home on Broderick street on next Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock, and the remains will be interred in Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland.


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