[Marin County Obit Board]

Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 10:13:46 :

Sausalito News
Saturday, September 8, 1923
Page 5

Fletcher (sic) Ryer, one of the pioneer and very capable steamship captains out of San Francisco, passed away at his home in Mill Valley on Tuesday night. He leaves a wife, May Ryer, and two sons, Murray H. and George F. Ryer.

For over forty years as a seaman of the old school he sailed the high seas and established a very worthy record. He was very highly esteemed by the thousands of passengers that he always safely brought into port. He served in the merchant marine during the Spanish American and the World wars. (sic) During the latter war he made a perilous trip through the Arctic ocean to Archangel. His ship made the fastest time between San Francisco and six European ports.

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Mill Valley Record
Saturday, September 8, 1923
Page 1

Passing of a Seaman Patriot in His Mill Valley Home
Capt. Foster Ryer passed over the bar at his home in Mill Valley Tuesday, Sept. 4, near midnight. Bath, Me., was his native city. His life was given to service on the seas and he was a type of the old deep sea mariner.

Capt. Ryer leaves the record of having made the fastest voyage from San Francisco to six ports in Europe, as was acknowledged by the London office, where his record for efficiency was noted. He served with the U. S. Merchant Marine in the late war, during which he was sent with his ship on a perilous voyage to Archangel, on the Arctic Ocean, in the far north of Russia. He also served his country similarly during the Spanish-American War. In all he put in more than 40 years on the high seas.

A trusty seaman abroad, this captain was a man whom it was a privilege to know in port. He was in all respects a true man and a true friend. He leaves to revere his memory his wife, Mrs. May Ryer, and two sons, Murray H. and George F. Ryer.

Funeral services were held at Cypress Lawn and were private.

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